THURSDAY: After working out at a full practice at Lawrence Technical College in Southfield in the morning, Bucknell headed downtown to Little Caesars Arena for the first time on Thursday afternoon. The Bison had their press conference and open media session, followed by a 30-minute shootaround on the game floor.
Here is the afternoon press conference session (transcripts here), featuring Michigan State, TCU, Bucknell and Syracuse:
Some press clips:
- Bucknell likes its chances to stun Michigan State (mlive.com)
- Spartans impressed by Bucknell's experience (Pharos Tribune)
- Need a dash of positive from college basketball? Bucknell is for you (News-Sentinel)
- Bison not intimidated by Michigan State (Daily Item)
WEDNESDAY: The Bucknell men's basketball team arrived in Detroit around 11:30 a.m. and immediately headed to the Palace at Auburn Hills to practice at the Detroit Pistons' practice facility. The highlight of the day was a visit from Bucknell Hall-of-Famer J.R. Holden (pictured below). The former Bison star, who went on to a terrific career in Europe and played for Russia in the 2008 Olympics, addressed the team after practice. Holden is now a scout with the Pistons, both internationally and here in the U.S.
The Bison will have their press conference and open media session from 4:15-4:50 p.m. on Thursday, followed by an open-to-the-public practice on the floor at Little Caesars Arena at 4:55 p.m.
Be sure to follow the team on Twitter (@Bucknell_Bison, @Bucknell_MBB) and Instagram (@BucknellBison, @Bucknell_MBB) throughout the week. Here is more on Friday's game vs. Michigan State.
What: #14 Bucknell (25-9, 16-2 PL) vs. #3 Michigan State (29-4, 16-2 Big Ten), NCAA Midwest Regional First Round
Where: Little Caesars Arena; Detroit, Michigan
When: Friday, March 16, 2018, 7:10 p.m. (ET)
TV: CBS (Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)
Local Radio: Eagle 107 (107.3 FM WEGH) (Doug Birdsong)
National Radio: Westwood One/Sirius 138, XM 202 (Chris Carrino, P.J. Carlesimo)
Live Stats: NCAA.com
Tickets: Via NCAA. Bucknell's allotment is currently sold out.
- Bucknell pregame reception and viewing party at Comerica Park
- Bucknell viewing parties around the country
Bucknell Probable Starters
G: Stephen Brown (14.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.3 apg)
G: Kimbal Mackenzie (8.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.3 apg)
F: Avi Toomer (4.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.1 apg)
F: Zach Thomas (20.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.2 apg)
C: Nana Foulland (15.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.8 bpg)
With a Win over Michigan State, Bucknell Would ...
• ... advance to the NCAA Tournament second round to face No. 6 TCU, No. 11 Arizona State, or No. 11 Syracuse.
• ... win an NCAA Tournament game for the third time in school history (2005 vs. Kansas; 2006 vs. Arkansas).
• ... improve to 3-7 in NCAA Tournament games.
• ... beat the highest-ranked opponent in school history (current mark is No. 10/7 Pittsburgh on Jan. 2, 2005).
• ... defeat a nationally ranked opponent for the first time since Nov. 22, 2005 (74-69 at No. 17/19 Syracuse) and snap a 14-game losing streak to ranked opponents.
• ... improve to 26-9 overall.
• ... reach the 26-win plateau for the fourth time in school history.
• ... win its ninth straight game; 19th in the last 20; 22nd in the last 24; and 26th in its last 31.
• ... improve to 1-1 all-time against the Spartans.
• ... snap a four-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).
• ... improve to 69-32 under Nathan Davis.
• After capturing Patriot League regular-season and tournament titles, Bucknell is making its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance and second in a row. The Bison routed Colgate 83-54 in the Patriot League championship game on March 7 at Sojka Pavilion.
• This will be Bucknell’s third NCAA Tournament appearance as a No. 14 seed, making it the program’s most frequent seed. One of those trips went very well, the other not so much. In 2005, the 14th-seeded Bison stunned No. 3 Kansas 64-63 in Oklahoma City, then they lost a close one to No. 6 Wisconsin 71-62 in the second round. Bucknell was also seeded 14th in 2011, but fell 81-52 to eventual national champion Connecticut.
• Bucknell has also been seeded 9th (2006), 11th (2013), 13th (2017), 15th (1989) and 16th (1987).
• No. 14 seeds are 24-133 in the NCAA Tournament since the field expanded in 1979. One of those wins was Bucknell's upset of Kansas in 2005. Since then, six 14 seeds and four 15 seeds have won first-round games.
