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Go BONNIES!!!...Sat, today, 1:45 pm, Bonnies v LSU

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Great articles on Bonnies! Why not NU also?

Amid backdrop of heartbreak, NCAA underdog aims to make noise in March
Dan Wetzel·Columnist
Wed, March 17, 2021

"No matter how much the snow piles up across the campus of Saint Bonaventure University — and 6, 7 feet will fall each winter — a particular, if peculiar bit of Western New York sunniness pervades.

The students and faculty will peer out into the heart of winter and shrug. At least Olean isn’t Orchard Park or Hamburg or even Lackawanna, they’ll tell each other. At least it isn’t part of the snowbelt South of Buffalo, a little more than an hour drive to the north.

Now that is where it really comes down. This … this isn’t so bad.

Optimism in the face of reality might as well be Saint Bonaventure’s motto (“Becoming Extraordinary” is the real one). The attitude fuels the place, this Franciscan school with a high school enrollment (1,800) in the middle of nowhere. It probably should have shuttered decades ago, yet somehow, someway it continues to not just survive 163 years after its founding, but actually thrive.

That includes the preposterous concept that a campus with all the characteristics of Division III would not only go D-I, but compete in, and routinely even win, the rugged Atlantic 10, which is filled with either big-state schools (UMass, VCU, Rhode Island) or ones in big cities (Philadelphia, New York, Washington, Pittsburgh)...."

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Very nice story. St Bonaventure made the right basketball moves in the late seventies, early eighties while we floundered our way into oblivion. Wish them the best...beat LSU.
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Here's how a friendship led Bonnies to an NCAA Tournament matchup with LSU
Marquel Slaughter
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

"St. Bonaventure juniors Kyle Lofton and Osun Osunniyi have won a national title together.

In 2018, Lofton and Osunniyi helped Putnam Science Academy capture a national preparatory school championship.

The pair can now add Atlantic 10 conference titles and an NCAA Tournament berth to their resumés .

The New Jersey natives weren’t close when they first met at the Connecticut prep school but after becoming roommates as St. Bonaventure freshmen, their friendship grew...."

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5 things St. Bonaventure needs to do to beat LSU in the NCAA Tournament
Robert Bell
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ALe ... CA0&uact=5

Bonnies, (Record: 15-4, 11-4 A-10, #9 seed
LSU Tigers, (Record: 18-8, 11-6 SEC), #8 seed
The game will take place Saturday, March 20th, at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. Tipoff is 1:45 on TNT.

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies earned a No. 9 seed in this year's NCAA tournament after defeating VCU 74-65 in the Atlantic 10 tournament on Sunday, giving them an automatic bid to the dance. Waiting for them in the first round is the No. 8 seed, LSU Tigers.

The 16-4 Bonnies are making their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2018 when they defeated UCLA in the first four before falling to Florida.

St. Bonaventure is led by All-Atlantic 10 point guard Kyle Lofton and Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, Osun Osunniyi. They have a top-five defense, but their first-round foe, LSU, is formidable.

Despite the Tiger's one-point loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship, LSU has won seven of their last ten games and sport one of the country's best offensive threats.

The game will take place Saturday, March 20th, at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. Tipoff is 1:45 on TNT.
Here are five ways the Bonnies can upset the Tigers.

1. Spread the ball around
St. Bonaventure Bonnies guard Kyle Lofton (0) drives against Virginia Commonwealth Rams guard Adrian Baldwin Jr. (1) in the second half of the final game of the Atlantic 10 tournament at University of Dayton Arena.
St. Bonaventure has five players with double-figure scoring averages this season. With every player on the floor able to get a bucket, LSU could find it difficult to focus on one player.

2. Attack the rim
St. Bonaventure's Kyle Lofton, center, tries to shoot between VCU's Brendan Medley-Bacon, left, and Corey Douglas during the first half of an NCAA college basketball championship game for the Atlantic Ten Conference tournament Sunday, March 14, 2021, in Dayton, Ohio.
Despite their potent offensive attack, LSU struggles on defense, ranking 126th in adjusted defensive efficiency. St. Bonaventure only averages 71 points per game but will need to stay on the attack if they want to exploit the mediocre Tiger defense.

3. Osun Osunniyi needs to have a monster game

St. Bonaventure Bonnies forward Osun Osunniyi (21) reacts with the A10 trophy after defeating the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the final game of the Atlantic 10 tournament at University of Dayton Arena.
If St. Bonaventure wins this game, it'll be on the back of their nationally ranked defense, led by big man Osun Osunniyi. He averages 2.8 blocks per game, which ranks ninth in the country. The Bonnies are fourth in the nation in points allowed at just 60.1 per game.

4. Slow down Cameron Thomas
Feb 13, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers guard Cameron Thomas (24) dribbles against Tennessee Volunteers guard Jaden Springer (11) during the second half at Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Freshman LSU guard Cameron Thomas is the fourth ranked scorer in college basketball, averaging 23.1 points per game. He is aggressiveness, takes a lot of shots and frequently gets to the free-throw line, where he's shooting 90.3%.

5. Shoot the 3
To score enough points to match LSU's offense, the Bonnies may have to rely on points beyond the arc. St. Bonaventure has two 3-point shooting threats. Jaren Holmes and Dominick Welch are shooting over 40% from 3-point range.
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Why not NU
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Because Niagara plays in the MAAC while Saint B’s competes in the A10.
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I couldn’t agree more.
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I recall NU was approached for the A10 under Dan Raskin who wanted in.
The entrance fee was $50K at the time and NU thought they should not have to pay due to our program's history, and the rest is history...
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Yup the A10 is the primary reason why Bonnies is competitive at the national level.
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Yup the A10 is the primary reason why Bonnies is competitive at the national level.
More than that, the A10 affiliation is a major reason the Bonnies remain open. Their locale is very challenging for admissions and the A10 affiliation is a key to attracting students.
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The Bonnies got whopped by LSU. Tough ending to a good season.
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