In 2008-2009, the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team showed the potential to be a major player in the improving Atlantic-10 Conference. Now in his third season at the helm of the Brown and White, head coach Mark Schmidt led his Bonnies to a 15-15 overall record (6-10 A-10) and their first conference tournament berth since 2005 last season.
What will Schmidt and his team do for an encore? This year, St. Bonaventure faces off against a much-improved schedule. NCAA Tournament participants Cleveland State, Binghamton, Temple and Dayton will visit the Reilly Center, while SBU will travel to meet tourney squads Mississippi State, Syracuse and Xavier. Also slated for the season include the annual games against Little Three rivals Niagara and Canisius, as well as conference showdowns with St. Joseph's, Richmond and Duquesne.
Bonas continues to have strong support with many fans filling Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center for each home game, regardless of opponent. Opposing teams have long feared traveling to Olean, where the home court advantage is truly a disadvantage to any visiting squad.
Be sure to tune in this upcoming season as the St. Bonaventure Bonnies continue their march forward back to the upper echelon of college hoops!