January 10, 2006 11:39 am ET by Kyle Whelliston
But because I'm Mr. Brightside, I like to use this light day to point out teams and players that don't regularly get the pub. Sure, Fairfield (3-8, 1-2) and Rider (4-7, 0-3) will likely be playing on first round Friday at the MAAC tourney in Albany, but they're both intriguing collections of awkwardly-matching parts. Senior Stags forward Dewitt Maxwell (15.5 ppg) is returning from a semester in the spanking machine after a team-rules violation, and Terrence Todd is a streaky little three-point shooter. On the Rider side, they;ve got a pair of Thompson gunners (Jason and Lewis) and distribute well (MAAC-best 60.6% assisted-basket percentage)
But if there's anything these two squads have in common, it's horrible defense: Rider has the 268th most efficient D (104.0 raw rating), and Fairfield's is ninth-worst in the country (111.2, 324th). If either team scores 100 points, everybody wins a chalupa.
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