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2017–18 St. Bonaventure Bonnies men's basketball team

The 2017–18 St. Bonaventure Bonnies men's basketball team represented St. Bonaventure University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bonnies, led by 11th-year head coach Mark Schmidt, played their home games at the Reilly Center in Olean, New York as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. They finished the season 26–8, 14–4 in A-10 play to finish in second place. They defeated Richmond in the quarterfinals of the A-10 Tournament before losing in the semifinals to Davidson. They received one of the last four at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated UCLA in the First Four before losing in the First Round to Florida.

2017–18 St. Bonaventure Bonnies men's basketball
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NCAA Tournament, First Round
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
2017–18 record26–8 (14–4 A-10)
Head coachMark Schmidt (11th season)
Assistant coaches
  • Dave Moore
  • Steve Curran
  • Dwayne Lee
Home arenaReilly Center
Seasons
2017–18 Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Rhode Island 15 3   .833     26 8   .765
St. Bonaventure 14 4   .778     26 8   .765
Davidson 13 5   .722     21 12   .636
Saint Joseph's 10 8   .556     16 16   .500
VCU 9 9   .500     18 15   .545
Saint Louis 9 9   .500     17 16   .515
George Mason 9 9   .500     16 17   .485
Richmond 9 9   .500     12 20   .375
Dayton 8 10   .444     14 17   .452
Duquesne 7 11   .389     16 16   .500
George Washington 7 11   .389     15 18   .455
La Salle 7 11   .389     13 19   .406
Massachusetts 5 13   .278     13 20   .394
Fordham 4 14   .222     9 22   .290
2018 A10 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Bonnies finished the 2016–17 season 20–12, 11–7 in A-10 play to finish in fifth place. They received the fifth seed in the A-10 Tournament where they defeated UMass in the second round to advance to the quarterfinals, where they lost to Rhode Island. The Bonnies did not participate in a postseason tournament.

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
David Andoh 0 F 6'7" 230 Senior Montreal, Quebec Graduated
Tareq Coburn 3 F 6'5" 200 Freshman Rosedale, NY Transferred to Hofstra[1]
Chinonso Obokoh 5 C 6'9" 215 RS Senior Rochester, NY Left program[2]
Denzel Gregg 12 F 6'7" 225 Senior Syracuse, NY Graduated
Caleb McGuire 24 G 6'4" 190 Senior Belmont, NY Graduated

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Jaylen Poser G 6'4" 180 Junior Malton, Ontario Transferred from UNLV. Will be eligible to play for the 2018–19 season. and have two seasons of eligibility.[3]

2017 recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Tshiefu Ngalakulondi
#75 SF
Manchester, NH Proctor Academy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sep 21, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 67
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved July 29, 2017.

PreseasonEdit

In a poll of the league’s head coaches and select media members at the conference's media day, the Bonnies were picked to finish second in the A-10.[4] Seniors Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley were named to the conference's preseason first team.[4]

