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J.P. Butler Likes Bonnies to Finish 8th

Schmidt’s club never seems to get much respect in the preseason but things have started to change a bit since 2012.

The Atlantic 10’s media day will soon take shape at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. There, the leagues’ preseason all conference teams will be announced along with the predicted order of finish as voted on by coaches and media members. Generally speaking, the Bonnies get little love in this forms but given Mark Schmidt’s more-than-decent track record at Bonas, that seems to be shifting a bit. Hell, last year the MC Jon Rothstein forgot to even mention the Bonnies as being in the league all together.

Below, Olean Times Herald beat writer J.P. Butler posts his submission where he has the Bonnies finishing in 8th place. Butler picks Dayton to win the league and George Mason to finish last.

“8. St. Bonaventure — With Posley, Wright and Adams back, the Bonnies should still be good enough to finish in that 7-9 range, even with major question marks in the frontcourt.”

Picking the Bonnies to finish 8th seems fair. I would agree that the trio of Wright-Posley and Adams give SBU a leg up over most, if not all teams “under” them in Butler’s article. If these three guys play to their absolute potential there’s no reason why SBU doesn’t win something around nine league games and is a team to worry about in Brooklyn. Even the upper half type of teams in the league would like to have three players with the talent of that group. Obviously the weakness of the team is the front court and overall lack of depth. Should this team fail to make shots (a huge factor given the small lineup), or catch a bad injury or two, this team will struggle. Finishing in the top five would take a minor miracle IMO, while finishing below 10th would be a real disappointment.

To read Butler’s full article and to see where he slotted each team click here to visit the OTH’s site. 

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A member of the class of 2008, Nolan spent four years as a student assistant with the program. He has written professionally for such outlets as espn.com/insider, Athlon Sports Magazines, Cox Sports Online and Blue Ribbon Previews. Ian was named one of the “140 Personalities to Follow in College Basketball” on twitter by The Sporting News.