Bid thief! St. Bonaventure earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament with a 67-56 win against Xavier in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
The win is bad news for bubble teams, as the Bonnies (20-11), who were unlikely to receive real consideration for an at-large bid, now are assured a spot in the 68-team field. It will be St. Bonaventure's first trip to the big dance since 2000.
Despite the loss, SB Nation's bracket expert Chris Dobbertean still expects that Xavier locked up a spot in the NCAA tournament with its win against St. Louis in the Atlantic 10 tournament semifinal on Saturday.
Andrew Nicholson led the Bonnies with 26 points, 14 rebounds and eight (!) blocks. He made all 10 free throws he shot and was the only player on St. Bonaventure to finish in double digits.
Meanwhile, the Musketeers backcourt of Tu Holloway and Mark Lyons combined to score 33 points. But it wasn't enough as Xavier shot just 33 percent from the field (2-for-13 from three-point land).
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