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Patriot League Tournament 2013 schedule and bracket: Mike Muscala, Bucknell tip tourney off Wednesday night

Led by 6'11 center Mike Muscala, Bucknell are the favorites in the Patriot League Tournament, which tips off Wednesday night with four first-round games, with first whistle at 7 p.m. at campus sites. All games are streaming at the Patriot League's website.

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7 p.m.: No. 1 Bucknell (12-2, 25-5, Kenpom ranking 58) vs. No. 8 Navy (2-12, 8-22, Kenpom ranking 316), Sojka Pavilion, Lewisburg, Pa.

The regular-season champs really shouldn't struggle with Navy. Their last game of the regular season was against the Midshipmen on Saturday, and they coasted to a 16-point win in which Muscala played just 23 minutes. Fast-forward four days and shift the location to Bucknell's home, and it should be an easy win. If Muscala's numbers from Sunday's game leave you wondering whether he can dominate against Navy, he had a season-high 19 boards against the Middies earlier in the season. Ed DeChellis' strange decision to leave Penn State for Navy after an NIT Championship in 2010 and the school's first tourney bid in over 10 years in 2011 hasn't paid off: the team went 0-14 in Patriot League play in his first year in Annapolis, and went just 2-12 this season.


Patriot League bracket | Streaming at Patriot League website

7 p.m.: No. 2 Lafayette (10-4, 17-14, Kenpom ranking 179) vs. No. 7 Holy Cross (4-10, 12-17, Kenpom ranking 228), Kirby Sports Center, Easton, Pa.

The Leopards closed the season strong, winning their last five games, including an upset over Bucknell -- a game they won 63-62 on a Tony Johnson jumper in the game's closing seconds. Johnson had also been the hero in the team's last game against Holy Cross, nailing a three with four seconds left to give Lafayette a 79-76 win in a game they'd trailed by as much as 13. Lafayette can hurt teams from deep, as both Johnson and Seth Hinrichs shoot 45.1 percent from deep -- as a team, they shoot 38.2 percent, the 23rd best figure in the nation.

7 p.m. No. 3 Lehigh (10-4, 20-8, Kenpom ranking 86) vs. No. 6 Colgate (5-9, 11-20, Kenpom ranking 269), Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, Pa.

It's a mismatch on paper, but the Raiders knocked off the Mountain Hawks a few weeks back as part of a bad finish to the year for Lehigh. With all-time Patriot League leading scorer C.J. McCollum still out with a broken foot, the team that beat No. 2-seeded Duke in last year's NCAA Tournament isn't likely to have another tour as the darlings of the college basketball world, but they could win the conference tourney. They've already beaten Bucknell -- a 65-62 win on the road in January -- but they'll need to get past Lafayette, which is their biggest rival and a team that won both head-to-head matchups in the semifinals.

No. 4 Army (8-6, 15-14, Kenpom ranking 165) vs. No. 5 American (5-9, 10-19, Kenpom ranking ), Christl Arena, West Point, N.Y.

Army hoops is one of the more interesting conundrums in the college basketball world. They've had legendary coaches in Bobby Knight and Mike Krzyzewski, but they're one of just five teams to have played Division basketball since the inception of the NCAA Tournament never to qualify. (Side note: I write SB Nation's Northwestern blog. Hi!) Senior wing Ella Ellis is the star for the Black Knights, scoring over 30 points in three of the team's final four games. He shoots 41.1 percent from deep and draws 7.4 fouls per 40 minutes -- the fifth best ratio in the nation. As a senior, this is his last opportunity to break Army's spell.

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