If columnist Travis Lazarczyk of the Kennebec Journal in Augusta Maine has any influence with his readers, the state of Maine will be rooting for Bucknell in the tournament. Why Bucknell? Let Lazarczyk explain:
If you want a sentimental 14 to pick as a winner, go with Bucknell against Kansas, with Falmouth High School graduate Darren Mastropaolo in the starting lineup as a freshman. With Maryland and Deering's Nik Canner-Medley, and Buffalo, with Valley High School's Brian Andre, relegated to the NIT, Mastropaolo is the Pine Tree State's only hope for tourney glory.He also points out:
The Jayhawks had all they could handle from Holy Cross, Bucknell's Patriot League brother, a few years ago.