NCAA Basketball Conference Tournament Breakdown: The Patriot League

T.R. PetersonCorrespondent IMarch 1, 2011

Can Bucknell get back to the tournament and pull off another upset?
Can Bucknell get back to the tournament and pull off another upset?Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Dates: March 2, 6 and 11

Bracket: Patriot League

Sites: First round action will take place on the campuses of the top four seeds. Semi-final games will be hosted by the two highest remaining seeds on each side of the bracket, with the championship hosted by the highest remaining seed.

Television: The quarter-final matchup between American and Colgate will be televised on the CBS College Sports network. Both semi-finals will be aired on CBS-CS while the championship game will be shown on ESPN2

Tourney Fact: Lehigh is the defending tournament champion. 

Favorites: The only loss Bucknell (22-8, 13-1) suffered during conference play was at last place Army. The Bison should get to host throughout the tournament and thus be tough to beat. Look for Mike Muscala to lead Bucknell back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006 when they knocked off Arkansas in the first round.

Best of the Rest: American (21-8, 11-3) finished second in the Patriot League. The Eagles went 7-1 at home and should have a great chance to get to the championship game.

Sleeper: Holy Cross (8-20, 7-7) have rebounded from a miserable start to the season to win four of their last six games. The Crusaders have played Bucknell close in there two meetings, losing 74-72 on the road and 60-56 at home.

Also, check out other conference tournament breakdowns: Big South Conference, Horizon League, Atlantic Sun, and Ohio Valley Conference

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