• Bucknell finished 16-2 in Patriot League play and won the regular-season championship by four games over Colgate. The Bison became the first team since American in 2008 and 2009 to repeat as Patriot League Tournament champions.
• Since seeing its 10-game winning streak end in overtime at Lehigh on Feb. 5, Bucknell has won another eight in a row. The Bison captured the outright Patriot League title for the fourth year in a row and seventh time in the last eight years.
• Bucknell went 15-1 at home this season and is 25-1 in its last 26 at home. This will be the team’s first neutral-site game of the year.
• Seniors Stephen Brown, Nana Foulland and Zach Thomas all earned First Team All-Patriot League honors, with Thomas garnering the Player of the Year award. This is the first time in league history that three players from the same team were named to the First Team. Some facts & figures on this senior class:
• This is the first class in Patriot League history to win four straight outright regular-season titles.
• This class has an 87-47 overall record and a 58-14 mark in Patriot League play. They have played in two NCAA Tournaments and two NITs.
• This is the second class in school history to feature three 1,000-point scorers. Foulland (1,747), Thomas (1,711) and Brown (1,289) have combined for 4,747 points and rank fourth, fifth, and 19th on Bucknell’s all-time scoring list.
• All three members of the class rank in the top seven in the Patriot League scoring race. They are averaging a combined 50.6 points per game and are accounting for 62.4% of the team’s points this season.
• This is the first time in school history that three different players have scored 500 points in a season.
• Dating back to mid-December, the Bison have won 21 of their last 23 games, and they are 25-5 since starting the season with consecutive road losses at Monmouth, Arkansas, North Carolina and Maryland.
• As a team, Bucknell has set school single-season records for points (2,759), field goals made (942), field goals attempted (1,995), 3-point field goals attempted (784), free throws made (606), free throws attempted (844), blocked shots (151) and rebounds (1,253).
• Zach Thomas is enjoying a monster senior year, averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Thomas, who was named to the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year Award mid-season watch list, is one of four Division I players leading his conference in both scoring and rebounding entering the NCAA Tournament.
PLAYERS LEADING A CONFERENCE IN SCORING AND REBOUNDING
Zach Thomas, Bucknell (PL) 20.3 ppg/9.2 rpg
Marvin Bagley III, Duke (ACC) 21.1 ppg/11.5 rpg
Jock Landale, Saint Mary’s (WCC) 21.4 ppg/10.3 rpg
Mike Daum, South Dakota State (Summit) 23.8 ppg/10.4 rpg
PATRIOT LEAGUE PLAYERS FINISHING A SEASON AS LEADER IN SCORING AND REBOUNDING
Adonal Foyle, Colgate 1995-96 20.2 ppg/12.6 rpg
Adonal Foyle, Colgate 1996-97 24.4 ppg/13.1 rpg
Kevin Hamilton, Holy Cross 2005-06 17.6 ppg/6.3 rpg
Mike Muscala, Bucknell 2012-13 18.7 ppg/11.1 rpg
Tim Kempton, Lehigh 2016-17 20.4 ppg/10.4 rpg
Zach Thomas, Bucknell 2017-18 20.3 ppg/9.2 rpg
• Thomas earned seven Patriot League Player of the Week honors, giving Bucknell eight this season (Nana Foulland had the other). Thomas has a school-record 17 20-point games, including a record-tying four 30-point games, on the season. The seven Player of the Week honors ties the league record, previously set by Lehigh’s Tim Kempton last season. Thomas had a 38-point, 11-rebound, 7-assist gem at Stony Brook on Nov. 26 and a 36-point, 13-rebound effort at Lehigh. Thomas now ranks 43rd nationally in scoring, 36th in rebounding, 11th in defensive rebounding, first in free throw attempts and first in made free throws (entering the NCAA Tournament).
• Thomas has attempted 10 or more free throws in a game 13 times this season. Only counting his made free throws (6.8 per game), Thomas would be the 45th-leading scorer in the Patriot League. Thomas already has broken the school records for points and made and attempted free throws in a season.
2017-18 NCAA LEADERS, FREE THROW ATTEMPTS
- Zach Thomas, Bucknell 299
- Chris Silva, South Carolina 283
- Nick Dixon, UTRGV 276
- Trae Young, Oklahoma 266
- Donte Clark, Texas Southern 263
2017-18 NCAA LEADERS, FREE THROWS MADE
- Zach Thomas, Bucknell 231
- Trae Young, Oklahoma 229
- Nick Dixon, UTRGV 219
- Jon Elmore, Marshall 217
- Chris Silva, South Carolina 213
• When Bucknell takes the court against Michigan State, it will tie a school record with its 35th game of the season. The Bison also played 35 games in 2011-12 and 2016-17. Nana Foulland will tie the Bucknell mark with his 134th career game played. Joe Willman saw action in 134 from 2009-13.
Bucknell Patriot League Tournament History
• Bucknell has an all-time record of 39-22 (.639) in 28 Patriot League Tournaments. The Bison have reached the championship game a league-record 12 times, including wins in 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2018, and reached at least the semifinals in 21 of 28 years.
• This year Bucknell made its ninth appearance as the No. 1 seed. The Bison are 19-4 when playing as the top seed, with five titles.
• Bucknell has played 20 consecutive Patriot League Tournament games at home as the higher-seeded team (all PL Tournament games are played at home sites). The last time the Bison played on the road for a PL Tournament game was in 2009, when they lost in the quarterfinals at second-seeded Holy Cross.
Bison PL Tourney Log
Year Seed Results
1991 4 def. Army 67-49; lost Fordham 82-76
1992 2 def. Army 74-55; def. Holy Cross 86-77; lost Fordham 70-65
1993 1 def. Lehigh 69-65; def. Colgate 75-73; lost Holy Cross 98-73
1994 5 lost Holy Cross 96-91
1995 2 lost Army 94-78
1996 4 def. Lafayette 56-55; lost Colgate 67-61
1997 2 def. Lehigh 84-54; def. Colgate 71-58; lost Navy 76-75
1998 3 def. Holy Cross 60-56; lost Navy 80-61
1999 3 def. Holy Cross 76-52; def. Lehigh 58-50; lost Lafayette 67-63
2000 3 lost Lehigh 73-62
2001 6 def. Colgate 75-68; lost Navy 88-64
2002 3 def. Army 70-59; lost Holy Cross 64-57
2003 5 def. Lehigh 52-47; lost Holy Cross 75-50
2004 4 def. Holy Cross 66-60; lost Lehigh 60-45
2005 2 def. Lafayette 70-34; def. American 53-35; def. Holy Cross 61-57
2006 1 def. Army 59-47; def. American 64-50; def. Holy Cross 74-59
2007 2 def. Navy 62-43; def. Army 68-47; lost Holy Cross 74-66
2008 7 def. Navy 87-86 (3OT); lost Colgate 54-40
2009 7 lost Holy Cross 75-56
2010 2 lost Holy Cross 67-64
2011 1 def. Army 78-51; def. Lehigh 66-64; def. Lafayette 72-57
2012 1 def. Navy 87-63; def. Lafayette 79-52; lost Lehigh 82-77
2013 1 def. Navy 58-42; def. Army 78-70; def. Lafayette 64-56
2014 4 lost Army 72-71
2015 1 def. Holy Cross 90-83 (OT); lost Lafayette 80-74
2016 1 lost Holy Cross 77-72 (2OT)
2017 1 def. Army 78-62; def. Navy 70-65; def. Lehigh 81-65
2018 1 def. Loyola 83-78; def. Boston U. 90-59; def. Colgate 83-54
championship games in bold.
How to Get the Game
• The Bucknell-Michigan State game will be televised on CBS, with Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (color) and Allie LaForce (sideline) calling the action. The game will also stream via CBSSports.com.
• The game can be heard in the Susquehanna Valley on the radio on Eagle 107 (WEGH 107.3 FM), with Doug Birdsong handling the play-by-play. The pregame show begins at 6:30 p.m.
• The game will also air on national radio through Westwood One. In addition to radio stations across the country, the game can be accessed through Westwood One Channels via the TuneIn mobile app; it will stream online free of charge at westwoodonesports.com; and it will air on Sirius/XM Radio. Chris Carrino and P.J. Carlesimo will call the action for Westwood One.
• Follow @Bucknell_MBB for in-game updates on Twitter.
Last Time Out
• Led by a scintillating 22-point, six assist performance from Tournament MVP Stephen Brown and typical strong work up front by fellow seniors Nana Foulland and Zach Thomas, Bucknell routed Colgate 83-54 in the Patriot League championship game on March 7.
