February 2, 2016 |
MY TOP four NCAA Tournament seeds if the selections were today. East: North Carolina South: Oklahoma Midwest: Iowa West: Villanova Each tournament selection committee is different, but if there is one common denominator among members through the years, it would be the value of road wins. After all, teams do not play NCAA Tournament games on regular home courts. If the selections were today, Saint Joseph's almost certainly would be in the field because, after winning Saturday at Rhode Island, 64-55, the Hawks (18-3, 7-1 Atlantic 10)
February 1, 2016 |
KINGSTON, R.I. - Isaiah Miles knew he had to stay steady. He'd just been called for a Flagrant 1 foul. The Ryan Center, home of the Rhode Island Rams, was in a pretty good frenzy. Hard for Miles to keep his head? "It's easier, because you know the microscope is on you," said the St. Joseph's senior. "You don't want to do anything dumb and be selfish and jeopardize your team with a loss - because I could have easily gotten into more foul trouble and sat on the bench. Nothing good would have come out of that.
January 31, 2016 |
St. Joseph's at Rhode Island Saturday, 6 p.m. , Ryan Center, Kingston, R.I. TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network/WNTP-AM ( 990). Records: St. Joseph's 17-3 overall, 6-1 Atlantic 10; Rhode Island, 12-8, 4-3. On St. Joseph's: The Hawks have won six in a row and 13 of 14 following Wednesday's 78-70 home win over Massachusetts. Saturday's game begins a stretch when three of the next four games will be on the road. On Rhode Island: The Rams' last six losses have been by six points or fewer, including a 72-67 defeat at St. Joseph's on Jan. 10. What keeps the Rams in most games is their defense.
January 30, 2016 |
Pierfrancesco Oliva is a 6-foot-8 freshman forward for the St. Joseph's Hawks who grew up in Italy and moved to Hackensack, N.J., to play basketball in the United States. As a senior at Bergen Catholic High School, he scored 15.9 points a game, playing center on defense and point guard on offense and helping the team win its first county championship in 12 years. He is part of the Hawks' regular lineup rotation this season, though no one would classify him as a major contributor to their 17-3 record, since he's averaging fewer than five points and five rebounds a game, adjusting to a higher level of the sport.
January 29, 2016 |
WHEN IT GETS to late January and you have been practicing for 100 days and playing for 70, the basketball sometimes will look less than pretty, the end too far away to consider, the grind starting to wear even on teams that have been winning all season. That was Saint Joseph's on Wednesday night at Hagan Arena against a Massachusetts team that had not won since its last trip to Philadelphia on Jan. 3 against La Salle. It was one of those games a team with NCAA Tournament aspirations simply has to win, no matter which way it went down.
January 28, 2016 |
Massachusetts at St. Joseph's Wednesday at 7 p.m. Hagan Arena. Radio: WNTP-AM (990). Records: UMass, 8-10 overall, 1-5 Atlantic 10; St. Joseph's, 16-3, 5-1. On UMass: The Minutemen, who have lost five in a row, are 13th in the 14-team A-10 in scoring defense, allowing an average of 78.8 points per game. During the five-game losing streak they are allowing an average of 86.8 points per game. Senior guard Jabarie Hinds needs 13 points for 1,000 in his career.
January 26, 2016 |
THE HOME TEAM had lost 10 of 11. The visitors had won 11 of 12. Naturally, after 12 minutes late Sunday afternoon at Gola Arena, La Salle led Saint Joseph's, 19-8. The Hawks looked somewhere between uninterested and stuck in a giant snow drift. It was, of course, a mirage. La Salle is doing the best it can with what it has, which isn't nearly enough. It was just a question of when the game was going to turn. When it turned, it turned hard. The Hawks' defense suffocated the Explorers; they got out and began to run. The La Salle lead evaporated rapidly.
January 23, 2016 |
St. Joseph's won 13 games last season. It didn't matter that nine losses were by six points or fewer, with another coming in overtime. That is what happens to teams that aren't good enough. This time around, the Hawks were picked to finish seventh in the Atlantic Ten, which sounded about right. On Wednesday night at the Palestra, in the second game of the 60th anniversary Big Five doubleheader, they improved to 15-3 with a 75-60 win over 6-9 Penn, which had beaten the Hawks three of the last five years.
January 22, 2016 |
HEADING INTO the second game of Wednesday night's Big 5 60th anniversary doubleheader at the Palestra, Mr. Bracketology had Saint Joseph's as one of his first four teams out of the projected NCAA Tournament field. This, for a team picked to finish seventh in the Atlantic 10, with most of the same cast back from a 13-win team that lost a bunch of close ones. And, of course, for whatever that means with seven weeks to go until Selection Sunday. Then again, how many figured the Hawks would even have put themselves into the equation?
January 21, 2016 |
A year ago as a young team looking for an offensive identity, St. Joseph's struggled one season after earning an NCAA tournament bid. Hit hard by graduation, the Hawks went 13-18 and had trouble scoring, averaging 61.7 points. The Hawks lost just one starter from last season, point guard Chris Wilson. But, armed with virtually the same cast, the results have been strikingly different. St. Joseph's has already surpassed last season's win total. The Hawks take a 14-3 record into Wednesday's second game of a Palestra doubleheader against Penn.