St. Bonaventure vs Davidson Preview and Prediction
St. Bonaventure vs Davidson Preview
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies (12-5, 2-3) continue their long road trip as they take on the Davidson Wildcats (9-7, 4-1) at 7 p.m. tonight on ESPN2. This will be the fourth road game for Bona in their last five games–The Bonnies were sent to Dayton, Saint Joseph’s, Rhode Island and now Davidson in a 16-day span.
Something’s gotta give…
This game pits St. Bonaventure’s excellent three-point defense against Davidson’s strength. The Bonnies rank 13th nationally in three-point defense (.299) while Davidson is 18th in the country in made three-pointers at 10.7 per game.
Can Davidson slow down Jaylen Adams?
Senior point guard Jaylen Adams has earned A-10 Player of the Week honors three times already this year. He leads St. Bonaventure in scoring (18.5 points per game), assists (5.1) and three-point shooting (.529). Already one of the most accomplished players in the program’s history, Adams was on the preseason watch list for three national player of the year awards: the Wooden Award, the Oscar Robertson Award and the Naismith Trophy.
Adams’ backcourt partner Matt Mobley is averaging 17.1 points per game; combined, the duo average 35.6 points per game and are shooting .401 from three-point range.
St. Bonaventure boasts one of the most talented and experienced backcourts in the country with both of their best players being seniors.
Adams & Mobley Statistics:
PPG Assists Steals 3-PT% FT%
36.5 7.9 2.6 .401 .851
Can Davidson stay hot?
Davidson, which is 5-1 at home, brings a four-game win streak into Friday’s game. The Wildcats have topped Saint Louis, George Mason, George Washington and Fordham over the past two weeks, and their only A-10 loss came at Richmond.
Davidson’s tough schedule
Of the Wildcats’ seven losses, four were to top-50 RPI teams (North Carolina, Virginia, New Mexico State and Nevada).
Can St. Bonaventure slow down Peyton Aldridge?
Senior forward Peyton Aldridge, a preseason first team All-Conference team selection, averages 19.8 points (third in the A-10) and 6.9 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Kellan Grady is at 15.8 points per game while making 40 percent of his three-pointers. Point guard Jon-Axel Gudmunsson averages 14.6 points per game. After those three players, no other Wildcat averages more than 6.4 points per game. The starting five does not have a player shorter than 6-foot-4.
This will be the the ninth meeting between the teams and the fifth since Davidson joined the Atlantic 10. The series is tied, 4-4. St. Bonaventure is 1-2 at Belk Arena.
It seems like the Bonnies have been on the road for the past month, but in a difficult conference like the A-10, that is to be expected. Davidson is the hotter team, winning four in a row, but it is St. Bonaventure that is more talented and experienced. If the Bonnies can contain Peyton Aldridge in the post, the Wildcats lack depth around him to pick up the slack. Expect Adams and Mobley to dominate in an upset victory.
LINE -4 Davidson
St. Bonaventure 78 Davidson 71