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D.J. Mitchell is a hockey guy. He's a Sabres fan. His Twitter bio indicates that he hosts a fantasy hockey podcast. At Sunday's St. Bonaventure commencement ceremony, he showed his love – and high hopes for the Sabres having the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft – by wearing a Sabres shirt under his gown and decorating his mortarboard. The numbers are the combination th…

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Through the First Four, teams from New York state are 2-0 against teams from the Pac-12. The Pac-12 has one more team remaining – Arizona – and the Wildcats face the University at Buffalo on Thursday night in Boise, Idaho. First, St. Bonaventure beat UCLA, 65-58 on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio. Then, Syracuse beat Bobby Hurley-coached Arizona State, 60-56, on Wednesday in…

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Call it March Scheduling Madness. The odds of two Western New York college basketball teams qualifying for the NCAA men's tournament have been pretty long over the past half century. The University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure qualified this March for the field of 68 to give the region two teams in the tournament for the first time since 1970 when Bona and Niagara …

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No. 11 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 6 Florida Tipoff: Approx. 9:57 p.m. Thursday, American Airlines Center, Dallas. TV: TruTV. Announcers: Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Len Elmore, Ros Gold-Onwude. St. Bonaventure is on to the first round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating UCLA in Dayton, Ohio, for the program's first tourney win since 1970. The Bonnies earned a dat…

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Here is what St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt and stars Jaylen Adams and Courtney Stockard said after the Bonnies' NCAA Tournament First Four victory against UCLA: COACH SCHMIDT: What a game. You know we've got great tradition at Bonaventure. We heard all week -- and when I got the job here 11 years ago, we hear the stories about 1970 and how disappointing it was that…

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St. Bonaventure is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012. The path hasn't been easy. And with Tuesday night's First Four game against UCLA, the path was not easy for a bus of students hoping to get to Dayton before the 9:10 tipoff. According to the Twitter feed of the student managers, a bus with Bona students got a flat tire at around 5:45 p.m. The bu…

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St. Bonaventure conducted a news conference Monday in Dayton, Ohio, in advance of its First Four game Tuesday (9:10 p.m., TruTV) against UCLA. Here are comments from coach Mark Schmidt and players Jaylen Adams, Matt Mobley and Idris Taqqee. Q. Jaylen, as a senior I know this is your first time here, but you do bring a wealth of veteran leadership. How do you kind of tak…

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St. Bonaventure small forward Courtney Stockard will be a "game-time decision" for Tuesday's NCAA Tournament First Four game against UCLA, coach Mark Schmidt said Monday. Stockard suffered a hamstring injury in the Bonnies' Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinal victory against Richmond, which forced him to miss the semifinal loss to Davidson. "Hopefully he'll be out th…

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St. Bonaventure men's basketball is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 after earning its first at-large bid since 2000. The Bonnies will play UCLA (21-11) at approximately 9:10 p.m. in the First Four of the NCAA Tournament in Dayton on Tuesday. The game is on TruTV. The winner will be the No. 11 seed in the East Region and will face No. 6 Flori…

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St. Bonaventure beat Saint Louis 64-56 on Saturday night to finish the regular season on a 12-game winning streak and clinch the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Bonnies (24-6 overall and 14-4 in the A-10) earned the double bye, meaning they won't play until Friday's quarterfinals. St. Bonaventure will play at 6 p.m. at the Capital One Arena in Washingto…

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ALLEGANY – For more than a half-century and 665 games in all, St. Bonaventure has played in the jewel known as the Reilly Center and treated legions of fans to many a great moment. It would be nearly impossible to draw a definitive conclusion and identify one game as better than the others. People of a certain age would argue it was the matchup in which Bob Lanier led S…

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ALLEGANY – St. Bonaventure pulled off its biggest win of the year Friday and breathed new life into its NCAA Tournament hopes. The Bonnies upset 16th-ranked Rhode Island, 77-74, snapping the Rams' 16-game winning streak, which was tied for longest in the nation. The win was a huge resume-booster for the Bonnies, and one they probably had to have if they don't earn an…

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ALLEGANY – St. Bonaventure pulled off its biggest win of the year Friday and jacked up its expectations even higher for the final month of the college basketball season. The Bonnies upset 16th-ranked Rhode Island, 77-74, for their eighth straight victory. The result snapped Rhode Island's 16-game win streak, tied for longest in the nation, and it was the Rams' first con…

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St. Bonaventure plays host to 16th-ranked Rhode Island at 7 p.m. Friday in what shapes up as one of the most anticipated home games in the history of the Reilly Center. Rhode Island has won 16 straight games and stands atop the Atlantic 10 Conference at 13-0. Bona has won seven straight and stands tied for second with Davidson at 9-4. The game is sold out. A win woul…

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ALLEGANY – Matt McCall is a rookie coach in the Atlantic 10, so he hasn't even taken his first lap around the track with the University of Massachusetts. He was well aware that St. Bonaventure beat Syracuse last weekend. He watched Bona beat Maryland and take apart other teams. McCall studied up on Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley, who make up one of the better backcourt co…