Virginia Commonwealth University Rams
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#669 St. Bonaventure
vs. #670 VCU

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00pm EST
Written by Chris Kubala
It’s a battle of Atlantic 10 teams on the college hardwood in the Old Dominion. The St. Bonaventure Bonnies are on the road as they make the trip to face the VCU Rams Saturday afternoon. St. Bonaventure earned their fourth straight win as they took down Massachusetts 74-61 at home Saturday in their previous contest. VCU was dropped 79-65 on the road by #13 VCU in their previous contest Tuesday night. The Rams own a 5-4 edge in the all-time series between the teams, including an 85-55 road win in the most recent matchup on February 9, 2019.

St. Bonaventure Bonnies Seek Fifth Straight Win

St. Bonaventure started the year slowly as they dropped four of their first five games. Since then, the Bonnies have been on a tear with four straight victories and 11 wins in their last 12 games overall. Their lone loss in that stretch is a five-point defeat on the road against Buffalo. While there haven’t been a ton of eye-opening victories in that run, the fact that they’ve won 11 of their last 12 is hard to overlook. It’s also hard to miss the fact that the Bonnies’ first win of the season is arguably their best as they knocked off Rutgers on a neutral floor. The Bonnies scuffle a bit on the offensive end of the floor this season, ranking 291st in the country by putting up 68.3 points per contest. St. Bonaventure collects 36.5 boards a game this season while ranking 201st in assists by handing out 13.3 dimes a night. The Bonnies are terrific on the defensive end of the floor as they are 39th in the nation in scoring defense by allowing 61.7 points per game this year. Kyle Lofton is the team’s leading scorer as he puts up 15 points and 6.6 assists per game on the seas season. Dominick Welch (11.5 points) and Jaren English (10.3 ppg) are other guys averaging in double figures. Osun Ossunniyi (9.9 points, 9.3 boards, 3.2 blocks), Justin Winston, Alejandro Vasquez, Bobby Planutis and Amadi Ikpeze are key contributors for coach Mark Schmidt. St. Bonaventure shoots 43.5 percent from the field on the year. The Bonnies knock down 7.1 triples per game while connecting on 35.1 percent from beyond the arc. St. Bonaventure is above average at the free throw line last season, converting 74.9 percent of their attempts. The Bonnies are very good on the defensive end of the floor, taking pressure off their offense. According to, St. Bonaventure is 55th in effective field goal percentage defense (45.8 percent) this season. In addition, the Bonnies are 92nd in three-point field goal percentage defense (31.1 percent), 64th in two-point field goal percentage defense (45.1 percent) and 38th in block percentage (12.9 percent) this season. Those numbers, coupled with the methodical pace St. Bonaventure plays (324th in tempo with 65 possessions a night) makes teams have to maximize each trip down the floor.
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VCU vs.
St. Josephs
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
9:00pm EST