ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure men's basketball has added another intriguing non-conference matchup to its 2021-22 schedule with the addition of Northern Iowa to the Reilly Center slate this fall.
The Bonnies and Panthers have entered into a home-and-home series agreement over the next two seasons with St. Bonaventure playing host Saturday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. Northern Iowa will welcome the Bonnies to the Midwest on a to-be-determined date during the 2022-23 season. Broadcast and ticket information will be released at a later date.
The series figures to be one of the more interesting mid-major matchups both this season and next as the reigning Atlantic 10 champions take on one of the traditional powers of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Northern Iowa has averaged 20 wins per season under head coach Ben Jacobson, who has led the Panthers for the past 15 seasons. During that time, UNI has reached the NCAA Tournament four times including four victories in the Big Dance. The Panthers are expected to be one of The Valley's top teams again this coming season, returning the majority of their roster from last year, including the 2020 MVC Player of the Year AJ Green who missed all but three games last year due to injury as the Panthers finished 10-15 overall. UNI finished last season on a three-game winning streak prior to their conference quarterfinal game being canceled due to virus concerns. Northern Iowa won 25 games during the 2019-20 campaign.
St. Bonaventure has played Northern Iowa twice previously, winning both matchups of a home-and-home series during the 1992-93 and '93-94 seasons.
SBU continues to bolster its non-conference schedule after already announcing a trip to the Charleston Classic Nov. 18-21 and a neutral site date vs. Virginia Tech in Charlotte Dec. 17.
Bona's entire starting lineup from last year's Atlantic 10 Championship squad is set to return. Point guard Kyle Lofton (14.4 ppg, 5.5 apg) is back after consecutive seasons of being named First Team All-Atlantic 10. Osun Osunniyi (10.7 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.8 bpg) earned A-10 Defensive Player of the Year and Tournament MVP honors while Jaren Holmes (13.8 ppg, 5.3) also received All-Conference recognition last year. Fellow seniors Dominick Welch (11.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Jalen Adaway (12.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg) complete one of the most talented returning lineups in the nation. The starting five is bolstered by an exciting recruiting class including ACC transfers Abdoul Karim Coulibaly, a power forward who started 20 of 22 games at Pitt last year, and former Wake Forest guard Quadry Adams. Junior college All-American Linton Brown adds another scoring threat after shooting over 48 percent from long distance last year while junior college center transfer Oluwasegun Durosinmi was one of the nation's top shot blockers last season. Freshman guards Joryam Saizonou and Justin Ndjock-Tadjore further bolster Bona's depth.
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