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NCAA Tournament Bracket Research: Looking at the Patriot League

Bucknell and Colgate Battle for the NCAA Automatic Bid

NCAA Basketball: Bucknell at North Carolina Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is the best weekend of the calendar year (this is fact, not an opinion). Dozens of college basketball games with teams and players trying to make themselves a household name, even if for just the weekend. Small schools from smaller conferences get their shot at knocking off schools with more established basketball pedigrees. This is going to be a series where we take a look at 22 conferences and the schools most likely to represent them in the NCAA Tournament. Consider this early bracket research to find that Cinderella team that busts everyone’s bracket...except yours.

Patriot League

Last Year’s NCAA Participant: Bucknell Bison
Prior Years Upset Team: Back in 2005, Bucknell registered a memorable win over 3-seed, Kansas. The Bison followed that up by earning a 9-seed the following year where they upset Arkansas. In 2011, Lehigh was one of the rare 15-seed wins over a 2-seed when they took down Duke.

The Patriot League, known more for their academic prowess than their basketball, has managed to knock off a couple bluebloods in recent years. Can they do it again?

Bucknell Bison

KenPom Rank: 107
Off Efficiency: 109.1 (105)
Def Efficiency: 103.0 (123)
eFG%: 53.7% (73)

Why are the dangerous: The Bison are 24-9 and have lost just twice since mid-December. They have nice balance with Nana Foulland as a 6’10” post who averages 15 points and 7 rebounds per game, to go along with Zach Thomas who scores 20 points and nabs 9 rebounds per game from the wing and then point guard Stephen Brown averages just under 15 points per game. Good balance, they get to the free throw line (this is big too) and they are decent defensively.

Colgate Raiders

KenPom Rank: 200
Off Efficiency: 106.1 (159)
Def Efficiency: 105.5 (169)
eFG%: 52.8% (94)

Why are the dangerous: Not particularly dangerous, really. Both sides of the ball are decent, nothing stands out as something they can hang their hat on to compete with a top 10 caliber team. If the Raiders manage to beat Bucknell, they’ll almost certainly be a 15 or 16-seed. I don’t see them capable of pulling off the stunning upset.

The Bison? It isn’t out of the question.

The championship game is tonight. Depsite the fact that KenPom ranks this as only the 27th best game to view today, it is worth watching for NCAA Tournament preparedness. 6:30 on the CBS Sport Network is where you’ll find it. If Bucknell wins, they may be a team to watch next weekend.