NCAA Scores 2018: First Four Day 1 Results, Updated Bracket and Schedule
- Author: Joanne Flowers Mar 15, 2018,
Mar 15, 2018, 16:57
However, winning an 11-seed vs. 11-seed matchup in the First Four would not typically qualify as a Cinderella; typically, anyway.
The Bonnies won't get many breaks from Holiday, if any at all.
Tuesday's game marked the Bruins' 49th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the program's 11th trip to the national tournament in the last 14 seasons.
With their first NCAA tournament win in 48 years, and a school-record 26th win of the season under their belt, the Bonnies boarded a 2 a.m. flight to Dallas where they will take on the No. 6 seed Florida Gators Thursday night at 9:57 p.m. ET on TruTV.
The college basketball world focusing on Dayton for the second and final night of the first First Four. St. Bonaventure used a 12-0 run to take a 58-51 lead before UCLA battled back.
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies have already proven that the "David v.s. Goliath" narrative, no matter how cute and cliche it is for the general public, doesn't line up with the reality of what they are accomplishing this season. He scored 20 points but had 10 turnovers, including three in the final 29 seconds as the game slipped away.
St. Bonaventure had their best run in the 2nd Half with 4:05 on the clock. However, the defense struggled mightily in an 80-72 loss to Arkansas in the SEC quarterfinals.
Florida ranks 38th in three pointers allowed per game (19.3) while St. Bonaventure ranks 261st (24.2).
The crowd at the University of Dayton Arena - a place where St. Bonaventure is usually booed - got caught up in the moment, too.
To that same end, the Gators must establish a scoring threat inside the 3-point arc.
"St. Bonaventure, I thought, played extremely hard, defended at a really, really high clip and beat a good Pac-12 team without their best two players, in my opinion, playing at their fullest potential".
St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt dedicated his team's First Four victory against UCLA - which, by the way, knows a bit about college basketball lore - to a Bonnies team nearly a half-century ago. Expectations were high, but inconsistency's plagued the Gators throughout the campaign. But can the Gators flip the switch?
What followed was a jaw-dropping six-and-a-half minute stretch consisting of eight turnovers, including turnovers on four straight possessions. Mark Schmidt has an overachieving lineup capable of becoming one of this Tournament's most intriguing, Cinderella stories.