Bucknell (8-8) at Army (8-8)
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DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 19, 3 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Christl Arena (5,043) -- West Point, New York.
Television: CBSSN. Home Record: Bucknell 4-2, Army 3-4. Away Record: Bucknell
4-5, Army 4-3. Neutral Record: Bucknell 0-0, Army 1-1. Conference Record:
Bucknell 3-2, Army 4-1. Series Record: Bucknell leads, 46-19.
GAME NOTES: Coming off their first Patriot League loss of the season, the Army
Black Knights get right back to conference work on Sunday, as they play host
to the Bucknell Bison at Christl Arena.
The Black Knights were home last Wednesday, but that didn't help them in a
78-75 loss to Holy Cross. The setback spoiled a 4-0 start to league play for
Army and ended a five-game win streak.
The Bison had a win streak of their own halted in their last game, as a 62-61
heartbreaking defeat at Navy on Wednesday brought an end to a three-game win
streak and dropped Bucknell to just 3-2 in conference play.
Bucknell holds a sizeable 46-19 advantage in the series with Army and has won
the last seven meetings.
The Bison trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half and almost pulled
off an impressive comeback only to fall by a single point to the Midshipmen
last week. Ben Brackney and Steven Kaspar led the team in defeat with 12
points apiece. Kaspar finished off a double-double with 10 assists. Chris Haas
almost joined Kaspar, posting 11 points and nine rebounds, while Cameron Ayers
chipped in with 10 points in the loss.
Bucknell's 8-8 record is understandable when considering the team is scoring
(66.8 ppg) just a little more than it gives up (65.6 ppg). The team lacks any
real prolific scoring threats, as Ayers and Haas are the two top performers at
13.9 and 10.5 ppg, respectively. Brian Fitzpatrick (8.9 ppg) and Brackney (8.6
ppg) provide limited depth.
Although the Black Knights lost last time out, they are enjoying their best
stretch of games since the 2009-10 campaign, going 7-2 in their last nine
outings. The loss to the Crusaders spoiled a terrific performance by Tanner
Plomp, who recorded his first career double-double with 29 points and 10
rebounds. Army actually held a 14-point lead in the second half, but Holy
Cross closed the game on a 29-12 run to earn the win. Joining Plomb in double
figures were Kyle Wilson (17 pts) and Dylan Cox (11 pts).
A modest offensive squad, Army comes in averaging 74.6 ppg, on a healthy .445
shooting. The team has raised its play in conference action, netting a hefty
78.0 ppg on just under 50 percent shooting. Wilson leads the offensive charge
and ranks third in the Patriot League in scoring at 18.4 ppg. Plomb is a
distant second in the scoring column at 10.9 ppg, but has certainly shown
signs of stronger play like the last game.
After a highly successful three-year run, the Bison are coming back to the
herd in the Patriot League. They have had Army's number of late, but the Black
Knights are a team on the rise and may just end the skid in the series here.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Army 66, Bucknell 63
01/19 10:19:51 ET
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