Bucknell Bison men's basketball

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Bucknell Bison
2017–18 Bucknell Bison men's basketball team
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University Bucknell University
Head coach Nathan Davis (3rd season)
Conference Patriot
Location Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Arena Sojka Pavilion
(Capacity: 4,000)
Nickname Bison
Colors Blue and Orange[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta champions
1901
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
2005, 2006
NCAA Tournament appearances
1987, 1989, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2018
Conference tournament champions
1987, 1989 (ECC)
2005, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2018 (Patriot League)
Conference regular season champions
1987, 1989 (ECC)
1992, 1993, 1995, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (Patriot League)

The Bucknell Bison men's basketball team represents Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania in NCAA Division I competition. The school's team competes in the Patriot League and plays home games in Sojka Pavilion.[2]

Bucknell began varsity intercollegiate competition in men's basketball in 1896,[3] the Bison were retroactively recognized as the pre-NCAA Tournament national champion for the 1900–01 season by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll.[4]

Postseason[edit]

Bucknell has appeared in eleven postseason tournaments, with three wins in total; in 2005, Bucknell defeated #3 seed Kansas in the first round as a #14 seed, in the biggest upset of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. They received the award for "Best Upset" at the 2005 ESPY Awards, the following year, they received a #9 seed (highest in Patriot League history) and defeated the #8 seeded Arkansas in the first round.

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Bison have appeared in eight NCAA Tournaments, their combined record is 2–8.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1987 #16 First Round #1 Georgetown L 53–75
1989 #15 First Round #2 Syracuse L 81–104
2005 #14 First Round
Second Round
#3 Kansas
#6 Wisconsin
W 64–63
L 62–71
2006 #9 First Round
Second Round
#8 Arkansas
#1 Memphis
W 59–55
L 56–72
2011 #14 First Round #3 UConn L 52–81
2013 #11 First Round #6 Butler L 56–68
2017 #13 First Round #4 West Virginia L 80–86
2018 #14 First Round #3 Michigan State L 78–82

From 2011–2015 the round of 64 was known as the Second Round

NIT results[edit]

The Bison have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) three times, their record is 1–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
2012 First Round
Second Round
Arizona
Nevada
W 65–54
L 67–75
2015 First Round Temple L 67–73
2016 First Round Monmouth L 80–90

Seasons[edit]

Records[edit]

All-Time Leaders[edit]

*Accurate as of 2-28-2018

Points[edit]

Rank Player Career Total
1 Mike Muscala 2009-2013 2,036
2 Al Leslie 1977-1981 1,973
3 Bob Barry 1976-1980 1,809
4 Nana Foulland 2014-Present 1,707
5 Zach Thomas 2014-Present 1,673
6 Mike Bright 1989-1993 1,670
7 Kevin Bettencourt 2002-2006 1,577
8 Jaye Andrews 1981-1985 1,535
9 Chris McNaughton 2003-2007 1,529
10 Cameron Ayers 2010-2014 1,526

Assists[edit]

Rank Player Career Total
1 Mike Joseph 1986-1990 565
2 Chris Seneca 1983-1987 553
3 Stephen Brown 2014-Present 508
4 Pat Flannery 1976-1980 505
5 Darryl Shazier 2007-2011 498
6 Steven Kaspar 2011-2015 413
7 Cal Puriefoy 1981-1984 399
8 Abe Badmus 2003-2007 375
9 Russell Peyton 1989-1993 332
10 Bryan Cohen 2008-2012 313

Rebounds[edit]

Rank Player Career Total
1 Hal Danzig 1956-1959 1,134
2 Mike Muscala 2009-2013 1,093
3 Bob Barry 1976-1980 986
4 Craig Greenwood 1966-1969 909
5 Nana Foulland 2014-Present 877
6 Lorry Hathaway 1962-1965 876
7 Mike Butts 1985-1989 860
8 Joe Steiner 1959-1962 843
9 Mike Bright 1989-1993 834
10 Harvey Carter 1970-1973 783

NBA draft[edit]

Bucknell has had three players drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA). Mike Muscala is the only current active bison playing in the NBA.

Player Draft Round Pick Team Notes
Mike Muscala 2013 2 44 Atlanta Hawks
Jaye Andrews 1985 7 169 Philadelphia 76ers
Al Leslie 1981 2 37 Indiana Pacers Highest drafted in program history

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bucknell University Brand Guidelines". Retrieved March 16, 2018. 
  2. ^ Bucknell Bison men's basketball 2007-08 media guide Archived April 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed April 19, 2008.
  3. ^ "Bucknell Bison". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ ESPN, ed. (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: ESPN Books. p. 529. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2. 

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