Patriot League Tournament schedule and bracket: Bucknell, Lafayette hoping to clinch NCAA bid

Michael Hickey

The Bucknell Bison and the Lafayette Leopards will meet in the Patriot League final on Wednesday with an automatic invitation to the NCAA tournament at stake.

The 2013 Patriot League men's basketball tournament will come to a conclusion on Wednesday, with the top two seeds in the tournament vying for an automatic-invite to the NCAA tournament.

The top-seeded Bucknell Bison will face the second-seeded Lafayette Leopards at 7:30 p.m. ET, with CBS Sports Network televising the game.

Both teams won their previous games against pesky semi-finals opponents. The Bison beat the No. 4 Army Black Knights 78-70, while the Leopards defeated last season's Patriot League champion, the No. 3 Lehigh Mountain Hawks 82-69. Click here for a link to the full tournament bracket.

Bucnkell enters the game as a fairly heavy favorite over the Leopards. Ken Pomeroy gives the Bison an 86 percent chance of winning the game, and has them ranked 100 spots higher than Lafayette. Bucknell played the stingiest defense in the conference this season, led by the conference's best shot-blocker, senior Mike Muscala.

The Leopards bring the conference's most efficient offense into Wednesday's game, and the team knows they can upset the Bison, as the two teams split their games this season. The Leopards are looking for a repeat of last season, when Bucknell entered the championship game as the No. 1 seed, only to lose to the No. 2.

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