Bonaventure Basketball: Keys for the Bonnies against UCLA


UCLA makes its fifth trip to NCAA Tournament in six years and looks to win at least two games for the fourth straight time when it begins play against risky St. Bonaventure on Tuesday in the First Four at Dayton, Ohio - in a battle of 11th seeds to open the East Region. The New York school has produced National Basketball Association players Andrew Nicholson, Freddie Crawford, J.R. Bremer, Whitey Martin and brothers Sam and Tom Stith in addition to Lanier, a Hall of Famer. UCLA now ranks 44th with 112.8 points per 100 possessions and St. Bonaventure is 47th (112.7).

The biggest basketball newsmaker out of the school in recent years might be ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA journalist known for scooping his competitors.

This will be St. Bonaventure's seventh appearance in the NCAA tournament and first since 2012.

"Would we like to be playing two games instead of three?" On the season, he averaed 12.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists. This could be the matchup that tilts the game in favor of the Bruins, if Holiday doesn't do it himself.

UCLA IN DAYTON?: Coach Steve Alford, who has led the Bruins to the tournament for the fourth time in five seasons, said he was surprised they were picked last and were sent to Dayton.

The Bruins have a 2-0 all-time record against the Bonnies in this series - having won the previous two meetings in December 1973 and December 1974. He averages 12.9 points, third on a team that has little depth.

Although this was the first time Wilkes ever watched the selection show, it was the last time Thomas Welsh got to take in selection Sunday as a Bruin.

The victor of this encounter will take on No. 6 seed Florida in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday.

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The Bruins are entering this year's NCAA Tournament having won eight of their last 12 games.

FAMILIAR ARENA: St. Bonaventure played at UD Arena on January 3 and lost 82-72.

"This would be the first time that we won't get booed", Schmidt said.

Welcome back to the NCAA Tournament, St. Bonaventure! The Sun Devils really fell apart in Pac-12 play, but if they can get back to an early-season form that saw them beat both Kansas and Xavier, they're obviously really unsafe.

"I've had some, I'd say, OK memories here", Kellogg said.

LIKE FATHER: Radford coach Mike Jones has two rooting interests in the tournament.

American (26-6) won the Patriot League and reeled off 17 straight wins this season. Bucknell plays Michigan State in Detroit on Friday.