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.
|Head coach||Nathan Davis (4th season)|
|Arena||Sojka Pavilion |
|Colors||Blue and Orange|
|Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta Champions|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|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. The Bison were retroactively recognized as the pre-NCAA Tournament national champion for the 1900–01 season by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll.
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 resultsEdit
The Bison have appeared in eight NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 2–8.
|1987||#16||First Round||#1 Georgetown||L 53–75|
|1989||#15||First Round||#2 Syracuse||L 81–104|
|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
The Bison have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) three times. Their record is 1–3.
|2015||First Round||Temple||L 67–73|
|2016||First Round||Monmouth||L 80–90|
*Accurate as of 9-2-2018
Conference Player of the YearEdit
|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 YearEdit
|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|
The Bison have retired two jersey numbers in program history, both in 2006.
|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|
- "Bucknell University Brand Guidelines". Retrieved March 16, 2018.
- Bucknell Bison men's basketball 2007-08 media guide Archived April 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed April 19, 2008.
- "Bucknell Bison". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
- 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.
- "Bucknell to Retire Jerseys of Former Basketball Stars Hal Danzig, Al Leslie". CBS Sports. February 6, 2006. Retrieved September 3, 2018.