March 14, 2016 |
NEW YORK - After being picked to finish seventh, St. Joseph's had a chance to win the Atlantic Ten regular-season title. Instead, the Hawks lost their last two games, including at home to a Duquesne team that hadn't won in a month. Now, they are one win away from earning a second conference tournament championship in three years. "Well, I'll trade you 100 times out of 100 for the feeling now as opposed to last Saturday at 6:30," coach Phil Martelli said after his team's 82-79 victory over top-seeded Dayton in the first half of a semifinal doubheader Saturday at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
March 13, 2016
St. Joseph's vs. Dayton, 1:30 p.m. in Brooklyn. TV: CBS-SN Temple vs. Connecticut, 3 p.m. in Orlando, Fla. TV: ESPN2 Villanova vs. Seton Hall, 5:30 p.m. in New York. TV: Fox29
February 29, 2016 |
St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli won't allow his basketball team to be fooled by the numbers when the Hawks host St. Louis in an Atlantic Ten matchup on Sunday. St. Joseph's is 23-5, 12-3 in the A-10. The Hawks enter the weekend tied for first place with Dayton and VCU with three games left. Dayton hosts Rhode Island and VCU visits George Washington on Saturday. St. Louis (10-17, 5-10) is a young team, with just one senior, 6-foot-4 Ash Yacoubou, who is averaging a team-high 11.9 points per game for a team that has struggled offensively.
February 21, 2016
St. Joseph's at Davidson Saturday, 2 p.m. John M. Belk Arena, Davidson, N.C. TV/Radio: NBC Sports Network/WFIL-AM (560). Records: St. Joseph's, 22-4 overall, 11-2 Atlantic 10; Davidson, 15-9, 7-6. On St. Joseph's: Wednesday's 79-70 win over No. 15 Dayton moved the Hawks into a three-way tie for first place with Dayton and VCU. With a 9-0 record on the road, the Hawks are the lone Division I team unbeaten on the road. On Davidson: The Wildcats defeated visiting Richmond, 83-79, on Wednesday despite playing without three key players due to illness - Jack Gibbs, Jordan Barnham and Matt Williams.
February 19, 2016 |
ON HIS WAY into Hagan Arena Wednesday evening, Phil Martelli said a Saint Joseph's student yelled to him. "We're in the tourney!" the student shouted, according to the coach, who is in his 21st season on City Avenue. "You're right, we're in the Atlantic 10 Tourney. I know that for a fact," Martelli said back. The student, of course, was talking about the 68-team NCAA Tournament. The one the Hawks missed out on last season, after getting in by winning the A-10 Tournament in 2014.
February 18, 2016 |
No. 15 Dayton at St. Joseph's Wednesday, 6 p.m., Hagan Arena. TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network. Records: Dayton, 21-3 overall, 11-1 Atlantic 10; St. Joseph's, 21-4, 10-2. On Dayton: The Flyers have won nine in a row since suffering a 61-57 loss at La Salle. On St. Joseph's: The Hawks' 21 wins are the most through 25 games since the 2003-04 team went 27-0 during the regular season. Insights If Dayton has three double-figure scorers it could be a difficult night for St. Joseph's.
January 11, 2016 |
For much of Saturday's contest between La Salle and No. 25 Dayton, there was no action. Players were standing still for chunks of time - by design. The undermanned Explorers were forced into a slow, methodical game plan, but it worked. La Salle snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 61-57 win over the Flyers at Tom Gola Arena. La Salle (5-8, 1-2 Atlantic Ten) had just seven scholarship players available for the game, so it went back to the plan it used to start the season 4-0. At the start of almost every possession, an Explorers guard dribbled until the shot clock reached around 10 seconds, with no intention of making a play.
April 8, 2015 |
The national controversy that clouded the run-up to a Final Four that concluded Monday night in Indianapolis wasn't the first collision between basketball and civil-rights politics. In Louisiana in 1956, as in Indiana 59 years later, a four-team basketball tournament involving a favored Kentucky team was engulfed in a political storm, though the divisive issue then was race and not sexual preference. And as in Indiana, where a recent religious-freedom law was widely seen as discriminatory against homosexuals, the Louisiana dispute involved changing cultural mores, a conservative legislature, worried civic and business leaders and, ultimately, government intervention that saved the event.
April 2, 2015 |
IN THE final game of the regular season, in March of 1985, Villanova got pounded at Pittsburgh. It was so bad that coach Rollie Massimino benched his starters for almost the entire second half. Even after winning a game at the Big East Tournament, that Pitt game still lingered. The Wildcats were a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and expectations were low. Then when they saw their first game in the bracket - against Dayton, at Dayton - the expectations were non-existent. But then it began - a last-minute win over Dayton followed by the felling of mighty Michigan, No. 2 in the nation.
March 13, 2015 |
ONE GAME can do a lot to the psyche of a college athlete. At least that's what La Salle is hoping proves true as it begins play in the Atlantic 10 Tournament today at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The ninth-seeded Explorers tip off with No. 8 Massachusetts at noon. And they're hoping the game that preceded it has a lot of affect on today's outcome and beyond. That game, of course, is La Salle's 55-53 victory Saturday over second-seeded Dayton - a team that was just outside the Top 25 last week - on Senior Night at Tom Gola Arena.