This game will close out a stretch of six straight games away from home for the Pride, who come in with a 6-3 record through their first nine contests. St. Bonaventure is hoping to continue its recent momentum after winning three straight to even up its record at 4-4 for the season. Can the Bonnies push their winning streak to four games with a victory at home over the Pride on Saturday afternoon?
Hofstra wins Boca Raton Beach ChampionshipHofstra knocked off Canisius 64-57 on Thursday in the Boca Raton Beach Championship Game behind 19 points from Desure Buie. Tareq Coburn finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Eli Pemberton added 16 points and nine boards for the Pride, who won their second straight game.
Joe Milhalich’s squad has raced its way to a 6-2 record and they come in at No. 120 in the latest KenPom rankings. The Pride have scored 106.0 points per 100 possessions for the season (58th in the NCAA) while turning the ball over on just 16.7 percent of their offensive possessions (58th in the NCAA). Hofstra has also capitalized on their trips to the charity stripe, where they have shot a healthy 80.4 percent as a team (9th in the NCAA) this season. They get to the free-throw line at a high-rate too (65th in the NCAA), which has helped keep them in games even when their shots haven’t been falling.
On defense, the Pride have allowed 103.0 points per 100 possessions (247th in the NCAA) for the season while limiting their opponents to just 30.2 percent shooting from 3-point range (85th in the NCAA).
Lofton helping Bonnies erase 0-3 startKyle Lofton had 14 points and six assists to lead the Bonnies to a 71-64 win over Florida Atlantic on Monday night for their first road victory of the season. Dominick Welch scored a team-high 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range while Bobby Planutis added 14 points in the win. St. Bonaventure erased an early 17-point deficit by shooting 8-for-14 from beyond the arc as a team to extend its current winning streak to three games.
WELCH 3. TIE GAME. pic.twitter.com/ukJoOwEk8L— Bonnies Men's Basketball (@BonniesMBB) December 3, 2019
Following an 0-3 start, Mark Schmidt has led the Bonnies back to the .500 mark (4-4) through eight contests and the Bonnies enter the weekend ranked No. 144 in the latest KenPom rankings. Lofton leads the team in points (13.3) and assists (5.3) per game, but he’s struggled with his outside shot, hitting just 17.9 percent of his attempts from long-range.
St. Bonaventure has scored just 98.9 points per 100 possessions for the season (193rd in the NCAA) while allowing 97.8 points per 100 possessions on the defensive end of the floor (125th in the NCAA). Easy baskets have been hard to come by for the Bonnies, which has limited their efficiency on offense. They have shot just 44.7 percent from inside the arc (288th in the NCAA) and 31.6 percent from downtown (208th in the NCAA) as a team so far this season.
On defense, St. Bonaventure does a good job of forcing turnovers and defending the 3-point line. Opposing teams have coughed up the basketball 20.8 percent of the time against the Bonnies’ defense (112th in the NCAA). The Bonnies have also limited opposing teams to an effective field goal percentage of only 47.4 percent (120th in the NCAA), including just 30.3 percent shooting from 3-point range (87th in the NCAA).
- Pride are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win.
- Bonnies are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Bonnies are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Bonnies are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.