One of the great clichés of Championship Week is that it's difficult to beat a team three times. And it's true that familiarity breeds a lot of game tape, but in today's only game featuring a black bid binder and net-cutting, it should be one of the easier trifectas to accomplish. Bucknell has only lost to Duke (expected), Northern Iowa (in 2OT), Villanova (nothing to be ashamed of) and Santa Clara (ummm... jet lag?) Holy Cross won 20 games at the expense of a weak Patriot League core and finished second in just about every statistical category, but struggled to score points consistently (42.5% FG, 234th in D1).
So here's what to expect: Bucknell will do what it did the first two times, and that's to establish a slow and grinding tempo, dominating inside with big Chris McNaughton
. Holy Cross' guards will key one big run -- 10-2, 14-4, that kind of thing -- at some point in the game. If they can manage a second, Bucknell fans will likely spend the next two nights without sleep.
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