Jan. 26, 2005
LEWISBURG-Cold Pizza, the popular ESPN2 morning show, featured an interview with Bison Assistant Coach Nathan Davis and Junior Co-captain Kevin Bettencourt Wednesday.
Bucknell basketball is on a roll, gaining national attention after its upset win over Pittsburgh Jan. 2. The men, 14-4 overall and 5-0 in the Patriot League, are in the midst of an 11-game winning streak, one of the longest in school history.
Asked what the win over Pittsburgh meant for the Bison program, Davis says, "Well, first all of all, you can see we're here. Instead of sitting back in my office watching (game tapes), I can come in and talk to you guys. It's been great for the program. We've obviously gotten a lot of attention."
Davis says winning has given the program a lot of media attention and "you feel good about yourself and putting in all that time to work hard and play better."
Bettencourt said "yes and no" when asked if all the media spotlight was affecting the team's ability to stay focused. "It's tough. You have a lot more demands on you from time to time to talk to people you wouldn't normally talk to."
But he says that, too, can be plus because it keeps him working hard "to prove that all the attention is warranted and you deserve it. We're just worrying about one game at a time."
The last time Bucknell enjoyed a winning streak longer than 11 games was in 1919.
The Bison now embark on a four-game road trip, starting with American University Friday night and Navy Sunday afternoon.
The ESPN2 Cold Pizza anchor asked if, perhaps, the team was thinking ahead to the NCAA March Madness tournament season.
"I'm too busy trying to think about we can how beat American" Friday night and Navy Sunday, says assistant coach Davis. "I can't think that far ahead."
About the team's prospects, Bettencourt says, "It's really exciting thinking about the future and how far we can go."