Patriot League basketball standings 2013: Mike Muscala, Bucknell earn 3rd straight regular season title

Michael Hickey

Led by one of the nation's best centers in Mike Muscala, Bucknell won their third conference title in a row -- but Lehigh and Lafayette have hopes of knocking them off in the conference tournament after beating the Bison in the regular season.

Mike Muscala powered the Bucknell Bison to a regular-season Patriot League Championship, their third in a row, but they still have work to do if they want to make it to the NCAA Tournament out of what will likely be a one-bid league.

Muscala is a 6'11 center with legit NBA prospects, as many scouts think that he'll be selected in the second round of this June's draft. He was pretty much everything for the Bison, averaging a double-double with 19.4 points and 11.1 rebounds per game -- he was even tied for the team's lead in assists with 2.5 per game.

However, his team wasn't invincible: their out-of-conference play wasn't too impressive with losses to Penn State and Princeton and no wins against Kenpom top 50 teams. And they dropped a pair of squeakers to Lafayette and Lehigh, with the Mountain Hawks ekeing out a 65-62 win and the Leopards winning 63-62 on a Tony Johnson jumper in the closing seconds. Still, their season was good enough to be tops in the conference, their third regular-season title in as many seasons.

Lehigh and Lafayette, always big rivals, finished tied for second-place at 10-4, but thanks to a pair of head-to-head wins by the Leopards, Lafayette takes the No. 2 spot in the conference standings at the end of the year. After shocking the world with an upset of Duke as the No. 15 seed last season, the Mountain Hawks have been hurt badly by the loss of C.J. McCollum. The Patriot League's all-time leading scorer, McCollum was averaging 23.9 points per game and was initially supposed to be out just a few weeks, but two months after the injury is just getting off crutches for the first time.

Here's a full look at the conference's final regular season standings:

Team Conference Overall
Bucknell 12-2 25-5
Lafayette 10-4 17-14
Lehigh 10-4 20-8
Army 8-6 15-14
American 5-9 10-19
Colgate 5-9 11-20
Holy Cross 4-10 12-17
Navy 2-12 8-22

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