Gators’ NCAA Tournament foe: St. Bonaventure

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St. Bonaventure's Jaylen Adams takes a foul shot in the final moments of the second half of a First Four game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament against UCLA, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Dayton, Ohio. St. Bonaventure won 65-58. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
St. Bonaventure

Olean, N.Y., 26-7.

Nickname: Bonnies. Coach: Mark Schmidt.

Conference: Atlantic 10. Bid: At large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament History: 7-8, 1 Final Four in 6 appearances.

Last appearance: 2012, lost to Florida State in the first round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 77.9 points per game, 45.6 fg pct, 39.8 3-pt pct, 75.4 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Jaylen Adams 19.8; Matt Mobley 18.5; Courtney Stockard 12.9.

Rebounds: LaDarien Griffin 6.5; Stockard 6.4; Avg team margin (plus-1.0).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.23): Adams (5.4/3.2), 141 assists.

Last 11 Games: 10-1.

Best Win: 77-74 at home to Rhode Island on Feb. 16.

Worst Loss: 77-75 at home to Niagara on Nov. 10.

The Skinny: The Bonnies enter the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012. St. Bonaventure had its 13-game win streak snapped against Davidson in the conference tournament semifinal, but have 25 wins to match the program record set by the 1969-70 Final Four team. Senior guard Jaylen Adams is the A-10 co-player of the year.

St. Bonaventure beat UCLA  65-58 for its first NCAA Tournament victory since 1970 in the play-in game Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio.”It can’t get better,” Coach Mark Schmidt said.The Bonnies will have more chances. The 11th-seeded Bonnies (26-7) will play sixth-seeded Florida (20-12) in Dallas on Thursday night in the East region. They did interviews, showered and headed for a flight to their next destination.

“Florida’s got four or five days on us, so we’ll be watching tape on the plane,” Schmidt said. “We’ve got a 2 a.m. flight, but it couldn’t be a better flight. Ever.”

St. Bonaventure set a school record with its 26th win. The undersized Bonnies lack depth and were glad to get Stockard back from the hamstring injury. He’s scored 21, 31, 22, 19 and 26 points in the last five games.

 

St. Bonaventure’s 26 wins surpass the 25 by the 1969-70 team that reached the Final Four.

 

St. Bonaventure’s win Tuesday was its first in the NCAA Tournament since 1970, when it beat Davidson, N.C. State and Villanova before losing to Jacksonville. The Bonnies had lost three NCAA Tournament games — in 1978, 2000 and 2012 — since that last win in 1970.

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    • Just a thought, they do not have a big presence underneath. In a way, we become the big team. So for this matchup, the Gators do NOT have to shoot lights out, we’ll be able to establish an inside presence, and the driving lanes will be open. We can win this game with a mediocre shooting night.