What: Bucknell (0-3) at Maryland (3-0)
Where: XFINITY Center, College Park, Md. (*CLEAR BAG POLICY*)
When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2017, 8:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: Big Ten Network
Local Radio: Eagle 107 (107.3 FM WEGH)
Listen Live: BucknellBison.com and Eagle107.com
Live Stats: UMTerps.com
• COMPLETE GAME NOTES
Bucknell Probable Starters
G: Stephen Brown (11.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 7.7 apg)
G: Kimbal Mackenzie (3.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.3 apg)
G: Avi Toomer (6.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.3 apg)
F: Zach Thomas (25.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.0 apg)
C: Nana Foulland (17.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 apg)
With a Win over Maryland, Bucknell Would ...
• ... improve to 1-3 overall and 1-3 on the road this season.
• ... defeat the Terrapins for the first time in eight all-time meetings.
• ... snap a three-game losing streak against the Big Ten and defeat a team from that conference for the first time since 2013-14 (90-80 at Penn State).
• ... avoid its first 0-4 start since 2006-07.
• ... improve to 44-26 under Nathan Davis.
• Bucknell’s grueling opening-week road trip concludes on Saturday with a trip to Maryland. In the first eight days of the season, the Bison have played road games at Monmouth, Arkansas, North Carolina and Maryland. Those four teams combined to win 110 games last season, with UNC winning the national championship, Arkansas and Maryland also playing in the NCAA Tournament and Monmouth in the NIT.
• Bucknell is coming off a solid showing at No. 9 North Carolina on Wednesday. After trailing by as many as 16 in the first half, the Bison cut the margin to one at 59-58 with 12:40 to play. The game was played within two possessions until the Tar Heels pulled away in the final five minutes.
• The Bison are shooting 45% from the field and 40% from 3-point range thus far. They have made double-digit 3-pointers in all three games but have struggled from the free-throw line, hitting at just 55%.
• Bucknell brings home three players with Maryland ties. Zach Thomas is from Ijamsville and attended Oakdale H.S., where he graduated as the No. 2 all-time scorer in Maryland public school history. Thomas’s Oakdale team lost to Potomac H.S., led by current Maryland guard Dion Wiley, in the 2014 3A state championship game at XFINITY Center. Bruce Moore is a Randallstown native and went to McDonogh. And while Kimbal Mackenzie is a native of Oakville, Ontario, he attended high school at John Carroll in the Baltimore area. In addition, head coach Nathan Davis hails from the D.C. area and attended Walter Johnson H.S. in Bethesda.
• Senior Zach Thomas is off to quite a start, averaging 25.3 points and 10.0 rebounds in the first three games of the season. Thomas is the first Bison in 26 years to start a season with three straight 20-point games. Mike Bright was the last to do it in 1991-92. The Bucknell archives have game-by-game data back to the mid-1950s, and since then no player has started a season with four straight 20-point games.
• In the season-opener at Monmouth, Thomas set personal bests with 31 points and 16 rebounds, including 24 points and 11 boards in the second half. Thomas became the first Bucknell player to record at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in a game since Boakai Lalugba had 30 and 15 against Cornell on Nov. 26, 2001. Thomas followed that game with 24 points and 10 rebounds at Arkansas on Sunday. He was named Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday.
• The Bison were the unanimous favorite in the Patriot League Preseason Poll of head coaches and sports information directors. Nana Foulland was voted PL Preseason Player of the Year and was joined on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team by Thomas.
• Bucknell has all five starters back from last year’s team that swept the Patriot League regular-season and tournament titles and went to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in program history. The Bison took fourth-seeded West Virginia right to the wire before falling 86-80.
• Maryland is off to a 3-0 start, with double-digit victories over Stony Brook, Maryland-Eastern Shore and Butler.
How to Get the Game
• The Bucknell-Maryland game will be televised by the Big Ten Network, with Greg Amsinger and Dan Bonner on the call.
• The game can be heard in the Susquehanna Valley on the radio on Eagle 107 (WEGH 107.3 FM), with Doug Birdsong calling the action. The pregame show begins 30 minutes before tip-off.
• Live statistics can be accessed via UMTerps.com.