RosterEdit

2017–18 St. Bonaventure Bonnies men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 1 Idris Taqqee 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Cushing Academy Snellville, Georgia
G 2 Matt Mobley 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS Sr Central Connecticut State Worcester, Massachusetts
G 3 Jaylen Adams 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Mount Saint Joseph High School Baltimore, Maryland
G 4 Nelson Kaputo 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr St. Michael's College School Toronto, Ontario
F 5 Tshiefu Ngalakulondi 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Proctor Academy Manchester, New Hampshire
G/F 11 Courtney Stockard 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Jr Allen Community College St. Louis, Missouri
C 12 Ndene Gueye 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Kilgore College Senegal
F 15 LaDarien Griffin 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Providence School Jacksonville, Florida
G 21 Izaiah Brockington 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Archbishop Ryan High School Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
G 24 Jack Galatio 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) So Hornell High School Hornell, New York
F/C 32 Amadi Ikpeze 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) So Amherst Central High School Buffalo, New York
F 33 Josh Ayeni 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Impact Academy (FL) Zaria, Nigeria
G Jalen Poyser   6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr UNLV Malton, Ontario
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 4, 2017*
7:00 pm
Alfred W 109–73 
 20  Stockard   7  Ngalakulondi   5  Mobley  Reilly Center (2,534)
Olean, NY
Non-conference regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
8:00 pm
Niagara L 75–77  0–1
 29  Mobley   10  Tied   3  Mobley  Reilly Center (4,952)
Olean, NY
Nov 18, 2017*
4:00 pm
Jackson State
Emerald Coast Classic campus game
W 72–58  1–1
 27  Mobley   9  Griffin   6  Tied  Reilly Centre (3,619)
Olean, NY
Nov 20, 2017*
7:00 pm
Maryland Eastern Shore
Emerald Coast Classic campus game
W 96–48  2–1
 21  Ngalakulondi   10  Taqqee   7  Mobley  Reilly Center (3,281)
Olean, NY
Nov 24, 2017*
9:30 pm, CBSSN
vs. Maryland
Emerald Coast Classic semifinals
W 63–61  3–1
 16  Mobley   5  Tied   3  Kaputo  The Arena at NWFSC (1,650)
Niceville, FL
Nov 25, 2017*
7:00 pm, CBSSN
vs. TCU
Emerald Coast Classic championship
L 79–89  3–2
 20  Brockington   8  Stockard   5  Mobley  The Arena at NWFSC (1,400)
Niceville, FL
Nov 29, 2017*
7:00 pm
at Siena
Franciscan Cup
W 75–55  4–2
 22  Mobley   11  Griffin   4  Griffin  Times Union Center (5,535)
Albany, NY
Dec 2, 2017*
2:00 pm
at Buffalo W 73–62  5–2
 25  Mobley   9  Stockard   3  Taqqee  Alumni Arena (6,212)
Buffalo, NY
Dec 6, 2017*
7:00 pm
at Canisius W 73–65  6–2
 20  Adams   10  Griffin   9  Adams  Koessler Center (2,196)
Buffalo, NY
Dec 9, 2017*
12:00 pm, ESPNU
Yale W 75–67  7–2
 25  Adams   7  Griffin   9  Adams  Reilly Center (3,913)
Olean, NY
Dec 16, 2017*
4:00 pm
vs. Vermont
Roc City Hoops Classic
W 81–79  8–2
 17  Adams   5  Mobley   6  Adams  Blue Cross Arena (5,828)
Rochester, NY
Dec 20, 2017*
7:00 pm
Northeastern W 84–65  9–2
 23  Mobley   7  Tied   3  Adams  Reilly Center (3,278)
Olean, NY
Dec 22, 2017*
7:00 pm, ACCN Extra
at Syracuse W 60–57 OT 10–2
 23  Adams   9  Adams   5  Stockard  Carrier Dome (20,976)
Syracuse, NY
Atlantic 10 regular season
Dec 30, 2017
2:30 pm, NBCSN
Massachusetts W 98–78  11–2
(1–0)
 32  Adams   12  Taqqee   7  Adams  Reilly Centre (4,945)
Olean, NY
Jan 3, 2018
8:30 pm, CBSSN
at Dayton L 72–82  11–3
(1–1)
 24  Mobley   8  Mobley   7  Adams  UD Arena (12,188)
