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Stakes high tonight for St. Bonaventure vs. No. 16 Rhode Island

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 would revive Bona's hopes of an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament, that is if the Bonnies do not get the A-10's automatic berth by winning the conference post-season tournament.

Bona fanatics (which is to say all Bona alums) interested in comparing the magnitude of the game to past big RC games can refer to the column by the New York Post's Mike Vaccaro on the fan site The Bona Blog.

Records: Bona is 19-6, URI 21-3. The Rams' last loss was at Alabama on Dec. 6.

Ratings: Bona stands 41st in the NCAA's RPI ranking and 66th in the Pomeroy analytics, which factors margin of victory and generally is viewed as more accurate. URI is No. 5 in the RPI and 29th in Pomeroy.

Top Bona scorers: Jay Adams (20.5), Matt Mobley (18.5), Courtney Stockard (11.1)

Top URI scorers: Jared Terrell (17.5), E.C. Matthews (12.9). Matthews is listed as day to day with a sore knee.

Adams rankings: Bona's senior point guard is No. 37 in the nation in scoring and No. 2 in three-point percentage (50.8).

Key stat: Bona is 14th in the nation in three-point shooting. URI is 40th in the nation and first in the A-10 in three-point defense. Rhode Island's deep guard rotation will try to swarm Adams and Mobley on the perimeter.

First meeting: Rhode Island won, 87-73, on Jan. 13. Bona made just 5 of 15 three-pointers.

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