St. Bonaventure has made a strong case for an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament given its record and place in the Ratings Percentage Index. The Bonnies had more wins against Top 50 teams than nine programs expected to gain entry by invitation only, according to ESPN.
We’re talking about the Bona women, of course, who finished 12-4 record in Atlantic 10 play and 23-6 overall. The Bonnies, who were No. 30 in the RPI and were unbeaten at home this season, earned the fourth seed in A-10 Tournament. Their first game is Friday afternoon against Virginia Commonwealth in the quarterfinals.
St. Bonaventure is guaranteed a ticket to the NCAAs if it wins the A-10 tourney. It’s well within reach. Three wins down the stretch were against the top three seeds – George Washington, Saint Louis and Duquesne.
The Bonnies lost to VCU in Richmond early last month, and VCU is essentially playing a home game in the Richmond Coliseum. If the Bonnies reach the A-10 final, they belong in the Big Dance.