St. Bonaventure meets league newcomer and No. 14-ranked Butler for the first time at 7 p.m. today at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis (TWCSC).
The Bonnies, who started Atlantic 10 play 0-3 but have won three of their last four, will try to even their conference record at .500 and pick up their third conference road victory of the year. St. Bonaventure (10-10, 3-4) is also looking to start the month of February with consecutive wins for the first time since the 1998-99 season.
Guard Matthew Wright, who suffered a left foot injury against Saint Louis on Jan. 26, is probable against Butler after missing St. Bonaventure’s last game against Duquesne on Saturday. The junior was the main catalyst behind Bona’s two road wins against Temple and Saint Joseph’s as he scored a game- and career-high 22 points against the Owls and 18 against the Hawks. If he can’t go against the Bulldogs, Jordan Gathers, who scored a career-high 13 points against Duquesne, will start.
The Bulldogs, who are 11-0 in Hinkle Fieldhouse this season, have won at least 10 home games in 18 consecutive seasons. Butler is 223-32 at home over that stretch, including three unbeaten home records. Butler’s current seniors are 51-8 in Hinkle, and the team is 80-11 under coach Brad Stevens.
Elsewhere, the University at Buffalo plays at 7 p.m. at Mid-American Conference West Division rival Eastern Michigan.
The Bulls (8-14, 3-5 MAC) lost at Western Michigan, 71-60, on Saturday. Javon McCrea posted his seventh double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior guard Tony Watson seems to be snapping out of a shooting funk. Watson has made 9 of 16 three-pointers over the last three games after making just 5 of 29 over the first five MAC games.
Eastern Michigan (10-11, 3-4), coming off a 77-62 loss at Kent State, is led by Derek Thompson, who is averaging 11.5 points per game.