Duquesne (3-4, 2-3), however, will be Bona’s most immediate challenge. The Dukes have strength and size inside, particularly in 6-foot-8 center Michael Hughes (7.7 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game, 11 blocks) and 6-foot-5 forward Marcus Weathers (14 points per game, 6.4 rebounds), and outside quickness in guard Tavian Dunn-Martin (11.4 points per game, 2 assists per game).
“The approach is, we’d better play our A-game if we’re going to win,” Schmidt said. “Hughes and Weathers, they’re loads. They’re really good players. Martin is, like you saw last year, we couldn’t guard him.
“They’re just a power team. They go inside-out, so it’s imperative that we match their physical toughness without fouling.”
The St. Bonaventure University men’s basketball team wasn’t going to be fooled by the winless record of Saint Joseph’s.
The Dukes, meanwhile, will face a team that’s on a three-game winning streak, and one that’s gotten maximized offensive production. Bona guard Jaren Holmes has averaged 27 points in those three games, including a 38-point game Jan. 6 in an 83-57 win against Saint Joseph’s, followed by 26 points in a 68-54 win Wednesday at Fordham.
Jalen Adaway, a guard, has averaged 15 points in Bona’s last three games, and Kyle Lofton bounced back from being limited to four points against Saint Joseph’s, and scored 17 points at Fordham.
Schmidt, though, is remaining realistic as the Bonnies prepare for what could be a challenging segment of their schedule.