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St. Bonaventure gets at-large bid; Bulls draw Arizona

The Bonnies will play UCLA in the play-in game on Tuesday

March 11, 2018 - 6:30 pm

Joe DiBiase reporting


St. Bonaventure was a question mark coming into Selection Sunday, and many had thought they had earned a trip to the NCAA tournament. Multiple media reports suggested that the Bonnies could be snubbed from a spot in the tournament like they were back in 2016. This time around, the Bonnies did not get snubbed. 

The Bonnies were one of the last four teams selected into the NCAA Tournament, joining Syracuse, UCLA, and Arizona State as the other three. St. Bonaventure will play UCLA in the first play-in game on Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio. Both teams are ranked as 11-seeds, with the winner playing the sixth-ranked Florida Gators in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.

Tip-off for Tuesday's game is set for 9:10 p.m.

St. Bonaventure was the second-to-last team to get into the tournament, with Syracuse being the last team selected. The Orange is also an eleven-seed in the tournament, taking on Bobby Hurley and Arizona State in their play-in matchup on Wednesday. The winner of their contest will play sixth-ranked TCU in Detroit, Michigan on Friday.

As for the U.B. Bulls, they had an automatic bid to the tournament after winning the MAC Championship over Toledo on Saturday. They drew in as a 13th-seed and a matchup with the fourth-seeded Arizona Wildcats in Boise, Idaho.

The Bulls' matchup with the Wildcats is scheduled for 9:40 p.m. on Thursday, and you can catch all of the action on our sister station, ESPN 1520.

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