• The audio feed is available online free of charge on personal computers via BucknellBison.com and Eagle107.com. To listen on iPhone and Android devices, download the official Bucknell Athletics app.
• Follow @Bucknell_MBB for in-game updates on Twitter.
Last Time Out
• Nana Foulland and Zach Thomas scored 21 points each, and Bucknell had ninth-ranked and defending national champion North Carolina on the ropes in the second half, but the Tar Heels pulled away in the final few minutes to win 93-81 on Wednesday night at the Dean Smith Center.
• Thomas recorded his third straight 20-point game to start the season, while Foulland posted his season scoring high while also notching five rebounds and three blocked shots. Stephen Brown had 11 points and eight assists, and Nate Sestina had a strong game off the bench with seven points and six rebounds in 16 minutes.
• Luke Maye led five Tar Heels in double figures with 20 points to go with nine rebounds. Theo Pinson added 19 points and six assists, while Sterling Manley was a difference-maker off the bench with 16 points and 13 rebounds in 17 minutes.
• North Carolina rode its offensive rebounding prowess to the national title last season, and the Tar Heels controlled the glass in this one. They finished with a 47-28 rebounding edge and parlayed 16 offensive rebounds into 16 second-chance points. UNC also gained ground at the free throw line, outscoring the Bison 25-12 from the stripe.
• Bucknell trailed by as many as 16 in the first half, cut it to nine at the break, and then outscored the Tar Heels 17-9 over the first 7:20 of the second half to make it a one-point game at 59-58 on a Foulland lefty finish in the lane.
• The Bison were within an arm’s length of North Carolina for much of the second half, but a Bucknell cold spurt and some strong free-throw shooting helped the Tar Heels pull away.
• It was the first-ever meeting between Bucknell and North Carolina, and the first time Bucknell ever faced a defending national champion.
Bucknell vs. Maryland Series Notes
• The Terrapins have won all seven previous meetings in a series that dates back to the 1976-77 season. Maryland was nationally ranked at the time of three of the seven games.
• This will be Bucknell’s second appearance at the XFINITY Center. The first six series meetings took place at Cole Field House. The most recent meeting came in the 2008-09 season opener, won by Maryland 81-52. That was the first game in what would become a seven-year tenure for Bucknell head coach Dave Paulsen.
Bucknell vs. the Big Ten
• The Bison are 34-114 (.230) against current members of the Big Ten (25-78 vs. Penn State, 8-22 vs. Rutgers, 1-0 vs. Purdue, 0-7 vs. Maryland, 0-1 vs. Michigan, 0-1 vs. Michigan State, 0-1 vs. Ohio State, 0-1 vs. Iowa, 0-1 vs. Northwestern, 0-1 vs. Wisconsin, 0-1 vs. Minnesota), however many of the games vs. Penn State and all of the games against Maryland and Rutgers came before those teams joined the Big Ten.
• The Bison are 2-21 against teams who were Big Ten members at the time of the game (1-14 vs. Penn State, 1-0 vs. Purdue, 0-1 vs. Purdue, 0-1 vs. Michigan State, 0-1 vs. Ohio State, 0-1 vs. Iowa, 0-1 vs. Northwestern, 0-1 vs. Wisconsin, 0-1 vs. Minnesota), with the victories coming back-to-back seasons at Purdue (70-65 in 2012-13) and Penn State (90-80 in 2013-14).
• Bucknell has faced one Big Ten team in the NCAA Tournament, a 71-62 loss to Wisconsin in the second round in 2005.
What a Class
• This group now has a 62-41 overall record and a 42-12 mark in Patriot League play. They have captured regular-season titles all three years so far and have played in an NCAA Tournament and two NITs.
• Brown, Foulland and Thomas have combined for 3,191 points. Foulland (1,275) and Thomas (1,098) have already eclipsed the 1,000-point mark, and Brown (817) has a chance to make it all three.
• Bucknell is one of only 11 Division I teams that returned at least two 1,000-point scorers this season.
Who’s Got Next?
• After opening the season with four true road games for the first time since 1987-88, Bucknell makes a welcome return to Sojka Pavilion on Monday against Siena. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free schedule magnet, presented by Red Robin. The team will also unveil its Patriot League championship and NCAA Tournament banners prior to the game.