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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio
The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team’s 76-67 win over Saint Louis, along with Dayton’s victory 68-67 over VCU, has earned the program its first-ever share of the Atlantic 10 regular season title.
SBU (22-7, 14-4 in A-10) shares the crown with VCU and Dayton. Due to tiebreakers, the Bonnies will be the third seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament next weekend in Brooklyn. Their first game will be on Friday, March 11 at 9 p.m. in the Barclays Center.
The team’s first round opponent is to be determined. The Bonnies will face the winner of the Thursday matchup between Davidson and the winner of Duquesne/La Salle.
Bona was picked by media members to finish eighth in the A-10 preseason poll. By those standards, coach Mark Schmidt’s team has been one of the conference’s biggest surprises. Senior Marcus Posley and sophomore Jaylen Adams have made up a formidable backcourt, both finishing the season in the top five in the league in scoring in conference games.
Not only did the Bonnies make program history tonight, they bolstered their chances at an NCAA Tournament bid as well. It’s getting harder and harder for the selection committee to pass on the brown and white, who have won 10 of their last 11 games. They were in bracketologist Joe Lunardi’s “Last Four In” at the start of the day.