St. Bonaventure Bonnies Basketball Schedule
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies enjoy an incredibly long and storied Men's
Basketball Program, which began in 1902. This small Catholic university in New York State has enjoyed recent success also,
always making the Atlantic 10 Conference competitive. This season the Bonnies find themselves in the middle of the pack in
the A-10 and probably looking at an NIT berth rather than the coveted NCAA Tournament invitation, but they have four more
regular season games, two of them at home, that could boost their tournament resume along with the A-10 Tournament. Be sure
to head out and support the Bonnies in their final two home games.
On February 22nd Rhode Island comes to the Reilly
Center in a must win game for the Bonnies. Rhode Island sits near the bottom of the A-10 standings and if St. Bonaventure
hopes to have any chance at a Tournament bid they can't afford a bad loss at home late in the season. The final home game
of the season occurs on March 1st when St. Joe's comes to town. St. Joe's is currently tied for second in the A-10 and a win
against a team that is Tournament bound could go a long way in convincing the Selection Committee that the Bonnies belong
in the Field of 68.
Named one of the five toughest places to play in NCAA Basketball by
ESPN Analyst and former Duke player Jay Bilas, Reilly Center in St. Bonaventure, New York has been the home of the Bonnies
since 1966. The rowdy crowd that fills the Reilly Center to the rafters game after game, gives the Bonnies one of the strongest
home court advantages anywhere. The gym-like feel keeps students as close to the court as possible, making the crowd noise
deafening for visiting teams. This multi-purpose arena is the center of the region's attention during basketball season, and
the Bonnies team always feels the spirit and support of the community at every home game. Basketball fans should definitely
come and experience an atmosphere where fans stand and cheer from buzzer to buzzer. You will not soon forget this incredible
atmosphere waiting for you at the Reilly Center.
Since the Bonnies made an appearance in the
Tournament in 2013, making it to the second round, they have struggled to replace their star Andrew Nicholson, who now roams
the courts of the NBA. The Bonnies have had some struggles in the tough A-10, but could finish the season with a winning conference
record and will definitely be playing in March whether it is in the NCAA Tournament or the NIT. Fans are thrilled that 7 foot
junior center Youssou Ndoye is back holding down the front court for the Bonnies, where he is leading the team in rebounding
and blocks. Also pacing the Bonnies is Matthew Wright, the senior point guard from Toronto who is leading the team i scoring
and second in assists. If the Bonnies can win out the regular season and make some noise in the A-10 Tournament, they could
find themselves on the bubble come Selection Sunday.
Who is the Reilly Center, home of
the Bonnies, named after?
The arena is names after Carroll "Mike" Reilly, a famed St Bonaventure student athlete who
became both the men's football and basketball coach at the university and later holding the post of Athletic Director.
St. Bonaventure Bonnies Basketball History
For a small school in Western New York State, the St. Bonaventure
Bonnies sure have a storied Men's Basketball program! The program began in 1902, when the team was known as the St. Bonaventure
Brown Indians and played in the Butler Gym. The program enjoyed a period of great success under Coach Edward Donovan, which
included the Bonnie's first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1961, which would be Coach Donovan's last year at the helm. Under
their new coach Larry Weise, the Bonnie's wouldn't have to wait too long for their next trip the the Big Dance, making the
tournament again in 1968. The Bonnies would have their best season in 1970 when the team made it all the way to the program's
only Final Four appearance. The Bonnies current coach Mark Schmidt is reviving the basketball program and Bonnies fans couldn't
be happier with the direction the team is heading.
In St. Bonaventure, New York, the Bonnies
Men's Basketball team plays for much more than just the 2,000 students who grace this beautiful campus. The Bonnies play for
the community of St. Bonaventure of much of the region of Western New York, who live and die with each basketball game and
pack Reilly Center for every home game. Bonnies fans bleed brown and white and just one trip to Reilly Center will show you
why ESPN considers the arena one of the"Top 5 Hostile Homes" in NCAA Men's Basketball. The atmosphere is electric, as fans
hang on every play, cheering their hearts out for the hometown team. Experiencing a game at Reilly Center will remind you
why year in and year out St. Bonaventure is always a threat in the Atlantic 10 Conference.