@BonniesMBB faces longtime rival Duquesne Saturday in the RC

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 St. Bonaventure (9-10, 2-4 A-10) vs.
Duquesne (7-13, 0-6 A-10)
Saturday, Feb. 2 | 4 PM | Reilly Center
TV: Time Warner Sports/ROOT Sports
Game Notes: St. Bona | Duquesne | A-10
Twitter: @BonniesMBB | #Bonnies | #A10MBB
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The game will be shown on TV throughout New York State on Time Warner Sports and in the Pittsburgh area on ROOT Sports. It will be video streamed as well; however, per TV contractual agreements cannot be done for free and will be blacked out in New York State.

Opening Tip
St. Bonaventure returns to the Reilly Center Saturday to face longtime rival Duquesne in its second straight home contest and fourth in a row at the RC which is televised. The Bonnies have faced the Dukes on 108 previous occasions – 44 times more than their next closest Atlantic 10 foe (Saint Joseph’s, 46) – and third all-time only to Canisius (161) and Niagara (151). The two teams have each won 12 games in the series over the last 24 meetings, dating back to the 1998-99 season, and includes a Bona win in 2003 which was later vacated.

Last Time Out
Saint Louis scored the game’s first seven points and never trailed in its 67-57 victory over St. Bonaventure at the Reilly Center last Saturday. The Bonnies shot just 17-47 (36.2 percent) from the field and 2-16 (12.5 percent) from 3-point range. Saint Louis registered 14 steals – five more than any other Bona opponent this year – and bested SBU, 27-16, in points off turnovers, with the 27 points representing a season high allowed by the Bonnies. SLU put its conference-leading defense (57.9 points per game) on display, particularly in the first half as it limited SBU to a season-low 23 points in the opening stanza. The 57 points were a season-low for the Brown and White.

Bona’s A-10 Snapshot
St. Bonaventure is coming off its first of two bye weeks during the Atlantic 10 season. Through its first six conference games, Bona was the only team in the league to play all of the top-4 teams in the preseason poll, going 2-4 during that stretch and winning consecutive games at Temple and at Saint Joseph’s. While the remainder of the 10-game regular season does not feature a matchup with any team predicted to finish higher than 5th, it still presents plenty of formidable challenges. Only the Big East has more teams (13) in the top-100 of the RPI than the A-10 (10). Every A-10 school has at least two losses, and 14 of the 16 league members have between two and four losses.

Forbes Names Schmidt The Nation’s Best Coach For The Money
On Monday, Forbes Magazine named St. Bonaventure head coach Mark Schmidt the best college basketball coach in the nation for the money. Forbes tabulated the list based on how much a coach wins and loses as compared with the resources he has. The cost-per-win formula came out to $88,000/win for Schmidt over the past two years based on overall budget – by far the lowest in the country, and the only coach who came in under $100,000. For more information, click here.

Hoping He’s All Wright
Matthew Wright suffered a left foot injury during Bonaventure’s game against Saint Louis last Saturday and is probable against Duquesne. The junior was the main catalyst behind SBU’s two huge road wins against Temple and Saint Joseph’s as he scored a game- and career-high 22 points versus the Owls and posted 18 opposite the Hawks. If he can’t go against the Dukes, the Bonnies will be missing a key offensive threat from distance. After struggling to just a 17.6-percent clip (6-34) from 3-point range during the non-conference schedule, Wright is a scorching 12-21 (57.1 percent) through the first six A-10 games, including 8-10 during those two games against Temple and Saint Joseph’s.

That trend is similar to what Wright did during his freshman campaign as he started his non-league docket by shooting just 3-28 (10.7 percent) from beyond the arc. However, he turned it around in A-10 action as he hit 42.5 percent of his 3-point attempts (23-54) during conference play.

Quick Hitters
# The 23 points Saint Louis held St. Bonaventure to in the first half last Saturday represents the fewest first-half point total in a game this year for the Bonnies.
# Saint Louis converted 27 points off 19 Bonaventure turnovers, representing the most points off turnovers an opponent has scored against SBU this season.
# For the sixth time already this year, Bona senior Demitrius Conger played all 40 minutes against Saint Louis last Saturday.
# Bonaventure committed 19 turnovers to Saint Louis’s 13 last week, bringing SBU’s record to 0-5 when committing more giveaways than its opponent.
# St. Bona was down at the half against SLU, 38-23, and is now 1-9 this year when trailing at the half.
# SBU hasn’t started the month of February with a win since the 2008-09 season.

Kloof! (There It Is)
After not scoring at all in St. Bonaventure’s previous two games against Saint Joseph’s and Temple, junior Charlon Klooftallied 11 points against Saint Louis last Saturday. Kloof logged just 24 total minutes and attempted only three shots in his two games against the Owls and Hawks, but played 27 minutes against the Billikens and went 4-8 from the floor – the eight attempts coming one short of his season high. Through his first five A-10 games, Kloof had scored just 14 points total.

3-Point Threats
Both Chris Johnson and Eric Mosley rank in the top-6 in the A-10 in 3-point percentage, with Johnson checking in 5th at 43.8 percent (28-64) and Mosley just behind him in 6th place at 43.7 percent (45-103). Johnson attempted just 38 3’s last year, making 15 of them (39.5 percent), while Mosley has also increased his performance from beyond the arc after transferring in prior to last season. The Louisville, Ky. native shot 35.2 percent from long range last year on 37-105 attempts.

1,000-Point Duo
Today’s game features two players who reached 1,000 points for their careers earlier this season. Duquesne’s Sean Johnson hit the milestone on Dec. 8 in a victory over New Orleans and currently stands at 1,161 career points, while St. Bonaventure’s Demitrius Conger did so against VCU on Jan. 12 and comes into today with 1,064 points.

Scouting Duquesne
^ Duquesne has lost nine of its last 10 games since its notable 60-56 victory over West Virginia on Dec. 11
^ The Dukes are in the midst of an eight-game slide and are winless in six conference contests
^ Head coach Jim Ferry’s 14-man roster consists of 10 freshmen or sophomores
^ The team’s lone senior, guard Sean Johnson, leads the club with a 13.1 scoring average
^ Johnson’s backcourt mate, Derrick Colter, is the only other Duquesne player who averages double-figure points with a 12.9 average; Colter has twice been named A-10 Rookie of the Week and ranks third in the A-10 with an average of 5.0 assists per game

Cold From 3
St. Bonaventure made a season-low-tying two 3-pointers in its loss to Saint Louis last Saturday. The Bonnies went just 2-16 from 3-point range, but came into the game against the Billikens red-hot from 3, connecting on 21-38 attempts over the previous two games entering the matchup with SLU. On two other occasions SBU had been limited to just two makes from 3 during a game, but both of those (Cornell, Siena) were wins for the Brown and White.

Next Up
St. Bonaventure starts a weeklong road trip Wednesday when it travels to historic Hinkle Fieldhouse to face A-10 newcomer and No. 9/10 Butler at 7 p.m.

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