Bucknell-Army Patriot League preview
Patriot League men’s basketball quarterfinals:
No. 5 Army (14-15, 10-8 PL) at No. 4 Bucknell (16-13, 11-7)
Series history: Bucknell leads 47-20 and 7-1 in Patriot League tournament play.
2014 meeting: Feb. 15 at Bucknell, Bison 73, Army 61; Jan. 19 at Army, Army 74, Bison 67.
Probable Army starters: G – Dylan Cox (So., 6-4, 185); G – Tanner Omlid (Fr., 6-3, 215); F – Kyle Wilson (So., 6-4, 190); F – Larry Toomey (So., 6-6, 2-5); C – Kevin Ferguson (So., 6-10, 200).
Probable Bucknell starters: G – Steven Kaspart (Jr., 6-3, 192); G – Cameron Ayers (Sr., 6-5, 203); G – Chris Hass (So., 6-5, 182); F – Dom Hoffman (So., 6-7, 214); Brian Fitzpatrick (Sr., 6-8, 235).
Army notes: The Black Knights set a program record this season with 10 wins within the Patriot League. Army, who along with Bucknell, are the only two teams to finish in the top half of the league during the past two seasons, has never won the Patriot League tournament, but could reach for the semifinals for a second consecutive year with a win over the Bison… Kyle Wilson leads Army in scoring with 18.2 points a game. The sophomore forward was an unanimous first-team all-league selection this year. Wilson averages 21 points a game during Army victories but just 15.7 a game in losses… The Black Knights have just one senior on their roster and start four sophomores and a freshman… Thirteen of Army’s 18 league games this year have been decided by single digits… Zach Spiker is in his fifth season as head coach and is 67-82.
Bucknell notes: The Bison won their last six Patriot League games to vault to the No. 4 seed and earn a right to host tonight’s quarterfinal… Bucknell is the defending tournament champion and is looking to reach the NCAA tournament for a third time in four years… Senior Cameron Ayers was named Patriot League player of the year on Monday. He leads the team averaging 15.5 points a game… Bucknell has won eight of its last nine Patriot League tournament games and has played in a league-best 10 championship games, including the last three.
Elsewhere: No. 9 Lafayette at Boston, 7 p.m.; No. 6 Lehigh at No. 3 Holy Cross, 7 p.m.; No. 7 Colgate at No. 2 American, 7 p.m.
Up next: The winner faces either top-seeded Boston or No. 9 seed Lafayette on Saturday in the tournament semifinals. Should Boston win, the Terriers would host either the Bison or Black Knights, but should Lafayette pull an upset either Army or Bucknell would play at home.