The St. Bonaventure Bonnies got off to one hell of a start to the 2015-2016 season. The Bonnies, in thanks to the trio of Posley, Adams and Wright, were able to take down several conference rivals. These wins looked extremely promising for the Bonnies’ hopes to enter March Madness. They even received a top 25 vote from an AP pollster. As a Bonnie, I was loving it. So was the entire campus. Everyone was electric. Everyone jumped to the conclusion that the Bonnies had a chance at an at-large bid.
Welp. That changed in a matter of a couple of weeks. St. Bona lost a crucial game versus Duquesne that ruined their win streak. After that, things only got worse. The Bonnies suffered another loss — in the Reilly Center — to the very underrated Dayton Flyers. A few days later, Coach Schmidt’s squad blew a 12 point second half lead at the hands of VCU. If you’re striving for an at-large bid, you need big wins. The Bonnies choked on all three of their chances. Wins against Dayton and VCU surely would’ve surely got some national attention. The Bonnies played well in both games, they just lacked the finishing touches.
St. Bona sits at 12-6 overall and 4-3 in conference. They are currently riding a three game losing streak that NEEDS to end as soon as possible. The chances for them to receive an at-large bid have quickly been diminished, but the Bonnies still would love a 4 or 5 seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Winning is key (to state the obvious). The Bonnies need leadership and experience to drag them out of this horrible drought. Look for Marcus Posley and Jaylen Adams to step up to the challenge in their next game. No way are these guys losing four straight. Even though the momentum behind their hot streak has evaporated into thin air, the Bonnies still have their pride at stake.
Plus, they have 2,000 rowdy fans standing behind them. The Bonnies’ season is still up for grabs. It’s up to the stars on this team to make a statement punch. St. Bonaventure has the talent to win in the competitive A10 conference. They still have hope to win the A10 Tourney. This isn’t a distant miracle, folks.