Holy Cross vs. Bucknell: Full Game Preview

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Holy Cross vs. Bucknell: Full Game Preview
Holy Cross
(11-15, 5-9 away)
Bucknell
(22-5, 11-1 home)
Venue: Sojka Pavilion
12:00PM ET / 9:00AM PT, February 24, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Holy Cross D Dudzinski 15.5 D Dudzinski 6.8 J Burrell 3.5
Bucknell M Muscala 19.1 M Muscala 11.5 M Muscala 2.6

Bucknell hosts Holy Cross at Sojka Pavilion on Sunday. Tipoff is at 12 p.m. EST. The Bison defeated the Crusaders 65-58 on Jan. 26 and are 6-5 against them over the past four years.

Bucknell is in first place in the conference, Holy Cross is in seventh place.

In their last outing, behind 19 points and 5 rebounds from Bryson Johnson, the Bison defeated Lehigh 61-55 on Feb. 18. He is putting up 11.6 points per game while also averaging 3 rebounds per game. For the Crusaders, Justin Burrell finished with 19 points and 6 assists in the 79-76 loss to Lafayette on Feb. 20. He is averaging 12.6 points per game and leads the team in assists with 3.5 per game.

Holy Cross StatSmack

  • The Bucknell scoring leader (Mike Muscala, 517 points) has more points than the Holy Cross scoring leader (Dave Dudzinski, 403 points).
  • Lewisburg isn't as congested as Worcester (population is significantly lower).
  • Bucknell has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than Holy Cross (No. 117 vs. No. 236).
  • Bucknell has a stronger schedule than Holy Cross this season (SOS Rank: No. 188 vs. No. 300).
  • Bucknell is ranked higher than Holy Cross in the Patriot (No. 1 vs. No. 7).
  • Bucknell has more wins over the last 5 years than Holy Cross (105 vs. 76).
  • Boom! Bucknell defeated Holy Cross by 7 points the last time they played (Jan 26, 2013).
  • Even computers respect Bucknell more. Bucknell has a better RPI this season than Holy Cross (RPI: No. 55 vs. No. 264).
  • Joe Willman is ranked 8th in the Patriot in rebounds.
  • The Bucknell three-point leader (Bryson Johnson, 60 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Holy Cross three-point leader (Justin Burrell, 38 three-pointers).
  • Bucknell has a better conference record than Holy Cross this season (9-2 vs. 3-8).
HC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Dave Dudzinski 29 16 7 1 1 1 2
C Justin Burrell 31 13 2 4 0 0 3
C- Phil Beans 24 9 4 1 0 0 1
C- Malcolm Miller 27 6 6 2 1 1 2
D+ Cullen Hamilton 24 6 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Jordan Stevens 30 5 3 3 1 0 2
D+ Eric Obeysekere 17 5 5 0 0 1 1
D+ Isaiah Baker 4 0 1 0 0 1 0
D Taylor Abt 13 2 2 0 0 0 1
D De`Vaughn Reid 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
D Dee Goens 11 2 1 1 0 0 1
D Chris Jayne 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
D- P. Kerrigan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- C. Morgan 6 1 1 0 0 0 1
BU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Mike Muscala 32 19 11 3 1 3 2
B- Cameron Ayers 32 12 4 2 1 0 1
B- Joe Willman 29 10 6 1 1 1 1
B- Bryson Johnson 33 12 3 3 0 0 1
C Cory Starkey 6 2 3 0 0 1 0
C- Colin Klebon 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
C- Chris Hass 5 2 1 0 0 0 0
C- Ryan Hill 20 3 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Ryan Frazier 16 3 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Matt Banas 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Steven Kaspar 14 2 2 2 0 0 1
D+ Dom Hoffman 9 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ B. Fitzpatrick 9 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ J. Singleton 5 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Ben Brackney 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
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