Stockard was held out of Saturday's Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinal with Davidson after straining his right hamstring the night before in a win over Richmond. The Bonnies fell in the second round to Florida State in 2012, their last tournament appearance. St. Bonaventure is driven by the guard play of seniors Adams (19.8 points per game) and Matt Mobley (18.5). Adams has been sensational this season since returning from an injury that sidelined him for most of nonconference play, dropping 40-plus point outings in back-to-back games earlier this season. The 6-1 junior is also a strong distributor, ranking second in the conference with 5.8 assists per game.
Prior the loss over the weekend, Bonnies (25-7) won 13 straight and have won 25-games in a season to matched the school record set by the 1969-70 team, which went to the Final Four.
It's been the mantra for the Bruins for much of the season and it will remain a key until there is no more basketball to be played.
Alford said he was surprised to see his team make it to the tournament as part of the Last Four given how the Bruins finished - beating USC and then going 1-1 at the Pac-12 Tournament.
Although this was the first time Wilkes ever watched the selection show, it was the last time Thomas Welsh got to take in selection Sunday as a Bruin. Both are looking for their first NCAA Tournament victories.
The Bruins have a long standing history of success in the NCAA Tournament.
The Bruins participation in the tournament means their players will miss at least three days of classes in the final week of instruction in the winter quarter. UConn is, again, the heavy favorite to win the national title. This could be the matchup that tilts the game in favor of the Bruins, if Holiday doesn't do it himself. While UCLA has talent elsewhere, Holiday is their engine, their lynchpin. "But I think we feel really confident that we're able to play with anyone in the country, and that is really about preparation and process and taking things one game at a time".
The Bruins didn't expect to be making their first appearance in a First Four game.