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A-10 slate has Bona in national spotlight four times


The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team will play four conference games on national television and will play two more Atlantic 10 games this season (18 instead of 16) than last, which means the Bonnies will play some conference opponents twice while facing others just once.

Bona plays eight of its nine conference home games at Reilly Center. It’s first home conference game is Jan. 8 against Dayton at 7 p.m. The game against the Flyers, which made the Elite Eight last March, will be shown on CBS Sports Network.

Bona’s other national TV games are Jan. 18 against visiting Saint Joseph’s (NBCSN), Feb. 14 at Dayton (NBCSN) and Feb. 21 at Saint Joseph’s (SNY).

The Bonnies’ Jan. 14 tilt against George Mason will be played at 7 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.

Bona opens A-10 play Jan. 3 at UMass, a team it split two-regular season meetings with last year.

The Bonnies are coming off an 18-15 season, which included a 6-10 mark in conference play but with two wins over ranked teams (UMass and Saint Louis).

Bona opens the new season playing its first four games of the season at Reilly Center, beginning Nov. 15 against Dartmouth.

The team is expecting the return of seven players from last year, including 7-foot center Youssou Ndoye who ranked third on the team in scoring at 10.2 points per game and averaged a team-best 5.7 rebounds per game.

Schedule highlights:
Home opener: Nov. 15 – Dartmouth, 7 p.m.

Top non-conference challenges: Nov. 22 vs. Canisius; Dec. 3 vs. UB; Dec. 6 at Ohio; Dec. 13 at Pittsburgh

Atlantic 10 openers (home and away): Jan. 3 –at UMass; Jan. 8 – vs. Dayton

Atlantic 10 Tournament: March 11-15 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

About the reporter

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and covered the Bills from 1992 through 2014. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America.

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master's degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.