NO. 1 ST. BONAVENTURE (13-4, 11-4) vs. NO. 9 DUQUESNE (9-8, 7-7)
Friday, March 5 - 11:00 a.m.
Richmond, Va. - Siegel Center
TV: NBC Sports Network
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Complete Game Notes (PDF) || Atlantic 10 Tournament Central
The winner of Friday's game advances to the semifinals on Saturday at 6 p.m. on CBSSN (Friday's game airs on NBCSN). The Bonnies will play ninth-seeded Duquesne after the Dukes defeated No. 8 Richmond on Thursday. St. Bonaventure swept a home-and-home series with Duquesne back in January, though both games were tightly contested in the continuation of a rivalry that has seen many hard-fought games in recent years.
- St. Bonaventure has clinched the outright Atlantic 10 regular season championship and the top seed in this week's Atlantic 10 Tournament.
- It is the first-ever outright Atlantic 10 regular season crown in program history. The Bonnies owned a three-way share of the title in 2016. The Bonnies also won the 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship.
- St. Bonaventure is in the midst of one of the best runs of success for any Atlantic 10 program. Last week, the Bonnies clinched their seventh consecutive season of double-digit conference wins, the most for any A-10 program. Since the 2011-12 campaign, the Bonnies won the league title in '12, a regular season crown in '16, reached the A-10 Championship Game in '19, scored an NCAA Tournament win in 2018 over blue blood UCLA and averaged 19 wins per season. Bona's 83 wins in A-10 games since '14-15 also are second-best among all A-10 programs.
- The Bonnies have built an impressive NCAA Tournament resume. Despite having every game on their schedule since Jan. 13 altered in some way by postponements, cancellations or other schedule changes, the Bonnies have scored five wins over teams in the top 110 in the NCAA NET while ranking an A-10 best No. 32 themselves in the NET rankings. The Bonnies have no bad losses – two of their setbacks have come on the road against Top 50 opponents (at No. 36 VCU by three points and at No. 42 Saint Louis) and a third, at No. 105 Rhode Island came with second-leading scorer Jaren Holmes sidelined due to injury.