Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

UCLA: First Four game day preview against St. Bonaventure

UCLA: First Four game day preview against St. Bonaventure

They will face the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in Dayton, Ohio. LiAngelo Ball also was suspended and withdrew from school. He scored 34 points in two of his last three games.

The last two years, SportsLine's computer simulation correctly predicted nine out of 12 double-digit NCAA Tournament upsets in the first round with their computer algorithm. Mobley made 14 shots from long-range in the A-10 Tournament and boasts 102 of 292 career triples this season while averaging 18.5 points in his second season with the Bonnies. The victor of this third meeting will face No. 6-seed Florida, an opponent UCLA hasn't beaten in four meetings.

St. Bonaventure has a fairly proud tradition for a program that has not won an NCAA tournament game since Bob Lanier led the Bonnies to the 1970 Final Four.

St. Bonaventure University was founded in 1858 as the nation's first Franciscan university. Limiting St. Bonaventure's second-chance opportunities is an obvious key, but the Bruins have the players to do it. Making it a focus should ensure a victory for UCLA. Combined with Holiday and Goloman, the Bruins shouldn't be overwhelmed by the moment, even if they had to fly to southwestern OH to face an unfamiliar opponent in an unfamiliar arena.

"Yeah, it'll be the first time we won't get booed", head coach Mark Schmidt joked during Monday's press conference. "I think my comfort level is a definitely up".

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FAMILIAR ARENA PART 2: LIU Brooklyn coach Derek Kellogg was sacked by MA last season after losing to St. Bonaventure in the A-10 tournament.

Meanwhile, the Bruins were handed a 78-67 in overtime defeat by then-No.

"I've had some, I'd say, OK memories here", Kellogg said. He led the Pac-12 with 20.3 points per game and has been especially hot lately. St. Bonaventure finished 14-4 in conference and 25-7 overall, entering the Atlantic 10 Tournament riding a 13-game winning streak that was snapped in the semifinals. After missing out on the Big Dance in each of the past five seasons, it is good to see the Bonnies competing in the tournament once again, even if they are in the First Four.

Led by Aaron Holiday, the Bruins have one of the best offenses in the country, but they struggle with consistency, and have another uninterested defense, which Atlantic 10 co-player of the year Jaylen Adams should tear apart. In each year of the First Four, at least one team has won a first-round game.

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