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Monday, August 8, 2016

Reilly Center Selected As Atlantic 10's Toughest Venue For Opponents in ESPN Poll

St. Bonaventure's Reilly Center has been selected as the toughest place for opponents to play in the Atlantic 10 through a fan vote held on ESPN.com. The Reilly Center now will represent the A-10 in a vote to determine the most difficult venue in all of college basketball.
The RC, as it is affectionately known to Bona fans, earned 2,256 votes or 33 percent of the Atlantic 10 fan voting over the past two weeks. It will now join some of the most iconic venues in the sport as part of the national voting – Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium (Atlantic Coast Conference), Kansas' Allen Fieldhouse (Big 12), Indiana's Assembly Hall (Big Ten), Arizona's McKale Memorial Center (Pac-12), Kentucky's Rupp Arena (SEC), New Mexico's WisePies Arena (Mountain West), UConn's Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (American), Villanova's The Pavilion (Big East) and BYU's Marriott Center (West Coast Conference).
The Reilly Center's vote total ranked fifth among the conference champions behind only Duke, Kansas, Indiana and New Mexico.
Fans can vote by CLICKING HERE or by visiting espn.com/mens-college-basketball.
St. Bonaventure has enjoyed a great home court advantage through the years with this season marking the Reilly Center's 50th anniversary. Last year, the Bonnies went 13-3 on home court as part of a 22-9 overall record that saw Bona earn a share of the Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championship.
The Bonnies advanced to the NIT last year under A-10 Coach of the Year Mark Schmidt and two starters return from that team: all-conference junior point guard Jaylen Adams and junior guard Idris Taqqee. Senior forward Denzel Gregg, the co-Sixth Man of the Year in the Atlantic 10 a year ago, is a potential starter. Sophomore guard Nelson Kaputo and sophomore forward LaDarien Griffin also return. Schmidt welcomes six new players to the roster: senior forwards David Andoh and Chinonso Obokoh, junior small forward Courtney Stockard, junior guard Matt Mobley, freshman guard Tareq Coburn and freshman center Amadi Ikpeze.
For information on purchasing season tickets, contact the SBU ticket office at (716) 375-2500 or visit GoBonnies.com/tickets. Single game tickets will go on sale in October.