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With West Virginia forcing a healthy but not outrageous number of Bucknell turnovers (15), offensive rebounding made the difference for the Mountaineers in their 86-80 win over the Bison. Nine different WVU players recorded at least one offensive board, as Bob Huggins' team pulled down 42 percent of its misses.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

A year after he went scoreless in West Virginia's first-round loss to Stephen F. Austin, Nate Adrian made sure the Mountaineers advanced. The senior scored 12, pulled down 10 rebounds and added two assists to help WVU survive a pesky Bucknell team. WVU's press wasn't nearly as effective as usual, with the Bison able to score easily in transition and now the Mountaineers will facea Notre Dame team that doesn't make a lot of mistakes. The Irish average just 9 turnovers per game.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

West Virginia will have to hit free throws to secure this. No guarantee

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

West Virginia's inefficiency on offense rearing its head here. Add that to Bucknell's fearless attack in transition and we've got a ballgame.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Bucknell failed to score in final four minutes of the half, allowing West Virginia to build back a 9-point lead. See if Bison have enough energy to mount another charge. First five minutes after the break could be telling.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Should add West Virginia killing itself, too, with some really bad and unforced turnovers.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Try this on: the press is killing West Virginia right now. Deceptively quick Bucknell backcourt shredding it easily, leading to way too many quick buckets.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Looked like Bucknell was about to get run out of the gym but the Bison are not easily rattled. When able to break the press, taking advantage and scoring easily on transition. Scrappy play by Nate Adrian is the difference for Mountaineers right now.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Bucknell meet Press Virginia. An offensive foul plus a turnover equals disaster. Mountaineers needed two minutes to break this game wide open.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

If the Bison is going to have a chance today, can't turn the ball over and must feed big man Nana Foulland. He's a difference maker.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Big group of Bucknell fans behind me. No sign of Jay Wright, Class of 1983. Guess he has other things to do today.

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Thursday viewers' guide: Bucknell-West Virginia

Not many are picking No. 13 seed Bucknell over No. 4 West Virginia, but the Bison can make things interesting. Keep an eye on Patriot League Player of the Year Nana Foulland.

ESPN Stats and Information  

ESPN's BPI overwhelmingly favors West Virginia in Thursday's 2:45 p.m. first-round matchup in Buffalo. "Press Virginia" comes into the tourney on pace to have the most points per game off turnovers among any major conference team in the last six seasons.

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220dJohn Gasaway

The numbers to know for all 68 tourney teams

How good is UCLA's up-tempo offense? And just how powerful is Gonzaga's inside attack? We've got the most important numbers for the Bruins and Zags, plus the rest of the field.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Bucknell is the No. 13 seed in the West region and will face West Virginia in the first round on Thursday. The Bison won the Patriot League tournament, but it has been more than a decade since they picked up a victory in the Big Dance.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Gonzaga grabs the top seed in the West region, while Northwestern makes its first-ever tournament appearance as a No. 8 seed. Notre Dame faces Ivy League champion Princeton in the 5-12 matchup.

225dJoe Lunardi

Bracketology: The Bison are dancing!

Bucknell was the only team to punch an NCAA tournament ticket on Wednesday night. The Bison are projected to face a Big Ten foe in Milwaukee.


Lehigh, Bucknell battling for tourney bid

The Mountain Hawks and Bison will go head-to-head in the Patriot League tournament final on Wednesday night. The winner will go dancing. Preview


Top seed Bucknell eliminates Army

Stephen Brown scored 20 points and hit four 3-pointers to help lead No. 1 seed Bucknell to a 78-62 win over No. 8 seed Army in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament on Thursday night

Team Stats

Points Per Game76.3108th
Rebounds Per Game34.4255th
Assists Per Game14.6101st
Points Allowed67.964th

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Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record2-6
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances6