Winter Storm Nemo affected just one Big 4 team’s weekend plans and it was a mild adjustment at that. The St. Bonaventure men were scheduled to play Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I., at 2 p.m. today. Driving bans and weather conditions forced officials there to push the game time back to 7 p.m.
Once they hit the floor, the Bonnies will be looking to maintain their winning ways over the Rams. St. Bonaventure has won the last three meetings with Rhode Island (6-15 overall, 1-7 Atlantic 10).
Bona (10-11, 3-5 A-10) is coming off a 77-58 loss at No. 14 Butler.
Demitrius Conger is the only player in the A-10 to lead his team in points (14.3), rebounds (6.8) and assists (2.7).
Back in Western New York, three local teams will be in action, starting with the University at Buffalo men hosting Northern Illinois (5-16, 3-6 Mid-American Conference) in a 1 p.m. tipoff at Alumni Arena.
The Bulls have played four of their last five games on the road. On a two-game losing skid, Buffalo is coming off a 65-46 loss at Eastern Michigan.
Tony Watson has made 11 three-pointers over the last four games for the Bulls (8-15, 3-6 MAC) while Javon McCrea has seven double-doubles on the season for UB.
In Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women’s action, Niagara looks to stay in the top third of the standings when it hosts Saint Peter’s (2-20, 2-9 MAAC) at 4 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.
The Purple Eagles are coming off a 58-47 win over Loyola. With a 6-5 conference mark, Niagara is tied with Iona and Rider for third place.
In the last two wins, Lauren Gatto has averaged 19 points and 10.5 rebounds. Meanwhile, Kayla Stroman is seven points away from hitting 900 points for her career.
At halftime, Niagara will honor the 1978-79 Purple Eagles team, which finished third in the AIAW national tournament.
Canisius is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 74-65 loss to Saint Peter’s when it hosts Loyola (9-13, 4-7 MAAC) at 1 p.m. in the Koessler Center. The Golden Griffins (8-14, 5-6 MAAC) are on a four-game losing streak.
The game will be the annual Play4Kay game at Canisius. The initiative, sponsored by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association of America, honors former North Carolina State coach and Naismith Hall of Famer Kay Yow and raises money for women’s cancer research.