OLEAN, N.Y. — No. 23 St. Bonaventure is a small school with big expectations in preparing to open its men's basketball season ranked for the first time in 50 years.
The Bonnies return five starters — all seniors — from a team that won both the Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament titles for the first time in school history.
They went on to make their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance and third in nine seasons before losing to eighth-seeded LSU in the opening round.
This is the type of success coach Mark Schmidt envisioned upon taking over in 2007. The Bonnies open their season hosting Siena on Tuesday.