Bucknell Bison men's basketball

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 Bison
2019–20 Bucknell Bison men's basketball team
UniversityBucknell University
Head coachNathan Davis (4th season)
ConferencePatriot
LocationLewisburg, Pennsylvania
ArenaSojka Pavilion
(Capacity: 4,000)
NicknameBison
ColorsBlue and Orange[1]
         
Uniforms
Home
Away
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)

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#16First Round#1 GeorgetownL 5375
1989#15First Round#2 SyracuseL 81104
2005#14First Round
Second Round
#3 Kansas
#6 Wisconsin
W 6463
L 6271
2006#9First Round
Second Round
#8 Arkansas
#1 Memphis
W 5955
L 5672
2011#14First Round#3 UConnL 5281
2013#11First Round#6 ButlerL 5668
2017#13First Round#4 West VirginiaL 8086
2018#14First Round#3 Michigan StateL 7882

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
2012First Round
Second Round
Arizona
Nevada
W 65–54
L 6775
2015First RoundTempleL 67–73
2016First RoundMonmouthL 80–90

Seasons

Records

All-Time Leaders

*Accurate as of 11-19-2019

Points

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
1985Jaye AndrewsEast Coast Conference
1992Patrick KingPatriot League
1993Mike BrightPatriot League
2006Charles LeePatriot League
2011Mike MuscalaPatriot League
2013Mike MuscalaPatriot League
2014Cameron AyersPatriot League
2017Nana FoullandPatriot League
2018Zach ThomasPatriot League

Conference Coach of the Year

Year Player Conference
1984Charlie WoollumEast Coast Conference
1985Charlie WoollumEast Coast Conference
1987Charlie WoollumEast Coast Conference
1993Charlie WoollumPatriot League
1995Pat FlanneryPatriot League
1997Pat FlanneryPatriot League
2006Pat FlanneryPatriot League
2011Dave PaulsenPatriot League
2012Dave PaulsenPatriot League
2016Nathan DavisPatriot League
2017Nathan DavisPatriot League

Retired numbers

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

No. Player Years
22Al Leslie1977–1981
44Hal Danzig1956–1959

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 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.
  5. "Bucknell to Retire Jerseys of Former Basketball Stars Hal Danzig, Al Leslie". CBS Sports. February 6, 2006. Retrieved September 3, 2018.


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