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February 23, 2013
Here is how bracketologists Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm see locals men's college basketball teams in the NCAA tournament through Thursday: Joe Lunardi, ESPN La Salle: 11th seed in the East, facing sixth seed UNLV at the Wells Fargo Center. Temple: Meets Baylor in play-in game for the 12th seed in the South to play fifth seed Memphis at San Jose. Villanova: Does not qualify. Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com La Salle: 11th seed in the South, facing sixth seed UNLV at Kansas City.
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March 18, 2008 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
ESPN.com analyst Joe Lunardi was a perfect 65 for 65 in predicting which teams would make it into the NCAA men's basketball tournament, the Web site said. Lunardi is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of St. Joseph's University, where he works as assistant vice president for marketing communications. He also is a radio analyst for the Hawks.
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November 4, 2011
SAINT JOSEPH'S and SportsRadio 610 WIP have announced a new partnership for the airing of Hawks' men's basketball beginning this season. The Saint Joseph's broadcast team of Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi will return for their third season together, while Lunardi is entering his 22nd season as the Hawks' color analyst. WIP will also be the home of head coach Phil Martelli's "HawkTalk" radio show, which will air once a week beginning in January.  
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November 4, 2011 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
St. Joseph's men's basketball games will be broadcast on WIP-AM (610) this season, the school announced Thursday. Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi are back for their third season as the radio team, with Lunardi entering his 22d season as the team's color analyst. The school also said that head coach Phil Martelli's weekly show, Hawk Talk, will also be on WIP-AM. St. Joe's opens its season Nov. 11 at Western Kentucky.   Nelson leads Hall class Former basketball great Jameer Nelson is among eight inductees into the St. Joseph's Athletic Hall of Fame, the school announced.
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March 6, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA FANS had to be encouraged by the latest news from the nation's two foremost bracketologists. Joe Lunardi of ESPN and Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com still have Villanova in the NCAA Tournament, even though the Wildcats lost two consecutive close games. Villanova lost at Seton Hall last Monday, and at then-No. 23 Pittsburgh in overtime on Sunday. Lunardi has 'Nova (18-12) among his "Last Four In" teams, along with Temple. As such, both would open the tournament in the First Four at Dayton, Ohio.
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March 21, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THERE IS NO one better than Joe Lunardi when it comes to predicting which teams will make the NCAA Tournament each year. The nation's one and only bracketologist correctly picked 67 of the 68 teams in this year's Big Dance. When he's not bracketologizing, Lunardi is the assistant vice president for marketing communication at Saint Joseph's University, where he even teaches a non-credit course in bracketology. He also "publishes" a weekly bracket on ESPN.com throughout the season.
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March 17, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
HE ISN'T KNOWN as the nation's premier bracketologist for nothing. On Nov. 12, Joe Lunardi published his first NCAA Tournament bracket. Yesterday, the selection committee revealed the teams that go to the Big Dance. In comparing then and now, it was revealed that Lunardi - 4 months ago - selected 40 of the 68 teams or 58.8 percent. And that includes Northeastern and Robert Morris. Granted, that was down from last year when he correctly penciled in almost 65 percent of the final field early in the season, but it's still noteworthy.
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April 9, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
DOESN'T THIS guy ever rest? Yesterday, Joe Lunardi, the nation's premier bracketologist, posted an early look at next year's NCAA Tournament pairings on ESPN.com. And guess what? Jay Wright's Villanova Wildcats are back as a top seed, this time in the West Region, while Fran Dunphy's Temple Owls are listed as an 11 in the Midwest. And, oh yeah, Lunardi has Lehigh in a play-in game. Two teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference are also No. 1 seeds, but neither is named Duke.
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January 28, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
ONE OF the wildest weeks in local college basketball culminated with some good news for Temple, Villanova and La Salle. As of today, Joe Lunardi, the nation's foremost - and only - bracketologist has all three making the 68-team NCAA Tournament field. Lunardi, who already had Temple in the Big Dance, added the Explorers and Wildcats to the mix. His new bracket will be posted on "Bracketology" on ESPN.com on Tuesday. La Salle (14-5) defeated No. 9 Butler on Wednesday and followed up with a win at No. 19 Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday.
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February 17, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The eminent bracketologist Joe Lunardi just spent a couple of days in Indianapolis as part of a media mock NCAA selection committee that went through the whole process of picking a field for March Madness. That's kind of funny since Lunardi basically does that every day after creating his own, "only in America" industry as ESPN's house bracketologist. The most interesting part of the Indianapolis exercise was how it marked the St. Joseph's Hawks as the very definition of a bubble team.
