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Bucknell announces hiring of former assistant Nathan Davis as head coach

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Bucknell has found its replacement for Dave Paulsen, who left the program last month to become the head coach at George Mason. Sunday evening the school announced the hiring of Nathan Davis, who makes his return to Bucknell after serving as the head coach at Randolph Macon for the last six seasons.

Prior to taking his first head coaching job Davis was an assistant at Bucknell from 2003-08, and during that period the program won NCAA tournament games in 2005 (vs. No. 3 Kansas) and 2006 (vs. No. 8 Arkansas) and also achieved its first ever Top 25 ranking during the 2005-06 season. With Davis returning, Bucknell will look to remain a major player in the Patriot League.

“I am extremely excited to be coming back to Bucknell,” Davis said in the release. “Having worked there for five years, I know what a special place Bucknell is. It is an ideal place to coach, because you have student-athletes who are committed to excellence on and off the court.

“I have remained a huge fan of the Bison and followed the team closely, and I hope to continue to build on the success that Dave Paulsen and his staff have achieved over the last seven years.”

Davis, who will be formally introduced by the school Tuesday afternoon, won more than 78 percent of his games as head coach at Randolph Macon. And with the talent expected to return next season, his debut campaign at Bucknell sets up to be a successful one as well.

The Bison’s top six scorers, led by rising senior guard Chris Hass (16.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg) and rising sophomore center Nana Foulland (10.2, 5.4), return after winning the Patriot League regular season title (13-5 record; 19-15 overall) in 2014-15.

Reports: Holy Cross to name Bill Carmody head coach Thursday

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A little less than two weeks after deciding to relieve Milan Brown of his head coaching duties, it’s been reported by multiple outlets that Holy Cross has found his replacement.

According to reports from Andy Katz of and Jennifer Tolland of the Worcester Telegran and Gazette, the Patriot League school will announce Bill Carmody as its new hire on Thursday. Carmody, who has been a Division I head coach at Princeton and Northwestern, was named special assistant to Fairfield head coach Sydney Johnson in late January.

In his 17 seasons as a head coach Carmody has led his teams to two NCAA (both at Princeton) and six NIT (four at Northwestern) appearances. Carmody was relieved of his duties at Northwestern at the end of the 2012-13 season, ending a 13-year run at the Big Ten school.

In five seasons under Brown’s leadership the Crusaders made just one postseason appearance, as they played in the CIT last season.

Ralph Willard, who served as head coach at Holy Cross from 1999-2009, led his alma mater to four NCAA tournaments and one Postseason NIT. The hope is that Carmody is the man who can push Holy Cross basketball back in that direction. Holy Cross loses its top two scorers from this past season’s team, as Malcolm Miller and Justin Burrell are both out of eligibility.

Introducing Cinderella: Meet the Lafayette Leopards

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Conference: Patriot League

Coach: Fran O’Hanlon

Record: 20-12 (9-9)

Ratings and rankings:

Kenpom: 197
RPI (per NCAA): 126
AP/USA Today: Not ranked

Seeding: Look for the Leopards to land on the 16-line come Selection Sunday.

Names you need to know: Dan Trist (17.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg), Seth Hinrichs (13.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.5 apg), Nick Lindner (12.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 5.4 apg), Joey Ptasinski (9.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg)

Stats you need to know: The Leopards will be one of the better offensive teams in the field, as they entered Wednesday averaging 74.5 points per game and shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 41.0 percent from beyond the arc. The Leopards are also one of the best foul shooting teams in the country, as they’re making 76.5 percent of those attempts. The defensive end is where the concerns lie however, as they ranked in the bottom half of the Patriot League in many of the major statistical categories.

Tendencies: Lafayette scores more than 32 percent of its points by way of the three-point shot, and despite their performance from the foul line only 17.6 percent of the Leopards’ points have been scored from the charity stripe. They take care of the basketball (1.47 assist-to-turnover ratio as a team; seventh nationally), and nearly 60 percent of their field goals have been assisted. Defensively the Leopards have looked to use both man and zone looks, but as noted above that end of the floor is where they’ve had trouble.

Big wins, bad losses: Lafayette opened the season with a 77-50 win over Robert Morris, which will represent the Northeast Conference in the NCAA tournament, and they also had a non-conference win over Princeton. In conference play the Leopards beat regular season champ Bucknell twice, the second of which coming in the Patriot League semis, and they also picked up a win over Colgate. As for dubious losses, the Leopards did go 9-9 in league play and losses include Navy, Holy Cross and Boston University.

How’d they get here?: Lafayette has won four straight games since losing to Colgate February 25, with the final three wins coming in the Patriot League tournament. The biggest win came against Bucknell, as Nick Lindner scored 23 points and Dan Trist added 21. Lindner scored 25 and dished out four assists in the title game victory over American, at one point going shot for shot with American’s Darius “Pee Wee” Gardner during the second half. Lindner’s been outstanding of late for Lafayette, as he’s scored 23 points or more in each of the last three games.

Outlook: Lafayette is unlikely to knock off a one-seed (no 16 ever has), but getting to the tournament is quite the achievement for seniors Hinrichs, Trist and Joey Ptasinski (Lindner’s a sophomore). If they wind up making the trek to Dayton this is a team that can win, especially given their efficiency on the offensive end.

