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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – As the calendar flips from 2022 to 2023, a new basketball season begins in the form of conference play. Two teams trending in opposite directions, the 9-3 UMass Minutemen and the 6-7 St. Bonaventure Bonnies, will duel at the Reilly Center Saturday.
This New Year’s Eve matinee will be both teams’ first Atlantic 10 game.
The game tips off at 2 p.m. and will air on ESPN+.
First year head coach Frank Martin and his UMass Minutemen arrive in Western New York with nine victories already. The Minutemen most recently defeated Dartmouth 68-to-57 on Dec. 20.
Things have gone well for Martin and company so far, but UMass knows all about the challenges that the Bonnies bring—even though Bona has lost four straight. With that said, Bona has won nine consecutive games versus the Minutemen.
“St. Bonaventure is one of the better-coached teams we will play all year,” Martin said during Friday’s session with the media. “Mark [Schmidt] has been here for 16 years, and they have...

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