ST. BONAVENTURE — As expected, the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team’s season is over.
All through last week, sources had indicated that unless the Bonnies reached at least the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament, thereby putting themselves in position for a possible bid to the National Invitational Tournament, they likely wouldn’t be playing in the postseason.
They fell just short of the semifinals, bowing in the Round of 8 to Dayton, 75-71, inside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center Friday night, and, indeed, are done.
Bona was not one of the 32 teams selected to the NIT and, much like last year, chose not to pursue a bid to the lesser College Basketball Invitational, the school confirmed Sunday night. In choosing against one of the two “buy” tournaments in play today (the other being the CollegeInsider.com Tournament), it cited the same reasons: potential host fees, travel expenses and time away from classes.
“Disappointing not to get an NIT berth? Yes,” Bona posted to its official men’s basketball Twitter account Sunday night. “But it was still a very successful season with 18 wins including 10 in the (at)Atlantic 10!”
Bona finished the season 18-13 and 10-8 in conference play, its second-best marks under eighth-year coach Mark Schmidt.
Three Atlantic 10 teams (Dayton, Davidson and VCU) made the NCAA Tournament, while three (Richmond, Rhode Island and George Washington) are headed for the NIT.