ESPN.com's Andy Katz has Bucknell on what he calls his Summer Sessions Top 50, ranking the Bison at No. 50 and calling them one of "10 teams we could see getting an NCAA bid and possibly winning a first-round game"
Credentials: The Bison's win over Kansas ranks as the top victory in the 2005 NCAA Tournament and there is a carryover to this season. The Bison had only one senior on last season's team -- and he was sixth in scoring. The return of the rest of the core -- specifically guard Kevin Bettencourt, center Chris McNaughton and wing Charles Lee -- bodes well for Bucknell's chances to get back to the Dance and win a game again. Remember, this is the same team that shocked Saint Joseph's and Pittsburgh on the road during the regular season.For those who dig visuals, there is also a picture of Bucknell center Chris McNaughton on the site's College Basketball index page with the tease to Katz's piece.
Reason: Bucknell took a spring trip to England and Ireland, beat up on the competition on the way to a 4-0 record and got more experience as a team. This is one of those machine-like teams that should be so well-schooled in its schemes by now that they will be tough to beat. Bucknell might get a Top 25 vote early.
Red flag: Some people will still say Bucknell is not talented or athletic enough to hang with the big boys, but that was proven wrong last season. No, the biggest problem for Bucknell is getting back to the NCAAs. The Patriot League just doesn't get two bids. So that means Bucknell has to play well enough to be one of the Patriot League tournament's two protected seeds, at the very least. Bucknell won the title game on Holy Cross' home court last season, but it might be asking a lot of the Bison to pull that off again.