Dyshawn Pierre at St. Louis on Tuesday. David Jablonski/Staff
St. Bonaventure will be without it starting point guard, Jay Adams, one of the top freshmen in the conference, on Saturday at UD. According to multiple reports, he had surgery today on a broken finger and will miss the rest of the season.
From the Buffalo News:
Adams’ steady play and distribution ability has been a big factor in the fact Bona already has equaled last year’s win total in conference. The Bonnies stand 13-9 overall and 6-5 in the Atlantic 10. Last year, Bona was 6-10 in conference. Overall, Adams is averaging 10 points, 4.5 assists and 1.9 turnovers a game. He ranks first in assist-to-turnover ratio in league play, at 4.2 to 1. Adams played 35 minutes scored five points in Wednesday’s loss to Massachusetts.
All the teams in the A-10 have seven games left, and no team has an easy road. This CBSSports.com writer thinks the Flyers have the easiest road, however, and predicts they’ll win the regular-season title.
The team is good, and it gets the benefit of both the easiest overall schedule in the league and the easiest one remaining. The Flyers should be 12-3 in the league when they travel to Richmond to face VCU. plus they get the benefit of facing Rhode Island at home. Win one of the two road games against VCU or La Salle, and I think this is your conference champion with a 14-4 mark.
Dayton made 14 3-pointers in a 78-61 victory at St. Bonaventure in January. It’s unlikely to shoot like that again, even though it shoots better at home on average, but Dayton’s home-court advantage will be hard for the Bonnies to overcome.
From my Saturday preview:
The Flyer Faithful has embraced a team short on size and depth, and the team has rewarded the fans. It is 12-0 at home this season. For what it’s worth, it has never lost with the new logo on Tom Blackburn Court. In all, it has won 17 straight home games since losing 60-57 to St. Joseph’s on a last-second 3-pointer on Jan. 29, 2014.
“It’s a great team to get around,” Dayton coach Archie Miller said. “They’ve got a great attitude. They play the right way. They’ve defied a lot of odds.
“When we’ve been at home, we’ve given them reason to cheer. They’ve played extremely hard. One of the reasons they do that is because of the environment in there. This year, more than any year I’ve been here, the environment has been top notch. It’s by far the best venue in the league. We’ve got four left at home. We want to take advantage of all four.”
Dayton has finished undefeated at home three times: 18-0 in 2008-09, 16-0 in 1949-50 and 14-0 in 1959-60. With a victory today, it would match the 1957-59 Flyers for the fourth-longest home winning streak in school history.