St. Bonaventures basketball has been the subject of some scrutiny in the past week following a disappointing loss at home to the Panthers.
The Friars have struggled with a rash of injuries and poor play in recent weeks, which has resulted in the resignation of coach John Groce.
Head coach Jim Valvano has made some bold statements in recent months, and the Friars are hoping they can make some noise this week.
“I think we can take the next step, and I think we are going to do it,” Valvado said.
“I think this team is going to get a good jump and a good opportunity to show that we can be a great basketball team, to show people that we’re a good basketball team and we can get a lot done.
A new era of St. John’s basketball is in the works, and Valvio is looking forward to the new era.”
We have to do a lot of things right.
We have a lot to do, but it’s going to take some time to get the team going.”
Valvano, a former basketball player, has been in the NBA for more than 15 years, having spent time in the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks.
He is one of the most successful coaches in college basketball, and he is not only the head coach at St. Paul’s but also the head man for the University of Providence.
Last season, the Friar squad went 11-0 and won the WCC regular season title, the conference tournament and the NCAA tournament.
That included a pair of conference finals, including a victory over Villanova, where Valvino helped lead his team to a Sweet 16 appearance.
Valveano also coached the Fris to three straight NCAA tournaments, including the NCAA Tournament in 2016.
St. Bonaguards basketball, which is based in Newport News, Virginia, is ranked No. 2 in the ACC and No. 3 in the Big East.
In fact, Valvieres team has won the Big Ten regular season championship since his arrival in 2014.
It also finished second in the WAC last season, and it went 16-1 in the conference play.
As for the upcoming season, Valvilos team is looking to take another step forward.
They are currently in a play-in game against Xavier in the NCAA West tournament, and St. Anthony is a member of the tournament.