Bonaventure Basketball: Keys for the Bonnies against UCLA

Credits Sean Lynch

Credits Sean Lynch

Junior guard Aaron Holiday had 20 points and seven assists before fouling out for UCLA (21-12).

A jumper by redshirt sophomore forward Alex Olesinski grew the lead to 5 - but St. Bonaventure didn't stay quiet.

The Bruins were among the last four teams to receive one of the 36 at- large berths to the 68-team tournament. The Sooners may have deserved to get into the Big Dance based on their sensational play during the non-conference schedule but they did not deserve a better placement than the Bonnies.

Should the Bonnies win, they will advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament in Dallas to face Florida.

"It did surprise me that we were (among) the last four in", UCLA coach Steve Alford told reporters Sunday at Pauley Pavilion after the tournament brackets were revealed. Both are looking for their first NCAA Tournament victories.

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The Bruins lost three of their last five games, but gave red-hot Arizona all it could handle before losing in overtime at the Pac-12 semifinals. "Now they get a chance to play in the NCAA tournament". Wojnarowski and his wife, Amy, a fellow St. Bonaventure alumnus, donated $10,000 to fund student travel and ticket costs for the school's first NCAA tournament appearance since 2012.

UCLA's junior guard Aaron Holiday averages a Pac 12-best 20.3 points, 5.8 assists and drains 43.3 percent from 3-point range, while the senior duo of Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley for the Bonnies combined to score nearly 40 per contest and have connected on 177 tries behind the arc between them. The Bruins first beat Stanford in the 4/5 game. "I think one of the advantages, if we have an advantage, is that we played here a number of times". After all, the Bruins have been to 18 Final Fours. The college basketball odds for the game have the Bruins favored to pick up the win.

Louisville vacated its 2013 national title in response to a sex scandal that led to Rick Pitino's ouster. UCLA has a little more experience, and a little more talent. The 1970 team played 28 games, four less than this edition has. The Big South champion Highlanders are making their third tournament appearance and first since 2009. Similarly to St. Bonaventure, Bruins games also tend to go over the total (58.1 percent).

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