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Pregame Prep: Bonnies aim for 6th straight vs. St. Louis


St. Louis at St. Bonaventure

7 p.m. Wednesday

TV: Time Warner Sports

Record: Bona 14-8, 6-4. St. Louis 8-15, 3-7.

The Set-Up: St. Louis ranks 340th out of 351 teams in the nation in scoring, averaging 61.7 points a game. The Billikens won only 11 games each of the previous two seasons, so they fired coach Jim Crews and replaced him with 47-year-old Travis Ford, the former Kentucky player who was head coach at Oklahoma State the last eight seasons. He was fired in March despite a 155-111 record with the Cowboys. This is a building year. St. Louis lost three backups to transfer in the switch of coaches. Ford brought in four transfers who are sitting out this year (from Michigan State, Rutgers, Central Florida and Boston College).

First meeting: Bona whipped St. Louis, 71-52, on Jan. 17. It was 46-15 at halftime. Bona held a 37-23 rebounding edge. The Bonnies have beaten St. Louis five straight.

Style: The Billikens' offense is led by 6-4 junior Davell Roby (11.2 ppg). St. Louis doesn't play fast. It ranks 321st in tempo. It's 10th in three-point attempts. It's 340th in two-point percentage (43.2). It ranks 332nd in offensive rebounding. Bona's defense has gotten progressively better. The Bonnies now stand fifth in the Atlantic 10 in points allowed and sixth in shooting percentage allowed. The Bonnies are third in turnover forced (15 a game).

National ranks: Jaylen Adams is 13th in the nation in scoring (21.5 ppg), ninth in assists (6.2) and 22nd in steals (2.2). Matt Mobley is 41st in the nation in scoring (19.9) and leads the nation in minutes played (38.7 a game).

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