St. Bonaventure Bonnies (18-6 SU, 10-11 ATS, 12-9 O/U) vs. La Salle Explorers (10-15 SU, 7-17 ATS, 17-7 O/U)
NCAAB: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. EST
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies have won six straight games heading into a road date with the La Salle Explorers at Tom Gola Arena on Tuesday night. St. Bonaventure most recently maintained its fine form by beating Richmond this past Saturday. The Explorers are coming off consecutive setbacks at the hands of George Washington and Saint Louis.
St. Bonaventure heads into this one as the hottest team in the Atlantic 10 other than Rhode Island, having won six straight games following a 97-88 defeat of Richmond last weekend. Senior Jaylen Adams poured in 24 points while going 7-for-7 from the free-throw line and he also contributed seven assists and two steals. Matt Mobley also went for 24 points on the strength of five-three pointers. Adams has been on a tear of late, averaging 36.0 points over his last three games–including a pair of 40-point performances.
Thanks primarily to Adams, St. Bonaventure has been putting an offensive show at the expense of Atlantic 10 competition. In conference games, the Bonnies are averaging a league-best 79.7 points per game and they are also shooting a league-high 41.3 percent from three-point range. Adams is averaging 21.3 points and 5.4 assists per game against A-10 opponents, while Mobley is chipping in 18.6 ppg against conference competition.
No exploring needed to find Johnson on the A-10 charts
Senior B.J. Johnson registered his 14th game this season with at least 20 points when he delivered 23 points and 10 rebounds in a 70-62 loss at Saint Louis this past Saturday. The double-double was John’s sixth of the season and he has scored at least 20 points on 14 occasions. The 6’7” forward leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring (21.1 points per game) and ranks fourth in rebounding (8.2 rpg). He is also fourth in the A-10 in free-throw percentage (84.6 percent) and ninth in steals (1.5 spg). Sophomore Isiah Deas also turned in a double-double last weekend with 15 points and 10 boards. Freshman Miles Brookins has been a key contributor off the bench for the Explorers over the last two games, averaging 10.0 points on 63.6 percent shooting.
Graduate student Amar Stukes will be looking to get back on track and find the form that carried him to a pair of 20-point performances in the span of three games during late January and early February. He also scored 20 points against St. Louis on Dec. 30. Stukes, however, has combined for a grand total of two points in the last two contests.
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies are:
- 9-3 Over in their last 12 overall
- 6-0 Over in their last six road games
- 5-0 Over in their last five road games against teams with winning home records
The La Salle Explorers are:
- 13-3 Over in their last 16 overall
- 7-0 Over in their last seven home games
- 9-1 Over in their last 10 games against the Atlantic 10
For La Salle, Johnson missed five of six games with a sprained ankle before returning to the starting lineup for good against Fordham on Jan. 17. It has been full steam ahead for Johnson, who has not missed a beat and has scored in double-figures in all 20 of his games this season. The over is 9-3 in the Bonnies’ last 12 overall, 9-3 in their last 12 against the Atlantic 10, 6-0 in their last six on the road, and 5-0 in their last five on the road against opponents with winning home records. It is also 13-3 in the Explorers’ last 16 overall, 7-0 in their last seven at home, 9-1 in their last 10 against the Atlantic 10, and 9-1 in their last 10 following a loss. Look for this one to go over the total.