Army vs. Bucknell: Full Game Preview

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Army vs. Bucknell: Full Game Preview
Army
(16-14, 6-10 away)
Bucknell
(26-5, 14-1 home)
Venue: Sojka Pavilion
4:30PM ET / 1:30PM PT, March 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Army E Ellis 17.9 D Cox 5.1 D Cox 3.2
Bucknell M Muscala 18.9 M Muscala 11.1 M Muscala 2.4

Bucknell takes on Army in the semifinals of the Patriot Tournament at Sojka Pavilion on Saturday. The game gets underway at 4:30 p.m. EST and it can be seen on CBSSN. The Bison defeated the Black Knights 60-58 on Feb. 9 and are 8-3 against them over the past four years. Bucknell has won five games straight.

The 15 points and 13 rebounds by Mike Muscala helped the Bison to a 58-42 victory over Navy on Mar. 6. The do-it-all performer chips in a team-leading 18.9 points per game, 11.1 rebounds per game, and 2.5 blocks per game. For the Black Knights, Ella Ellis finished with 16 points and six rebounds in the 65-44 blowout of American University on Mar. 6. His 17.9 points per game is the highest mark on the team.

Army StatSmack

  • Even computers respect Bucknell more. Bucknell has a better RPI this season than Army (RPI: No. 52 vs. No. 211).
  • That must sting. Bucknell has blown out Army by 20 points or more on 11 occasions since 1998.
  • Bucknell has a better record at home than Army this season (11-1 vs. 8-4).
  • Mike Muscala is ranked 19th nationally in points, 3rd nationally in rebounds, 9th in the Patriot in assists, and 21st nationally in blocks.
  • Bucknell has a stronger schedule than Army this season (SOS Rank: No. 206 vs. No. 286).
  • Bucknell has a better scoring defense (57.7 allowed per game vs. 68.6 allowed per game) than Army this season.
  • Bucknell has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Army (three vs. zero).
  • Bucknell players are more experienced than Army players (18,164 minutes played vs. 12,698 minutes played).
  • Bucknell has an average margin of victory of 16 over Army in 45 wins since 1987.
  • Bucknell is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Bucknell is 206 lbs compared to 199 lbs for Army.
  • The Bucknell rebounding leader (Mike Muscala, 330 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Army rebounding leader (Dylan Cox, 148 rebounds).
ARMY Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Ella Ellis 27 18 4 1 1 1 2
C Kyle Wilson 26 13 2 2 0 0 2
C Dylan Cox 24 6 5 3 1 0 2
C- Kyle Toth 25 8 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Larry Toomey 17 6 4 2 0 1 2
D+ Josh Herbeck 19 9 2 1 0 0 1
D Jordan Springer 16 4 4 1 0 0 1
D Kevin Ferguson 12 3 3 0 0 1 1
D Andrew Stire 13 4 2 0 0 0 1
D Maxwell Lenox 9 2 1 2 0 0 1
D Tanner Plomb 9 2 2 1 0 0 0
D Matt Gramling 10 2 1 1 0 0 1
D C. Kincade 4 2 1 0 0 0 0
D M. Washington 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Kyle Weldon 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D- Sean Billerman 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D- Mo Williams 8 1 1 1 0 0 1
BU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Mike Muscala 31 19 11 3 1 3 2
B- Cameron Ayers 32 13 4 2 1 0 1
B- Joe Willman 29 10 6 2 1 1 1
B- Bryson Johnson 33 12 3 3 0 0 1
C- Ryan Hill 20 3 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Steven Kaspar 15 2 2 2 0 0 1
D+ Ryan Frazier 16 3 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Chris Hass 4 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Dom Hoffman 8 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Cory Starkey 4 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ B. Fitzpatrick 9 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Colin Klebon 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D J. Singleton 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Ben Brackney 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
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