Opponent Preview: St. Bonaventure (12/30)

Opponent: St. Bonaventure Bonnies
League: Atlantic 10 Conference

Record: 10-2

Notable Wins:
Syracuse, Maryland

Notable Losses:
TCU, Niagara

Team Stats:                           Umass                          St. Bonaventure:
Points per game:                 71.2 (263rd)                 75.5 (Tied-170th)
Rebounds Per Game:         34.8 (234th)                  34.8 (235th)
Assists Per Game:               16.1 (72nd)                   13.2 (Tied-232nd) 
Points Allowed:                   67.8 (92nd)                   65.3 (Tied-47th)

Starting 5: 

Jaylen Adams: #3 Guard, 6’2, 190 lbs
18.2 PPG    4.3 RPG    5.2 APG    1.8 SPG    .517 3P%

Matt Mobley: #2 Guard, 6’3, 185 lbs
17.5 PPG    4.8 RPG    3.1 APG    1.4 SPG   .352 3P%

Ladarien Griffin: #15 Forward, 6’6, 215 lbs
9.7 PPG    6.6 RPG    1.3 APG    .8 SPG    1.5 BPG

Josh Ayeni: #33 Forward, 6’8 215 lbs
7.6 PPG    3.1 RPG

Idris Taqqee: #1 Guard, 6’4, 195 lbs
5.2 PPG    4.6 RPG    1.4 APG    1.4 SPG    .5 BPG

Key Bench Players:

Courtney Stockard: #11 Forward, 6’5, 205 lbs
10.6 PPG    5.4 RPG    1.6 APG    1.0 SPG

Izaiah Brockington: #21 Guard, 6’4, 180 lbs
6.5 PPG    1.3 RPG    1.4 APG    .8 SPG

Prediction

75-66: S.t Bonaventure 

The Bonnies feature the best backcourt in the Atlantic 10 as both Matt Mobley and Jaylen Adams were selected preseason all-conference and have certainly lived up to the billing thus far. Thanks to these dynamic guards and very capable complimentary forwards, S.t Bonaventure was predicted to finish second in the conference and look like they are on their way to an NCAA tournament bid. Additionally, they enter with a seven game winning streak, capped off by an overtime victory against a solid Syracuse team last week. It is obvious that the Bonnies are capable of scoring in volume so UMass must match their three point output and get big scoring performances from Luwane Pipkins and Carl Pierre to stay close. All said and done, it should be one of the most difficult games the Minutemen have remaining on their schedule.

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