UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The first two pieces of the puzzle that is the St. Bonaventure men's basketball 2020-21 schedule are in place.
The Bonnies will open their altered non-conference slate with a trip to "Bubbleville," hosted at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut for games presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Gazelle Group.
Bubbleville will play host to numerous games from Nov. 25 through Dec. 5 with the Bonnies in a pod also including Towson and Stephen F. Austin to kick off the schedule Thanksgiving week.
St. Bonaventure tips off the heavily anticipated season on Thanksgiving Eve against Towson, which finished last year 19-13 overall and 12-6 in Colonial Athletic Association play. The Tigers won 13 of their final 16 CAA games to finish the regular season with at least 18 wins for the fourth time in the past five years. Towson has also captured a top-three seed in the CAA Tournament in three of the last five seasons.
A Thanksgiving Day tilt awaits against Stephen F. Austin. Last season, the Lumberjacks finished 28-3 with a sparkling 19-1 mark in the Southland Conference. The Lumberjacks, who return four of their top five scorers from last year, captured the attention of the nation with an overtime victory at Duke last November and set the Southland record for conference wins in a season.
The Bonnies continue to work on the possibility of adding additional games in Mohegan Sun's Bubbleville, but no further dates are confirmed as of yet.
Final game schedule, game times and television broadcast details will be released at a later date.
Officially, the Bonnies are in "Pod Four" at Bubbleville. Other pods include Delaware, Siena, UMass, Buffalo, Iona and Vermont. In all, as many as 30 teams could call Bubbleville home in late November and early December.
Bubbleville will house several events relocated and reimagined due to COVID-19 and provides a controlled environment with teams and event staff adhering to tribal, government, and NCAA health and safety protocols and testing requirements. Previously announced events taking place in Bubbleville include Bubbleville Pod One, the Roman Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper, the 2K Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament and the Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Challenge.
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