Bonaventure gets NCAA Tourney at large bid

Sergio Conner
March 13, 2018

UCLA IN DAYTON?: Coach Steve Alford, who has led the Bruins to the tournament for the fourth time in five seasons, said he was surprised they were picked last and were sent to Dayton.

Wilkes had to sit through TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech before learning his team had punched a ticket to the NCAA Tournament. St. Bonaventure comes into the game with a 25-7 record, coming off a loss in the Atlantic 10 tournament to Davidson. LIU Brooklyn (18-16) opens against Radford (22-12) in a matchup of No. 16 seeds that have never won an NCAA Tournament game.

When you are betting on this first four game in the NCAA Tournament, look at the line.

Before the field of 64 games get underway, we have the First Four.

But at least they'd made it after a challenging November and early December.

The Bruins are going to win this game. Freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were suspended for the season for shoplifting during a trip to China in November.

UCLA has a very talented club, four of their starters average double digits per game.

The Bruins weren't alone in dealing with off-court issues.

It's pretty simplistic to say that if the Bruins rebound they will win. Arizona's Sean Miller missed one game and three practices after ESPN reported he discussed a $100,000 payment to star Deandre Ayton, which the coach has denied.

UCLA averages 81.9 points per game, good for second in the Pac-12 and 28th in the country in scoring offense.

Apple Announces WWDC 2018 Scheduled for June 4-8 in San Jose
Still, last year's show not only included a preview of the HomePod speaker but also the unveiling of the iMac Pro. As with previous years, Apple is relying on a lottery system to address demand for tickets.

Bus Carrying Texas Students Plunges Into Alabama Ravine, 1 Dead
She had pain in her legs and bruising but was otherwise unscathed, and taken to a hospital for evaluation, he said. He also said officials from the National Transportation Safety Board were on their way to the crash scene.

Notre Dame expresses disappointment in NCAA Tournament snub
Only three of the teams in the 2018 field appeared in the NIT in 2017. "Obviously, it sucks", senior guard Matt Farrell said. The victor of the Notre Dame - Hampton game will face the victor of No. 4 Penn State vs.

The doubleheader tips off with two 16 seeds squaring off for the right to play top-seed Villanova in the East Region Thursday.

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is set to begin tonight with the First Four at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

The Bruins rank 29th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while the Bonnies rank 179th (3.8).

Goloman is third on the team in rebounding at 4.3 boards per game, but his true value lies from beyond the arc. Tuesday's victor will play sixth-seeded Florida in an East Region first-round game Thursday in Dallas.

The nightcap features UCLA against St. Bonaventure.

The Bruins have won eight of their past 12 games.

FAMILIAR ARENA: St. Bonaventure played at UD Arena on January 3 and lost 82-72. Combined with Holiday and Goloman, the Bruins shouldn't be overwhelmed by the moment, even if they had to fly to southwestern OH to face an unfamiliar opponent in an unfamiliar arena.

"This would be the first time that we won't get booed", Schmidt said.

But one step at a time.

The Bruins have a long standing history of success in the NCAA Tournament. The Sun Devils really fell apart in Pac-12 play, but if they can get back to an early-season form that saw them beat both Kansas and Xavier, they're obviously really risky. "And this is such a tough place to come in and play". Bucknell plays Michigan State in Detroit on Friday. He sat for a minute in his only noncomplete game.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article