The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team will be in the national spotlight today against a nationally ranked opponent.
The Bonnies (11-4 overall, 1-0 Atlantic 10) travel to Amherst, Mass., for a 12:30 p.m. tip (95.7 FM) against Massachusetts, the No. 19 team in the country in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. The game will air on NBC Sports Network.
Bona, which is riding a season-high four-game winning streak, will be looking to give coach Mark Schmidt his 100th career win with the program. Schmidt is an even 99-99 during his seven seasons in Olean.
A victory would also end a long streak for the Bonnies, who have lost 22 consecutive games to ranked opponents. St. Bonaventure hasn’t beaten a ranked team since Jan. 15, 2000 – a 57-56 win over No. 20 Temple.
UMass (13-1, 1-0) is led by senior guard Chaz Williams. He leads the Minutemen in scoring (15.9 ppg), assists (104) and three-point shooting (.439).
Elsewhere in the Big 4, Eastern Michigan visits the University at Buffalo in a Mid-American Conference game at 2 p.m. in Alumni Arena (1270 AM). The Bulls (7-4, 1-0 MAC) have been doing it with defense lately. They will attempt today to hold an opponent to fewer than 60 points for the fourth straight game – which would be the longest such streak since the 2008-09 season.
The Eagles (9-5, 1-0) are similarly defensive-minded, holding opponents to an average of 65 points per game with a strong 2-3 zone.
On the women’s side, Niagara picked up its second Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win of the season Friday, 76-72, over Siena at the Times Union Center in Albany.
The Purple Eagles (4-10, 2-3) were led by a career-high 29 points from junior guard Meghan McGuinness, who shot 7 of 11 from three-point range.
Niagara went 8 of 10 from the foul line in the final 37 seconds to seal the win.
In other MAAC action, Canisius (5-10, 1-5) fell, 64-56, to Monmouth in West Long Branch, N.J. Junior Kayla Hoohuli led the Golden Griffins with 18 points, while freshman Lauren D’Hont added a career-high 13 in 24 minutes off the bench. The Griffs, however, couldn’t overcome 19 turnovers.
The Hawks (3-13, 2-3) started fast with an 8-0 lead and shot 50 percent from three-point range. Jasmine Walker led Monmouth with 14 points and nine rebounds.
The St. Bonaventure women’s team resumes play in the Atlantic 10 today at Dayton. Tip is set for 5 p.m. The Bonnies (12-5, 1-1) have already surpassed last season’s win total of 10.