The Tar Heels could potentially face the Fairfield Stags in the teams’ second game of the Hall of Fame Tip-off tournament in Uncasville, Conn. Potentially is the keyword there since the Stags will face defending champions the Louisville Cardinals in their first game. So if this game does take place it likely means that UNC lost its game to Richmond the day before and is playing in the consolation game.
The Fairfield Stags are from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and are led by Sydney Johnson who is entering his 3rd season at school and has led the Stags to the CIT tournament his first two years. This season could be a struggle for Coach Johnson as he has no double digit scorers returning and the Fairfield roster only features one senior Maurice Barrow who Coach Johnson will likely lean on heavily as the rest of the roster is made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores. One of those sophomores who will also be counted on is Amadou Sidibe, last season’s conference Rookie of the Year has already been named team captain. He and Barrow will be the Stags biggest offensive threats along with another sophomore Marcus Gilbert who is a terrific outside shooter. Unfortunately for them perhaps their best player Pittsburgh transfer Malcolm Gilbert will not be eligible to play until mid-season and will miss this game.
The Stags are a team that will likely look to slow down the pace and try to keep the Heels from playing at their usual break neck pace, Fairfield was pretty successful at slowing the pace last season giving up only 59 points per game. However, the problem with that is they only scored 60 points per game. While Fairfield appears to have the defense to challenge UNC they simply do not have enough offensive firepower to offer a real threat to the Tar Heels if they do end up meeting.