ST. BONAVENTURE vs. RUTGERS
Saturday, Nov. 16 - 7:30 p.m.
ScotiaBank Arena - Toronto, Ontario
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The Bonnies head north of the border for a meeting with Rutgers in Toronto as part of the James Naismith Classic on Saturday. It's been a decade since St. Bonaventure and Rutgers have faced off, but it will mark the 40th meeting all-time between the former Atlantic 10 foes.
JAMES NAISMITH BASKETBALL CLASSIC
The Bonnies will play in the finale of a tripleheader Saturday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, home of the defending NBA champion Raptors. St. Bonaventure faces off against Rutgers at 7:30 p.m. in the nightcap of a full day of action: Buffalo vs. Harvard kicks things off at 2:30 before Tennessee takes on Washington at 5:00 p.m.
Named for Dr. James Naismith, known as the inventor of the game of basketball, was born in Almonte, Ontario on Nov. 6, 1861, and thus his Ontario roots are the reason the classic bearing his name takes place in Toronto. He went on to become a physical education teacher, chaplain, author, and physician, and founder of the University of Kansas basketball program. He wrote the original rules of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame stands today.
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PRE-GAME TORONTO GATHERINGS
There will be a St. Bonaventure fan gathering Friday night and another prior to the game on Saturday.
Friday beginning at 7 p.m. at The Friar: A Firkin Pub- 160 John St, Toronto and Saturday at 3 p.m. inside Bier Markt - 58 The Esplanade, Toronto.
Former Atlantic 10 rivals, this will be the 40th meeting all-time between St. Bonaventure and Rutgers – but the first in over a decade and just the second since the Scarlet Knights left the league in 1995. In the last meeting, St. Bonaventure scored an overtime road win, 64-63, on Nov. 23, 2008. In all, Rutgers owns a 21-18 edge in the series.
Perhaps the most famous meeting came in 1977 when the Bonnies needed a buzzer beater from Glenn Hagan to score a 79-77 win in overtime as part of the first round of the NIT. The Bonnies, of course, would go on to win the NIT championship after the thriller over Rutgers in Princeton, just 20 miles away from the RU campus. That win avenged a loss the year before, 85-80, when Rutgers sealed a perfect 26-0 record.
- Rutgers was picked to finish 12th in the Big Ten Conference in a preseason poll of 28 members of the media.
- The Scarlet Knights have started the season with a 3-0 record, handing losses to Bryant (73-71), Niagara (86-39), and Drexel (62-56), all at home. Junior guard Geo Baker leads the team in scoring for the Rutgers, averaging 14 points per game so far.
- The Scarlet Knights matched their conference win total of the last three years (7) combined in 2018–19, finishing with an overall record of 14-17 and 7-13 in conference play.
- Rutgers was named the Most Improved Team of the 2018-19 season by Sports Illustrated in its year-end wards. The Scarlet Knights improved 70 positions in the KenPom.com rankings since the season's initial rating, best among all power conference programs.
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