St. Bonaventure will now face Florida on Thursday, March 15, in the Round of 64. The Bruins took Arizona to overtime in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament, only to get outscored 11-0 by the Wildcats in the extra period. With a 25-7 (14-4) record on the season, St. Bonaventure deserved better than a play-in game. The Bruins and Bonnies are the late game Tuesday in Dayton. The Bonnies qualify because they have one of the best backcourts in the country with seniors Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley. Adams has been sensational this season since returning from an injury that sidelined him for most of nonconference play, dropping 40-plus point outings in back-to-back games earlier this season. He also added 5.4 assists per game as well.
The Bonnies have a slight bit of tournament history.
St. Bonaventure University was founded in 1858 as the nation's first Franciscan university. The Bruins lost to top seed Arizona in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals, but a confident coach Steve Alford didn't think the team would have trouble making it into the tournament. In each year of the First Four, at least one team has won a first-round game.
The First Four has been held annually in connection with the expansion of the tournament field from 65. UCLA is led by the high scoring Aaron Holiday, who scored more than 20 per game. "Now they get a chance to play in the NCAA tournament".
Courtney Stockard, who was was injured in the A-10 Tournament, will be a game-time decision.
Before jumping into their matchup with the Bruins, though, I want to mention how much of a shame it is that the Bonnies are being forced to play in the First Four.
A year ago the Bruins were enjoying the passing of Lonzo Ball and looking forward to the next Ball freshman joining the team for this season.
The Bruins are going to win this game. While UCLA has talent elsewhere, Holiday is their engine, their lynchpin.
The Bonnies have lost their only two games against UCLA, in 1973 and '74 but say they are emboldened by facing a school that has produced National Basketball Association greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton, among many others.
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