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Bonnies Take Top Seed Into Atlantic 10 Tournament

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
Online Coverage: Live Stats | Live Video | Live Audio
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.
TRENDING NUMBERS 
0 – Jaren Holmes had just his second scoreless game of the season in the regular season finale. The other game came Dec. 30 at Rhode Island when he was limited to 90 seconds of action due to back spasms.
1 – St. Bonaventure leads the Atlantic 10 and ranks eighth in the nation in scoring defense by allowing just 60.6 points per game.
1 – St. Bonaventure is the top-ranked Atlantic 10 team in the latest NCAA NET rankings entering A-10 Tournament play.
2 – Among all Atlantic 10 guards, Dominick Welch ranks second in the league on the glass with 6.4 rebounds/game.
6 – St. Bonaventure had six COVID-related cancellations during non-conference play. Due to a team pause on Nov. 19, the Bonnies went from being slated to having the very first Division I game of the season Nov. 25 at 9 a.m. in Bubbleville vs. Towson to being one of the last teams in the nation to play their first game Dec. 15 vs. Akron.
7 – Osun Osunniyi matched his career-high with seven blocks in the regular season finale vs. Dayton March 1. The seven blocks are also the most by any Atlantic 10 player in a single game this year. He leads the conference at 2.6 blocks per game and is third in the league in total blocks behind AJ Wilson of Mason (45) and Hason Ward of VCU (53) who have played two and six more games respectively. 
15 – Jalen Adaway has scored in double figures 10 times this year, including six out of the past seven. During the last seven-game stretch, he is leading the team in scoring by averaging nearly 15 ppg (14.7). 
15 – Osun Osunniyi pulled down 15 rebounds as part of a tremendous stat line of 10 points, 15 boards and 7 blocks vs. Dayton March 1. He has 15 rebounds in a game twice this year, one off the most by any A-10 player this season.
18 – Alejandro Vasquez had a season-high 18 points, the most by any Bonnies bench player this year, Feb. 26 vs. GW. It was his highest scoring output since a 20-point effort in a win over Rutgers last year. His five 3s vs. GW represent a career-best.
37 – Osun Osunniyi has 37 career games of three or more blocks.
40 – Kyle Lofton has played the full 40 minutes eight times this year, including in five of the last eight games. He has played 37 or more minutes in all but four games this year. He played a season-low 33 minutes vs. GW Feb. 26. Dominick Welch has played all 40 minutes five times this year and 
Jaren Holmes three times.
44% – Jaren Holmes leads the A-10 in 3-point percentage at nearly 44% for the year (35-80).
47 – St. Bonaventure's 47-point win over George Washington Feb. 26 represents the largest margin of victory for the Bonnies over an Atlantic 10 opponent in program history. 
59 – Bona's defense is limiting Atlantic 10 opponents to just over 59 points per game this season.
+140 – Despite being outsized in most of its games, the Bonnies are +140 in points in the paint this year, using a philosophy of driving the lane as a substitute for post players. The Bonnies have been outscored in the paint just three times this year: at SLU on Feb. 6 when the Billikens owned a 20-18 edge in the painted area, at Davidson on Feb. 24 (24-18), vs. Dayton March 1 (24-20). 
 
IN GOOD COMPANY
St. Bonaventure is the 2020-21 Atlantic 10 regular season champion. That bodes well for Bona's NCAA Tournament hopes: Since 2004-05, no team that has won the Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championship outright has missed out on the NCAA Tournament and it has not happened since the league was split into divisions.
 
A-10 TOURNEY SUCCESS
St. Bonaventure reached the 2019 Atlantic 10 Championship Game and is 11-9 in A-10 Tournament play under head coach Mark Schmidt. The Bonnies have reached at least the quarterfinals each of the last six seasons the tournament has been completed. SBU has won at least one game in the tournament in each of the past three tournaments (SBU did not play last year prior to the tournament's cancellation) and in seven of the 10 seasons they have qualified under Coach Schmidt. Schmidt's teams have been to the semifinals four times and the title game twice.
 
POSTSEASON RESUME
St. Bonaventure is 9-4 against Quadrant 1-3 opponents this season, including 4-3 against Quadrant 1&2 teams. Bona scored Quad 1 wins on the road at Richmond and Davidson and Quad 2 home victories over VCU and Davidson. 
   
PREVIOUS MEETING
St. Bonaventure 65, Duquesne 61 (1/23/21)
The contest was all tied, 55-55, when Jalen Adaway decided to take things over. The redshirt junior, who was a game-time decision to even play due to strep throat, scored the next eight Bonnies points. It started with a traditional three-point play with 2:13 to play to break the tie. Then he followed with a defensive board, then work on the offensive glass followed by a dunk for a five-point edge.
 
SERIES HISTORY
There have been 126 meetings between the longtime A-10 rivals. St. Bonaventure leads the series, 66-60. Bona has won 10 of the last 12 vs. Duquesne dating to 2016, but 10 of those 12 games have been decided by seven or fewer points.
 
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