The Ballin’ Bonnies Move Forward!
Jaylen Adams looks surprised in the picture...like he can't believe it. Well BALLIN' BONNIES BELIEF is alive and well as The St. Bonaventure Bonnies advance after posting a nail biting Comeback Victory over UCLA.
St. Bonaventure, posted a team-record winning their 26th game on Tuesday at the University of Dayton Arena. Courtney Stockard, a Junior, led the team with 26 points,Jaylen Adams, a Senior,had a rough game scoring wise but was able to score eight points before the game came to a close.
St. Bonaventure Head Coach Mark Schmidt remembered a prior NCAA Tournament bid in 1970 when the Bonnies were headed towards a very possible National Title run which was thwarted by an injury to the Legendary Bob Lanier. Schmidt dedicated yesterday's Bonnies' win to that 1970 team, making them a part of this fabulous Bonnies' Victory and fourth NCAA Tournament visit since that 1970 team did it 48 years ago.
Head Coach mark Schmidt said this:
"When I got the job here 11 years ago, we hear the stories about 1970 and how disappointing it was that Lanier got hurt and they didn't have a chance to have a full team going to play Jacksonville," Schmidt said. "And everybody talks about if Lanier was healthy, they would have taken on UCLA. This victory is for those guys. They didn't get an opportunity to show their talent."
"That was the greatest [St. Bonaventure] team that's ever played," Schmidt said. "I talked to the team about it. Because I think that's really important -- legacies and tradition. For our guys to be able to go out and play a great UCLA team and beat them, to me, hopefully that helps the disappointment back in 1970."
Well while the St. Bonaventure Bonnies are headed to 'The Dance', the UB Bulls have their hands full versus 4th Ranked, Top Seeded and favored Arizona. Here are how the 'so-called experts' are seeing things shape up in this year's March Madness Tourney.