Team preview: Fairfield

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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

Having led his team to a top three finish in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference each of the last three seasons, Fairfield's Tim O'Toole has a pretty good idea of what it takes to succeed in a very competitive league.

Character and veteran leadership are at the top of his list.

Although they lose All-MAAC forward Deng Gai (12.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 5.5 ppg), who led the nation in blocked shots and pace-setting point guard Tyquawn Goode (6.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.9 apg), the Stags do return three senior starters who have played key roles in their recent success.

So, do they have enough talent and experience to fashion another top-three finish?