Feb. 24, 2012
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Navy (3-24, 0-13 PL) at Bucknell (21-8 / 11-2 PL)
Saturday, February 25, 2012 4:00 pm (ET)
Lewisburg, Pa. Sojka Pavilion (4,000)
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM)
Internet Radio: wnav.com
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS (Channel 134)
Announcer: Pete Medhurst
Video Streaming: NavySports.com (Navy All-Access), PatriotLeague.org (PL All-Access)
Series / Streak: Navy leads, 34-28 / Bucknell, win-3
Last Meeting: January 28, 2012 (Bucknell, 66-51)
The Navy men's basketball team closes out the regular season on Saturday afternoon as it faces Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa., beginning at 4:00 pm. The Midshipmen enter the contest with a 3-24 overall mark (0-13 Patriot League) while Bucknell is 21-8 (11-2 Patriot League). The game can be heard on WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com) and SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Channel 134) with Pete Medhurst handling the call courtside beginning with the Navy Basketball pregame show at 3:45 pm (ET). All-Access subscribers can watch the game online as part of the Navy and Patriot League All-Access packages. As always, fans can receive text message updates via Navy's official athletics Twitter page (@NavyAthletics).
Navy is coming off a 58-41 decision to Lehigh on Wednesday night in which the Mids once again struggled to find offense. The Mids are averaging just 57.8 points per game in all 27 outings and just 55.4 ppg during Patriot League play. The Midshipmen are shooting just 40.3 percent from the field for the season and 38.0 percent from the field in Patriot League play. One area of strength for the Midshipmen has been in the rebounding department. Despite typically starting just one player that stands 6-6 or taller, Navy is just minus-0.5 in rebounding margin, one year after setting the school record for worst rebounding margin in school history (minus-9.4). Over the last six games, Navy has a plus-1.5 rebound margin.
Bucknell enters Saturday's regular-season finale with a 21-8 record and have locked up the Patriot League title with an 11-2 league record. Even with a loss to Navy on Saturday, the Bison will likely hold the tiebreaker over Lehigh (which could tie for the league title), giving Bucknell the top seed. The Bison are led by junior Mike Muscala (16.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg), Cameron Ayers (11.1 ppg) and Joe Willman (10.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg) while leading the league in several statistical categories, including scoring defense (60.2 ppg), field goal pct. (.462) and defensive field goal pct. (.390).
Navy leads the all-time series, 34-28, but Bucknell has won three straight over the Midshipmen and are looking for its second straight season sweep of the Midshipmen. Prior to the current stretch, Navy won five-of-six meetings against Bucknell. Sojka Pavilion has been a house of horrors for Navy, as the Mids are 2-8 against Bucknell there.
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