Dayton, OH
Jan 6, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPNU
at Saint Joseph's L 78–85  11–4
(1–2)
 19  Adams   8  Griffin   7  Adams  Hagan Arena (4,061)
Philadelphia, PA
Jan 10, 2018
7:00 pm
Fordham W 77–61  12–4
(2–2)
 21  Griffin   14  Griffin   6  Kaputo  Reilly Center (3,133)
Olean, NY
Jan 13, 2018
11:00 am, ESPNU
at Rhode Island L 73–87  12–5
(2–3)
 19  Tied   9  Stockard   2  Stockard  Ryan Center (7,082)
Kingston, RI
Jan 19, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN2
at Davidson L 73–83  12–6
(2–4)
 25  Mobley   8  Taqqee   4  Mobley  John M. Belk Arena (4,305)
Davidson, NC
Jan 24, 2018
7:00 pm, CBSSN
Saint Joseph's W 70–67  13–6
(3–4)
 16  Adams   13  Stockard   5  Mobley  Reilly Center (3,548)
Olean, NY
Jan 28, 2018
12:00 pm, NBCSN
George Washington W 70–52  14–6
(4–4)
 24  Mobley   7  Stockard   8  Adams  Reilly Centre (4,976)
Olean, NY
Jan 31, 2018
7:00 pm, Stadium
at George Mason W 85–69  15–6
(5–4)
 35  Mobley   11  Mobley   8  Adams  EagleBank Arena (3,024)
Fairfax, VA
Feb 3, 2018
6:30 pm, NBCSN
at Duquesne W 84–81  16–6
(6–4)
 40  Adams   9  Taqqee   7  Adams  Palumbo Center (3,411)
Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 7, 2018
7:00 pm
Saint Louis W 79–56  17–6
(7–4)
 44  Adams   6  Stockard   6  Adams  Reilly Centre (3,448)
Olean, NY
Feb 10, 2018
4:00 pm
Richmond W 97–88  18–6
(8–4)
 24  Tied   11  Stockard   7  Adams  Reilly Centre (5,480)
Olean, NY
Feb 13, 2018
7:00 pm
at La Salle W 79–68  19–6
(9–4)
 30  Mobley   9  Mobley   5  Adams  Tom Gola Arena 
Philadelphia, PA
Feb 16, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 16 Rhode Island W 77–74  20–6
(10–4)
 26  Mobley   9  Mobley   8  Adams  Reilly Center (5,480)
Olean, NY
Feb 21, 2018
7:00 pm
Duquesne W 73–67  21–6
(11–4)
 24  Adams   10  Ikpeze   5  Adams  Reilly Center (5,089)
Olean, NY
Feb 24, 2018
8:00 pm, CBSSN
at VCU W 68–63  22–6
(12–4)
 21  Tied   14  Stockard   6  Adams  Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
Feb 27, 2018
9:00 pm, CBSSN
Davidson W 117–113 3OT 23–6
(13–4)
 34  Adams   8  Tied   5  Adams  Reilly Center (4,865)
Olean, NY
Mar 3, 2018
8:00 pm
at Saint Louis W 64–56  24–6
(14–4)
 22  Stockard   10  Stockard   2  Tied  Chaifetz Arena (8,542)
St. Louis, MO
Atlantic 10 Tournament
Mar 9, 2018
6:00 pm, NBCSN
(2) vs. (7) Richmond
Quarterfinals
W 83–77  25–6
 29  Mobley   11  Griffin   6  Adams  Capital One Arena (7,664)
Washington, D.C.
Mar 10, 2018
3:30 pm, CBSSN
(2) vs. (3) Davidson
Semifinals
L 70–82  25–7
 20  Adams   9  Taqqee   8  Adams  Capital One Arena (8,756)
Washington, D.C.
NCAA Tournament
Mar 13, 2018
9:10 pm, truTV
(11 E) vs. (11 E) UCLA
First Four
W 65–58  26–7
 26  Stockard   10  Taqqee   3  Tied  UD Arena (12,336)
Dayton, OH
Mar 15, 2018
9:57 pm, truTV
(11 E) vs. (6 E) No. 23 Florida
First Round
L 62–77  26–8
 14  Stockard   13  Taqqee   2  Tied  American Airlines Center (18,703)
Dallas, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll/Coaches' Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East.
All times are in Eastern Time.

[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coburn chooses Hofstra, Kupsas gets SBU offer". Newsday. Retrieved 2017-07-29.
  2. ^ "Obokoh Will Not Return To Bonnies Next Season". St. Bonaventure. 2017-05-23. Retrieved 2017-07-29.
  3. ^ Gaughan, Mark (2017-05-23). "Bonnies get future security at guard with UNLV transfer Jalen Poyser". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2017-07-29.
  4. ^ a b "Rhode Island Picked to Win A-10 Men's Basketball". Atlantic 10 Conference. Atlantic10.com. October 17, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  5. ^ http://gobonnies.sbu.edu/sports/m-baskbl, 2017-18/schedule