How do I know you?: Lafayette last reached the NCAA tournament in 2000, when they fell to Temple in the first round.  That was the second of two straight NCAA appearances the Leopards made under O’Hanlon, who played his college basketball at Villanova (1967-70). Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon attended Lafayette during the 1970s, and coaches such as Dr. Tom Davis, Butch van Breda Kolff and Gary Williams all spent time working at Lafayette during their respective coaching careers.

Holy Cross fires head coach Milan Brown after five seasons

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Less than 24 hours after their season came to an end with an overtime loss in the Patriot League quarterfinals to Bucknell, Holy Cross announced that it has decided to replace head coach Milan Brown.

Brown, who arrived at Holy Cross in 2010 after leading the program at Mount St. Mary’s, spent five seasons at Holy Cross and put together a record of 69 wins and 83 losses. Holy Cross finished the 2014-15 season with a 14-16 overall record, going 8-10 in Patriot League play.

“I am disappointed that we must make this change, but the success of our men’s basketball program has not been commensurate with our competitive expectations under Coach Brown’s leadership,” Holy Cross athletics director Nathan Pine said in the release. “I thank Coach Brown for all his efforts at Holy Cross and his many contributions to the College community, especially his care and concern for our student-athletes.”

Next season the Crusaders will have to account for the loss of their top two scorers from this year’s team, as forward Malcolm Miller and guard Justin Burrell are both graduating. Their top scorers who have eligibility remaining are forward Malcolm Alexander (8.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg as as sophomore in 2014-15) and guard/forward Eric Green (6.5, 3.2 as a junior).

Patriot League Tournament Preview and Postseason Awards

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Despite losing both games to Colgate, Bucknell still managed to claim the Patriot League regular season title by one game over the Raiders. That should tell you how competitive this week’s tournament should be. Lehigh routed Bucknell one week ago and Lafayette, another contender, has notched wins over each of the top three teams in the league. Leading the list of dark horses were two of the preseason favorites, American and Holy Cross.

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When: March 3, 5, 8, 11

Where: Campus sites (higher seed)

Final: March 11, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

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Favorite: Bucknell

The Bison won the regular season title league for the fourth time in six years. Bucknell made noise early in the season, giving Villanova, now considered a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, a scare. But the Bison began league play 2-2 before rallying off win streaks of five and six games to win the Patriot League outright. It’s a young roster, but the Bison will hold home court and will have the guidance of Dave Paulsen, looking to take his third team to the NCAA tournament.

And if they lose?: Colgate

We’ve seen how important guard play is in March. The Raiders have a talented perimeter attack with senior scoring guard Damon Sherman-Newsome, Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year Luke Roh and junior Austin Tillotson. Colgate has also shown it can win on the road with victories at Lehigh, Lafayette and Bucknell.


  • Lehigh: The Mountain Hawks went 1-2 down the stretch, but that win was a 19-point win over league favorite Bucknell and those two losses — to fourth-place Lafayette and second-place Colgate — were by a total of eight points. A young roster got battle-tested in the last week of the season and they could use that, and the play of big man Tim Kempton, to make  a run this March.
  • American: Let’s not count out the defending champion. The Eagles still have Jesse Reed and Pee Wee Gardner. They also defeated three of the top four teams at least once this season.

Player of the Year: Dan Trist, Lafayette

The senior forward was conference’s top scorer at 17.7 points per game while grabbing 6.7 boards a night, good for fourth in the Patriot League. He went for 20 or more in both games against first-place Bucknell, including 29 points and 11 boards in a 84-74 win on Feb. 4. He also had strong outings against Colgate and Lehigh, the other two teams ahead of the Leopards in the league standings.

Coach of the Year: Dave Paulsen, Bucknell

The Bison were slotted to finish in the middle of the pack in the Patriot League preseason poll. Paulen, in his seventh season at Bucknell, took a young roster — seven freshmen and sophomores compared to two seniors who see significant minutes — and led them to the top spot in the standings, the fourth time the Bison have won the regular season title during his tenure.

All-Patriot League Team:

  • Trist
  • Tim Kempton, Lehigh: The sophomore big man was the league’s top rebounder (8.6) while averaging 15.1 points per game. He recorded six of his 13 double-doubles during Patriot League play.
  • Damon Sherman-Newsome, Colgate: The 6-foot-5 senior guard led the Raiders to a second-place finish, pacing the team in scoring at 14.8 points per game.
  • Cedric Hankerson, Boston University: The Terriers experienced a lot of turnover from last year. Hankerson embraced a larger role, increasing his scoring average by nearly 10 full points at 15.9 points per game. He also averaged 4.6 boards and 2.6 assists per game.
  • Chris Hass, Bucknell: The junior scoring guard scored 15.4 points per game, fifth in the Patriot League.

CBT PREDICTION: Bucknell over Lehigh

Holy Cross forward Malcolm Miller makes a case to be in the college dunk contest (VIDEO)

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Holy Cross senior Malcolm Miller is one of the most underrated dunkers in America and the 6-foot-7 forward is campaigning to be apart of the college dunk contest at the end of the season with a new YouTube video.

The in-game slams from Miller are certainly impressive and CBT alum and noted Holy Cross fan Kevin Doyle also re-assured me that Miller is the real deal when it comes to dunks.

Here’s the video of Miller making his case for the dunk contest: