What: #14 Bucknell (27-5, 16-2 PL) at #3 Maryland (30-2, 15-1 Big Ten) -- NCAA First Round
Where: XFINITY Center (College Park, Md.)
When: Friday, March 17 -- Noon
TV: ESPN2 (Regional) -- Coverage Map
Online Broadcast: ESPN3
Radio: 90.5 WVBU
Internet Radio: BucknellBison.com
Live Statistics: BucknellBison.com
Bucknell Probable Starters
G: Kyi English (7.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.7 apg)
G: Megan McGurk (5.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.1 apg)
G/F: Claire DeBoer (16.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.4 apg)
F: Kaitlyn Slagus (12.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.0 apg)
F: Sune Swart (11.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.2 apg)
With a Win Over Maryland, Bucknell Would ...
• Win an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in program history.
• Win a game in a national postseason tournament for the second straight year.
• Improve to 28-5, upping its program record win total.
• Win for the 11th straight game, the second streak of at least that length this season.
• Improve to 1-1 in the all-time series with the Terps.
• Improve to 1-19 all-time against current members of the Big Ten.
• Improve to 1-4 against current members of the Big Ten under head coach Aaron Roussell.
• Improve to 1-2 in NCAA Tournament games.
• No. 14 seed Bucknell makes its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2008 when it plays at No. 3 seed Maryland, ranked third nationally, at the XFINITY Center on Friday at noon.
• The winner between Bucknell and Maryland will play the winner of sixth-seeded West Virginia (Big 12 champion) and 11th-seeded Elon (CAA champion) in the Second Round on Sunday.
• Bucknell secured its spot in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Patriot League title with a thrilling 79-71 win over Navy. Claire DeBoer had one of the best games in the history of the tournament with 30 points and 10 rebounds.
• The Bison trailed 10-0 to start the game and by as much as 11 in the first quarter. It was the 13th time in the past four seasons that they have erased a double-digit deficit in a win.
• Bucknell has won seven straight overtime games over a span of three seasons.
• DeBoer, the Patriot League Player of the Year, was voted the Tournament MVP. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Sune Swart.
• Kate Walker scored six of her 14 points in the overtime period in the win over Navy.
• The Bison have the second-longest active home winning streak in the nation at 28 straight games, trailing only UConn (65).
• Bucknell went 16-0 at Sojka Pavilion this season. The Bison are one of just eight teams unbeaten at home this season.
• DeBoer was named the Patriot League Player of the Year, the team's first since Hope Foster in 2008. DeBoer was also on the All-Patriot League First Team, while Kaitlyn Slagus was on the Second Team and Swart made the Third Team.
• Often underrated because it doesn't force a lot of turnovers, Bucknell's defense has been the best in the league this season and ranks favorably in the nation in multiple statistical categories. The Bison rank 25th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.360) and 40th in scoring defense (57.7).
• The Bison rank 16th in the nation in rebounding margin (+7.9). They have out-rebounded their opponent in 29 of 32 games, including a 40-32 edge over Navy last game.
• Friday's championship win was the 101st during Aaron Roussell's five seasons with the team. He has averaged 20 wins a season with the Bison, including school-record win totals in two consecutive seasons.
• With 209 3-pointers on the year, Bucknell has set the program record for 3-pointers in four consecutive seasons.
• Maryland, which is ranked fourth in the AP Poll and third in the Coaches Poll, is 30-2 after winning the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. The Terrapins beat Minnesota, Michigan State, and Purdue to win the conference tournament.
• The Terps are the highest-scoring team in the nation at 89.9 points per game. Senior Brionna Jones leads the team in scoring (19.8) and rebounds (10.8).
• Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough earned ESPNW All-America honors.
• Jones leads the nation in field goal percentage at 69.8 pecent. She is 252-361 from the field.
• Maryland has won an NCAA First Round game in each of the past six seasons.
How to Get the Game
• Friday's game can be seen regionally on ESPN2 (coverage map) with Courtney Lyle (play-by-play) and Tamika Catchings (color) on the call. The game can also be seen online on ESPN3.
• The game can be heard online via BucknellBison.com and on the radio on 90.5 WVBU, with Justin Antweil on the call. The pregame show begins 15 minutes before tip-off.
• Live stats can be accessed at UMTerps.com
• Follow @Bucknell_WBB on Twitter for live updates
Bucknell vs. Maryland Series Notes
• Bucknell and Maryland will meet for the second time in program history.
• The Terrapins won the only other matchup 95-52 in 1985.
Bucknell vs. the Big Ten
• Bucknell is 0-19 against current members of the Big Ten.
• The Bison have played a Big Ten opponent in four straight seasons. They played regular season games against Penn State (2013) and Michigan (2014), and then played the Wolverines again in last season’s WNIT Second Round. They played at Rutgers earlir this season.
Where Do They Rank?
• Bucknell is ranked seventh in the latest edition of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. The Bison are 62nd out of 349 teams in the Division I national RPI.
• Maryland is ranked third nationally in the Coaches Poll and fourth in the AP Poll. The Terrapins are 16th in the RPI.
• With a win, Bucknell would advance to the Second Round to take on the winner of sixth-seeded West Virginia and 11th-seeded Elon on Sunday.