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Bona opens A-10 play today

Now it's time for St. Bonaventure's basketball teams to start their real seasons.

Both squads open Atlantic 10 conference play today with the men hosting Charlotte at 4 p.m., while the women will be on the road for a 2 p.m. start at Duquesne.

These are two of six games involving Big 4 teams today with all of the women's teams set for conference showdowns.

The Bona men bring an 8-5 mark into the contest against the 49ers (8-7, 0-1), a record that includes a win over a Big East school (St. John's) and two NCAA Tournament participants (Cornell and Ohio) last year.

Junior Andrew Nicholson averages a team-high 21.5 points per game and has been the top scorer for the Bonnies in eight of their 13 games. Ogo Adegboye averages 12.5 points and 4.1 assists per for Bona.

Charlotte dropped its conference opener Wednesday at Richmond, which snapped a four-game winning streak. The 49ers are 7-3 all time against the Bonnies but lost in their last trip to Olean two years ago. Derrio Green (13.2), Jamar Briscoe (12.3) and Chris Braswell (10.2) are Charlotte's top three scorers.

The Bona women (10-5) will have a tough test against a Duquesne (13-2) crew that received votes in this week's Top 25 poll. Bona was tabbed to finish eighth in the A-10 while the Dukes were picked to finish sixth.

Meanwhile, the UB men host Bowling Green (5-9) at 7 p.m. (Radio 1230 AM) to cap a Mid-American Conference doubleheader that starts with the Buffalo women's team squaring off against Kent State (10-3, 1-0) (5 p.m., Radio 1340 AM).

The first 500 fans at each game will receive limited-edition posters featuring 6-foot-10 Mitchell Watt and 5-4 Ashley Zuber.

The Niagara and Canisius women will hit the road for 2 p.m. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tests. NU (1-12, 0-2) looks to end a seven-losing streak when it faces Manhattan (8-5, 0-2). Canisius (5-8, 1-1) heads to Maryland to play Loyola (5-8, 2-0) fresh off Tuesday's four-point win at the Koessler Center over Saint Peter's.

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