NCAA Tournament UCLA vs. St. Bonaventure

Ross Houston
March 14, 2018

On the other side - the UCLA Bruins are members of the Pac-12, and were one of the final teams into the tournament over their long time rival USC.

St. Bonaventure is 0-2 all-time against UCLA, last facing the Bruins during UCLA's run to a 10th national championship in 1975. The Bonnies aren't the most gifted team on the interior and Welsh should lead the Bruins to a win here. The victor will be the No. 11 seed in the East Region and face No. 6 Florida (20-12) on Thursday in Dallas. Landing in the First Four was not where he envisioned, but it looks like the losses to Oregon State and Colorado might have hurt UCLA's chances at a higher berth. He's played every minute of five of UCLA's last six games, including an overtime loss to Arizona in the Pac-12 semifinals.

NCAA Tournament UCLA vs. St. Bonaventure

UCLA's junior guard Aaron Holiday averages a Pac 12-best 20.3 points, 5.8 assists and drains 43.3 percent from 3-point range, while the senior duo of Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley for the Bonnies combined to score nearly 40 per contest and have connected on 177 tries behind the arc between them.

For Saint Bonaventure, the win was the program's first in the NCAA tournament since 1970.

The Bruins rank 29th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while the Bonnies rank 179th (3.8). "And now we're in the NCAA Tournament, and that's a very good accomplishment". "I think one of the advantages, if we have an advantage, is that we played here a number of times".

Schmidt dedicated the victory to former Bonnie Bob Lanier, a Hall of Famer who was injured and didn't to play against the Bruins in the 1970 Final Four.

The Bruins are going to win this game.

The Eagles, who finished their season 26-6 and undefeated on their home court, won the Patriot League title on Sunday in Bender, defeating Navy 58-49. UCLA has a little more experience, and a little more talent. The Big South champion Highlanders are making their third tournament appearance and first since 2009.

Holiday turned the ball over on UCLA's next two possessions, and Adams was fouled after each of them and made 3 of 4 free throws to make it a five-point margin. In order for St. Bonaventure to reach the true field of 64, one team stands in their way, the UCLA Bruins. If the Bruins crash the boards against the Bonnies they'll be moving on. Get your 100% signup bonus today.

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