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Bucknell Bison Men's Basketball
Bucknell Bison
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UniversityBucknell University
Head coachNathan Davis (4th season)
ConferencePatriot
LocationLewisburg, Pennsylvania
ArenaSojka Pavilion
(Capacity: 4,000)
NicknameBison
ColorsBlue and Orange[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Home
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Away jersey
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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
1979, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989 (ECC)
1992, 1993, 1995, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (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

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

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

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

Records

All-Time Leaders

*Accurate as of 9-2-2018

Points

Mike Muscala was the first player in program history to score 2,000 points and collect 1,000 rebounds.
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 2014-2018 1,754
5 Zach Thomas 2014-2018 1,738
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

Rank Player Career Total
1 Mike Joseph 1986-1990 565
2 Chris Seneca 1983-1987 553
3 Stephen Brown 2014-2018 524
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

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 2014-2018 907
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

Award winners

Conference Player of the Year

Nana Foulland (left) and Zach Thomas (right) won back-to-back Patriot League Player of the Year awards as teammates in 2017 and 2018.
Year Player Conference
1985 Jaye Andrews East Coast Conference
1992 Patrick King Patriot League
1993 Mike Bright Patriot League
2006 Charles Lee Patriot League
2011 Mike Muscala Patriot League
2013 Mike Muscala Patriot League
2014 Cameron Ayers Patriot League
2017 Nana Foulland Patriot League
2018 Zach Thomas Patriot League

Conference Coach of the Year

Year Player Conference
1984 Charlie Woollum East Coast Conference
1985 Charlie Woollum East Coast Conference
1987 Charlie Woollum East Coast Conference
1993 Charlie Woollum Patriot League
1995 Pat Flannery Patriot League
1997 Pat Flannery Patriot League
2006 Pat Flannery Patriot League
2011 Dave Paulsen Patriot League
2012 Dave Paulsen Patriot League
2016 Nathan Davis Patriot League
2017 Nathan Davis Patriot League

Retired numbers

The Bison have retired two jersey numbers in program history, both in 2006.[5]

No. Player Years
22 Al Leslie 1977-1981
44 Hal Danzig 1956-1959

NBA draft

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
Al Leslie 1981 2 37 Indiana Pacers Highest drafted in program history
Jaye Andrews 1985 7 169 Philadelphia 76ers
Mike Muscala 2013 2 44 Atlanta Hawks Only Bison to play in the NBA

References

  1. ^ "Bucknell University Brand Guidelines". Retrieved 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 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.
  5. ^ "Bucknell to Retire Jerseys of Former Basketball Stars Hal Danzig, Al Leslie". CBS Sports. February 6, 2006. Retrieved 2018.

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