St. Bonaventure (15-10) at Charlotte (13-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 25th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Halton Arena (9,105) -- Charlotte, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: St. Bonnies 10-2, Charlotte 7-5. Away Record: St. Bonnies 5-7, Charlotte 6-8. Neutral Record: St. Bonnies 0-1, Charlotte 0-0. Conference Record: St. Bonnies 8-5, Charlotte 5-9. Series Record: Charlotte leads, 7-4.
GAME NOTES: The St. Bonaventure Bonnies set their sights on their third straight win tonight when they travel to Halton Arena to take on the Charlotte 49ers in Atlantic 10 Conference action.
St. Bonaventure is 15-10 overall and with one more victory will match last season's win total. It has also found success in the A-10 as it is tied for third place in the standings with an 8-5 conference mark. The Bonnies have been decent on the road, winning five of 12 bouts, which includes an 89-63 rout of Fordham on Wednesday.
Charlotte has been perfectly mediocre on the season with a 13-13 overall record, but it hasn't fared so well in conference play, going just 5-8. The 49ers have defended their home court admirably, going 7-5 at Halton Arena, and they are fresh off a 72-62 win at home over George Washington on Wednesday night.
With regard to the all-time series between these two teams, St. Bonaventure has won two of the last three meetings, but Charlotte still leads by a 7-4 margin.
With 89 points on Wednesday, St. Bonaventure has now put up its two biggest scoring outputs this season against Fordham, having gone for a season-best 95 in a win over the Rams on January 21. The Bonnies shot a lights-out 61 percent from the field and were led by Andrew Nicholson's 30 points on 10-of-14 from the field and nine rebounds in the most recent triumph. It was Nicholson's second consecutive 30-point performance and his third of the year, and he now ranks third in the A-10 in scoring (17 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (8.0). The senior has perhaps been the league's most dominant player in the past few weeks however, averaging 25.2 ppg on more than 66 percent efficiency from the field, and he is also averaging 11.8 rpg and 2.6 bpg in the last five games. Demitrius Conger provides ample support for an offense that nets 69.5 ppg, dropping in 11.7 ppg on 51.9 percent from the floor. SBU is the A-10's best on the glass, owning a rebounding margin of +4.8.
A few days after putting up a mere 52 points against Richmond, Charlotte bounced back in the win over George Washington by shooting 46.8 percent from the floor, draining 8-of-14 from three-point range, and 20-of-27 from the free-throw line. Javarris Barnett led all scorers with 18 points and while DeMario Mayfield went just 3-of-11 from the floor, he finished with 15 points, nine boards, five assists and two steals. Chris Braswell has been the 49ers' most effective player this year, as he leads the team in scoring (15.3 ppg), rebounds (7.5 rpg), blocks (1.2 bpg) and field goal percentage (.500). Barnett (12.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and Mayfield (10.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.6 apg) are also plus performers, but the offense as a whole ranks 12th in the A-10 in both scoring (67.3 ppg) and field goal percentage (.412). Pierria Henry ranks second in the conference in steals at 2.7 per contest, and Charlotte as a team ranks second with 8.5 spg, helping its positive turnover margin (+0.77).
Though the 49ers won their last two home games against inferior foes in George Washington and Rhode Island, their home court advantage doesn't give them much of an advantage in this instance.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: St. Bonaventure 72, Charlotte 65
02/25 10:41:32 ET