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April 9, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
DOESN'T THIS guy ever rest? Yesterday, Joe Lunardi, the nation's premier bracketologist, posted an early look at next year's NCAA Tournament pairings on ESPN.com. And guess what? Jay Wright's Villanova Wildcats are back as a top seed, this time in the West Region, while Fran Dunphy's Temple Owls are listed as an 11 in the Midwest. And, oh yeah, Lunardi has Lehigh in a play-in game. Two teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference are also No. 1 seeds, but neither is named Duke.
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March 17, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
HE ISN'T KNOWN as the nation's premier bracketologist for nothing. On Nov. 12, Joe Lunardi published his first NCAA Tournament bracket. Yesterday, the selection committee revealed the teams that go to the Big Dance. In comparing then and now, it was revealed that Lunardi - 4 months ago - selected 40 of the 68 teams or 58.8 percent. And that includes Northeastern and Robert Morris. Granted, that was down from last year when he correctly penciled in almost 65 percent of the final field early in the season, but it's still noteworthy.
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March 16, 2015
Villanova is in and alive for a chance at its first No. 1 NCAA tournament seed since 2006. Temple yo-yoed from on the bubble entering the American Athletic Conference tournament, to almost surely in the field after beating Memphis, to back on the bubble - but how far back? - with its defeat Saturday at the hands of Southern Methodist in the semifinals. Welcome to Selection Sunday, everyone. The fates of about a couple of dozen teams will be determined this day, with a committee of 10 people sitting in Indianapolis doing the seeding and determining which teams will be paired up in each regional.
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March 21, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THERE IS NO one better than Joe Lunardi when it comes to predicting which teams will make the NCAA Tournament each year. The nation's one and only bracketologist correctly picked 67 of the 68 teams in this year's Big Dance. When he's not bracketologizing, Lunardi is the assistant vice president for marketing communication at Saint Joseph's University, where he even teaches a non-credit course in bracketology. He also "publishes" a weekly bracket on ESPN.com throughout the season.
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February 17, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The eminent bracketologist Joe Lunardi just spent a couple of days in Indianapolis as part of a media mock NCAA selection committee that went through the whole process of picking a field for March Madness. That's kind of funny since Lunardi basically does that every day after creating his own, "only in America" industry as ESPN's house bracketologist. The most interesting part of the Indianapolis exercise was how it marked the St. Joseph's Hawks as the very definition of a bubble team.
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March 18, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Temple guard Khalif Wyatt sat in the media room late Friday night, his voice a monotone, a blank stare on his face. His team had just been eliminated in the Atlantic Ten tournament quarterfinals by Massachusetts for the second straight season. It was a game in which he scored 19 points but shot just 4 for 19 from the field. "They did a good job defending me," Wyatt said. "I still had some good looks. Just couldn't put it in. " Wyatt and the Owls were beaten by the Minutemen, 79-74, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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March 15, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
One thing about the resumés of the three Big Five schools in contention for an NCAA bid is that they seem to have quality wins and dreadful losses in almost equal numbers. The prospects for Temple, La Salle, and Villanova in what is likely to be a very crowded group under consideration for the last of the 37 at-large berths in the NCAAs depend on how each of the 10 members of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Committee evaluates good victories and bad defeats. Mike Bobinski, the chair of the committee that convened Wednesday in Indianapolis to begin selecting, seeding, and pairing teams for Sunday's announcement of the field, said quantifying the effects of win-loss results is difficult to do. "Everybody gets to make their determination on their own," Bobinski said Wednesday during a conference call.
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March 10, 2013
Although its hold on its first NCAA tournament invitation in more than two decades remains tenuous, La Salle can all but cement a trip to the dance Saturday by going into one of the toughest arenas in the Atlantic Ten for a visiting team and leaving with a victory. The Explorers (21-7, 11-4) will pay a call on Chaifetz Arena, home of the St. Louis Billikens, in a matchup for seeding since both teams have clinched a first-round bye in next week's A-10 tournament. Believe it or not, a win by the Explorers and a loss by Virginia Commonwealth, the A-10 coleader with St. Louis, at Temple will clinch the top seed for La Salle in the tournament since it would prevail in a three-team tiebreaker because of wins over the Rams and the Billikens.
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