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Know Your Foe: Bucknell Bison

Nothing says fall like early basketball games against obscure teams from even more obscure leagues. Here is everything you need to know about the Bucknell Bison.

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Today on Know Your Foe we learn all about the Bucknell Bison, a Patriot League powerhouse. I'll be watching this game from the cool bleachers of the student section, so expect some well educated chants from the insatiable Maize Rage.

  • Going 16-14 over the 2013-14 season, the Bison are looking to rebound from their worst season since 2010 after stringing together 3 Conference Champion from 2011 to 2013.

  • Bucknell is on a two game win streak against Big Ten opponents, having won at Purdue in 2012 and Penn State in 2013.

  • Bucknell has been to the NCAA tournament 6 times, winning 2 games against #3 Seed Kansas in 2005 and #8 Seed Arkansas in 2006. Bucknell is 2-0 in postseason play against teams with the word "Kansas" in the name and 0-4 against everyone else.

  • The Bucknell Bison play in the 4,000 seat Sojka Pavilion. For perspective, a single Michigan Football crowd would be enough to fill Sojka Pavilion for 28 basketball games, or two full seasons.

  • Bucknell is coached by 7th year man Dave Paulsen who served as an assistant coach on the Michigan Wolverines during the 1989-90 season.

  • Bucknell is located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Lewisburg is older than the University of Michigan itself and is only a single square mile in size.

  • The Bison are represented by their mascot Bucky the Bison. Presumably the female teams are represented by Nelly the Bison.

  • Bucknell football was once a national powerhouse. They defeated the Miami Hurricanes by a score of 26-0 in the first Orange Bowl. No seriously. It really happened.

  • Famous alumni include Kenneth Langone co-founder of Home-Depot, Hal Richman founder of Strat-O-Matic games and David Wood founder of TGI Friday's. So if any Michigan players are sick from dinner at TGI Fridays or hurt by loose floor boards at Crisler, we know who is to blame.

  • Athletic alumni include Greg Schiano, former head coach of Rutgers and founder of the "rushing the kneeling QB" strategy.
All in all Bucknell is a small school with a growing basketball program under an up and coming coach. Fortunately for the Wolverines it appears the team is on a down year but the Bison will still offer some resistance and a useful learning experience for the Wolverines. That's everything you need to know about the Bison, now GO BLUE!