• Bucknell broke away with a 23-2 run late in the first half and never looked back, posting the largest victory margin (29) in the history of the conference’s title game. Coupled with a 90-59 win over Boston University in the semifinals, the Bison piled up a whopping +60 point differential in the final two games of the tournament.
• Brown was simply sensational throughout the Patriot League Tournament. In wins over Loyola, Boston University and Colgate, the point guard scored 64 points, tallied 13 assists and recorded five steals, while committing only two turnovers. Foulland and Thomas were also named to the Patriot League All-Tournament team, both for the second consecutive year. Foulland had 12 points and nine rebounds in the title game, while Thomas registered five points, a game-high 12 rebounds and two blocked shots.
• While the seniors did their thing, a big part of the story for Bucknell was junior reserve Nate Sestina. While the Bison got off to a bit of a slow start offensively, Sestina was active off the bench, scoring 12 first half points before finishing the night with 16 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in 18 minutes.
• The Bison shot 31-for-60 from the field (51.7%), including making 13 of their 28 3-point attempts. Meanwhile, Bucknell’s defense held Colgate to 17-for-52 shooting (32.7%), including 6-for-17 from the 3-point arc.
Bucknell vs. Michigan State
• Bucknell and Michigan State have met just once previously, that coming in the 2003-04 season opener at the Breslin Center. The Bison led the third-ranked Spartans for much of the night before falling 64-52. Bucknell’s unimaginable 1-for-17 free-throw shooting contributed to the loss. Kevin Bettencourt led the Bison with 21 points in that game, while Paul Davis had 21 for Michigan State.
Bucknell vs. the Big Ten
• The Bison are 34-115 (.228) against current members of the Big Ten (25-78 vs. Penn State, 8-22 vs. Rutgers, 1-0 vs. Purdue, 0-8 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 most of the games vs. Penn State and Maryland, and all of the games against Rutgers, came before those teams joined the Big Ten.
• The Bison are 2-22 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, 0-1 vs. Maryland), 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 just one other Big Ten team in the NCAA Tournament, a 71-62 loss to Wisconsin in the second round in 2005.
Patriot League Success
• Bucknell is 281-117 (.706) all-time in Patriot League regular-season games, the best record of any league team. The Bison finished at least .500 in PL play for the 24th time in 28 Patriot League seasons.
• Bucknell won three straight outright Patriot League regular-season titles from 2011-13, becoming the first team in league history to accomplish that feat. The Bison are now the first to win four in a row, and they have claimed seven of the last eight.
• Since the start of the 2010-11 season, Bucknell is 106-26 (.803) in Patriot League play.
• Bucknell has won 12 Patriot League regular-season titles in 28 years. No other team has more than five.
• Bucknell just made its ninth Patriot League Tournament appearance as the No. 1 seed.
• Bucknell has won Patriot League Tournament titles in 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2018. The Bison have made it to the semifinals 21 times and to the championship game 11 times in the 28-year history of the league.
• The Bison are the only team to go unbeaten in league play in a season (14-0 in 2006).
• In 2017-18, Bucknell became the first team to win 16 Patriot League games. The league expanded to 10 teams and an 18-game schedule in 2013-14.
2018 All-Patriot League Notes
• Bucknell made some history in this year’s All-Patriot League voting. Seniors Stephen Brown, Nana Foulland and Zach Thomas all earned First Team honors, marking the first time in league history that one team placed three players on the First Team. The three seniors have now combined for eight All-PL citations.
• Thomas was named Patriot League Player of the Year. He is the fifth Bison in the last eight years to receive that honor, joining Mike Muscala (2011, 2013), Cameron Ayers (2014), and Foulland (2017).
• Foulland (First Team 2017, 2018; Second Team 2016) and Brown (First Team 2018; Second Team 2017; Third Team 2016) are now three-time All-Patriot League selections, while Thomas earned First Team honors for the second straight year.
• Foulland and Brown were both named to the Patriot League All-Defensive Team. It was the third straight selection for Brown and second straight for Foulland, who was the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year.
• Foulland was also selected the 2018 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and he was joined by Brown on the five-man Academic All-Patriot League Team. Foulland and Muscala are the only players in league history to win a Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year award over the course of a career. Muscala swept all three as a senior in 2013.
• This was Foulland’s third straight appearance on the Academic All-PL Team. He is Bucknell’s 11th Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men’s basketball in the 28-year history of the league and the first since Muscala in 2013.
• Bucknell has now had at least one first-team all-conference player in 32 of the last 35 seasons, dating back to the team’s tenure in the East Coast Conference.
Numbers Worth Noting
• Stephen Brown has scored in double figures in 20 straight games and is averaging 17.8 ppg in his last 13 games.
• Kimbal Mackenzie is 24-for-24 from the foul line this season and has made 33 straight dating back to last year. The school record is 39, by Bo Heiden in 1986-87.
• Zach Thomas has scored in double figures in 82 of his 89 career starts, including all but three this season.
• Bucknell is 25-3 in the month of January and 16-6 in February under head coach Nathan Davis.
• The Bison are 17-2 this season, 39-3 over the last two seasons, and 53-7 in the Davis era when leading at the half.
• Bucknell is averaging 43.1 points in the second halves of games this season, the 11th-best figure in the country. That figure jumps to 45.4 ppg at home, which ranks eighth in the nation.
• Bucknell leads the Patriot League in scoring offense at 81.1 points per game (35th nationally). The Bison are scoring 1.10 and allowing 0.99 points per possession on the season.
• Only two teams all season have shot better than 50% from the field against the Bison (Arkansas, Northeastern), and they also happen to be Bucknell’s two most lopsided losses of the year.
• The Bison are 18-2 when scoring 80 or more points, but 7-7 when scoring fewer than 80. The team’s lone losses when scoring 80 were a 93-81 setback at North Carolina on Nov. 15 and a 92-89 overtime loss at Lehigh on Feb. 5.
• Stephen Brown averaged 15.4 ppg in Patriot League play. The senior is taking more shots than at any other point in his career. Brown is averaging 11.0 FGA per game this season, more than two attempts above his previous career high of 8.6 last year.
• Nate Sestina has been productive off the bench for the Bison. He is averaging 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, but when pro-rated for 40 minutes he is tallying 17.5 ppg and 10.4 rpg.
• Bucknell is shooting 49.6% from the field at home this season and 45.2% on the road, even though it has shot better from the 3-point arc on the road (34.7% compared to 33.9% at Sojka Pavilion).
• The Bison rank in the top five in the nation in free-throw attempts and makes (entering the NCAA Tournament). 29.9% of Bucknell’s offensive plays have resulted in free throws, which is the ninth-highest rate in the country.
NCAA TEAM LEADERS, FREE THROWS ATTEMPTED
- UNLV 868
- Texas Southern 860
- Bucknell 844
- Kentucky 838
- Rider 828
NCAA TEAM LEADERS, FREE THROWS MADE
- Auburn 620
- Texas Southern 618
- Xavier 617
- UNLV 612
- Bucknell 606
NCAA TEAM LEADERS, PERCENTAGE OF POSSESSIONS RESULTING IN FREE THROWS
- Saint Louis .315
- Cal-State Fullerton .308
- Texas Southern .304
- Arizona State .304
- Rider .303
- Vermont .301
- UNLV .301
- Kentucky .299
- Bucknell .299
- Memphis .298
• According to the Hollinger Player Efficiency Rating formula at ESPN.com, Zach Thomas ranks 48th out of all Division I players with a score of 26.35. PER measures the aggregate of a player’s statistical efficiency.
Foulland is NCAA’s Top Active Scorer Among Centers
• With 1,747 career points, Nana Foulland ranks 37th among all active Division I players and No. 1 among all centers (No. 2 is Jock Landale of Saint Mary’s with 1,602, followed by Angel Delgado of Seton Hall with 1,556 and Isaac Haas of Purdue with 1,546). Foulland also ranks eighth in blocked shots (212) and 38th in field-goal percentage (.583). The latter figure is also 13th among all active seniors.
• Stephen Brown ranks 15th among all active players with 521 assists and 12th in assist-turnover ratio (2.54).
• Zach Thomas is 46th among all active players with 1,711 points.
Thomas Trying to Join 20-ppg Club
• Zach Thomas is trying to become the eighth player in school history to average 20 points in a single season. Joe Steiner (1960-61) holds the single-season record at 22.0 points per game.
• The last Bison to average 20 points per game was Chris Simpson (20.5) in 1993-94.
• Thomas recently became the fourth player in school history to record 600 points in a season, and he has broken Mike Muscala’s record for points in a season with 684.
• Rob Feaster of Holy Cross (784 in 1993-94), Tucker Neale of Colgate (771 in 1993-94) and C.J. McCollum of Lehigh (766 in 2011-12) are the only players in Patriot League history to record 700 points in a season.
