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Bona to Battle Notre Dame in 2022 Gotham Classic

ELMONT, N.Y. – On Tuesday morning, UBS Arena announced that the St. Bonaventure Bonnies will play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2022 Gotham Classic on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.

This is the second consecutive season in which the Bonnies will play a marquee ACC opponent on a neutral floor in a large metropolitan area. Virginia Tech steam-rolled a banged-up Bonaventure team in Charlotte this past December.

Bona has not played Notre Dame since Dec. 22, 1994, when Jim Baron was in his third season as the Head Coach at Bona. The Irish prevailed in the game, winning 57-to-54. The Bonnies ended up going to the NIT that season, losing to Marquette in the second round.

The Bonnies and the Fighting Irish have squared off seven times before, with Notre Dame prevailing in five of those games.

This year, the Fighting Irish finished tied for second in the ACC with North Carolina and will head to the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn as the conference’s seed.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi currently has Notre Dame as a seed in his latest bracketology update.

This is a big-time get for St. Bonaventure Athletic Director Joe Manhertz and St. Bonaventure Head Coach Mark Schmidt. It will be the first time that Bona has played in New York City with fans able to attend since January 2020.


Jack Milko received his B.A. in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He is now working to get his M.A. in Sports Journalism from St. Bonaventure University. A lifelong fan of the Bonnies, Jack covers the team for @A10Talk. Follow him on Twitter for more Bonnies coverage at @Jack_Milko.

Jack Milko recently graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. A native of Rochester, NY, Jack grew up a St. Bonaventure Bonnies f...