Bonaventure beats UCLA in First Four matchup


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The Bruins ended the season 24-7, 14-4, so it was not a question of whether they were making the tournament, but where they would be placed.

How they make a run: Adams takes his game to another level as he cements his status as one of the most risky guards in the nation, and Mobley plays a ideal second fiddle as St. Bonaventure makes the Sweet 16.

UCLA finished with an RPI of 36, which helped the Bruins make the field.

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

Kris Wilkes had never watched an NCAA selection show before - until Sunday. "Yeah", Alford said. "But we don't control that".

The Bonnies have lost their only two games against UCLA, in 1973 and '74 but say they are emboldened by facing a school that has produced National Basketball Association greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton, among many others.

But at least they'd made it after a challenging November and early December. The college basketball odds for the game have the Bruins favored to pick up the win. Freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were suspended for the season for shoplifting during a trip to China in November. "So, I feel like it's an advantage and we're going to (make) the most of it". "Now they get a chance to play in the NCAA tournament".

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.

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The victor of the St. Bonaventure vs UCLA game will take on No 6 Florida at 9:55pm ET on Thursday, March 15.

The Bruins (21-11) will face No. 11-seed St. Bonaventure (25-7) in a First Four matchup in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday (6:10 PST). The Bonnies haven't won an NCAA Tournament game since 1970.

The Bruins lost three of their last five games, but gave red-hot Arizona all it could handle before losing in overtime at the Pac-12 semifinals.

This season proved to be fruitful for the Eagles: senior guard Emily Kinneston was named both PL Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year and head coach Megan Gebbia was named PL Coach of the Year. 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.

FAMILIAR ARENA PART 2: LIU Brooklyn coach Derek Kellogg was sacked by MA last season after losing to St. Bonaventure in the A-10 tournament.

LIKE FATHER: Radford coach Mike Jones has two rooting interests in the tournament.

American (26-6) won the Patriot League and reeled off 17 straight wins this season. Bucknell plays Michigan State in Detroit on Friday. He led the Pac-12 with 20.3 points per game and has been especially hot lately.

The first of these play-in games features UCLA vs. St. Bonaventure. They are led by the veteran backcourt of Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley. The Bruins first beat Stanford in the 4/5 game.