BUCKNELL PLAYERS AVERAGING 20+ POINTS PER GAME IN A SEASON
- Joe Steiner 1960-61 22.0
- Al Leslie 1979-80 20.9
- Chris Simpson 1993-94 20.5
- Jim Wherry 1967-68 20.4
- Zach Thomas 2017-18 20.3
- Patrick King 1991-92 20.3
- Greg Leggett 1989-90 20.2
- Dick Kniffin 1960-61 20.1
Bison Stage Comeback for the Ages against Colgate
• Kimbal Mackenzie drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer, capping a dramatic 65-64 comeback victory for the Bison over Colgate on Feb. 12 at Sojka Pavilion. Trailing 64-56, the Bison scored nine straight points in the final 21 seconds, punctuated by Mackenzie’s three right in front of the Bison bench.
• Mackenzie started the run by scoring on a put-back jumper in the paint and drawing a foul. He converted the free throw, and the Bison defense forced a Colgate turnover on the inbounds play. Mackenzie had his ensuing 3-point attempt blocked, but he grabbed his own miss and fed Nana Foulland for a layup. The Raiders were called for a flagrant foul on the play, leading to two free throw attempts for Foulland and possession of the ball for the Bison. Foulland split a pair at the line, cutting the Colgate lead to 64-62 with 11 seconds remaining.
• After a Bison timeout, all five players touched the ball. Zach Thomas looked inside to Foulland, who kicked the ball out to Stephen Brown at the top of the key. Brown swung the ball to Bruce Moore, who then passed to Mackenzie in the corner. The ball was deflected on the way, but Mackenzie made a nice one-handed catch on the short hop, and with a defender flying out at him, he swished the game-winner. Mackenzie was immediately swarmed by his teammates on the bench, and they were soon joined by the students storming the court.
NCAA RECORD, DEFICIT OVERCOME WITH LESS THAN 1:00 TO WIN GAME
- 12 0:33 left Texas A&M def. Northern Iowa (NCAA Tourn.) (2OT) 3/20/16
- 11 0:59 left UNLV def. San Diego State (OT) 2/12/05
- 11 0:59 left Nevada def. New Mexico (OT) 1/7/17
- 10 0:48 left Arizona def. Houston (OT) 1/24/09
- 10 0:49 left Bucknell def. Colgate 2/2/18
- 10 0:55 left Duke def. Maryland (OT) 1/27/01
The Bucknell basketball program has also enjoyed tremendous success in the classroom in recent years. Among the highlights:
• Bucknell won the “academic national championship” in both 2017 and 2018, according to Inside Higher Ed, which completed a full NCAA Tournament bracket based on the 68 competing teams’ academic performances. uBucknell’s leading scorer, Zach Thomas, is majoring in biomedical engineering. He has been working with two Bucknell professors on developing a rapid dual injection syringe, which would be used to decrease the time needed to inject adenosine and subsequent saline flush into patients suffering from supraventricular tachycardia and cardiac arrhythmias. The device is designed to decrease the time needed to inject adenosine and subsequent saline flush into patients suffering from supraventricular tachycardia and cardiac arrhythmias.
• Thomas’ senior capstone project involves designing a stabilization device that would be used during heart bypass surgeries.
• En route to the Patriot League championship, the Bison men’s basketball team also managed to combine for a 3.24 grade-point average in the spring 2017 semester. Four Bison made the Dean’s List with at least a 3.50 GPA, including returnees Stephen Brown, Nana Foulland and Nate Jones.
• Bucknell had combined GPAs over 3.0 in both semesters in 2016-17, the eighth straight year the team accomplished that feat.
• The Bison men’s basketball program posted a perfect score of 1,000 in the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rate (APR) study, released last June. That earned the Bison program an NCAA APR Public Recognition Award. The APR awards have been given since 2007, and the Bison men’s basketball program has been honored in all 10 years.
• Bucknell has claimed 133 national Academic All-Americans since 1970, including nine from men’s basketball.
• In the Patriot League’s 27-year history, the men’s basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year has come from Bucknell 11 times, including this season with Nana Foulland’s selection.
• In November, the NCAA released its annual graduation rate report, and according to the U.S. Department of Education’s standards, Bucknell ranked fourth nationally behind Stanford, Notre Dame and Northwestern, with a four-class average of 90 percent for student-athletes entering between 2007-08 and 2010-11. Bucknell and Stanford tied for the national lead at 93 percent in the 2013 report, and Bucknell has ranked in the top four in each of the last four years.