OAKLAND, Calif. (12/18/03) - The 11th-ranked Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will appear in the national spotlight when it takes on California (3-3) in the Pete Newell Challenge on Saturday, December 20, at The Arena in Oakland. The game will be televised nationally by College Sports Television and regionally on the East Coast by CN8, beginning at 11 p.m. EST. Click here for game notes, and streaming audio. Gonzaga and Stanford will play in the first game at 6 p.m. Pacific time. The Hawks are taking their perfect 7-0 record to California for the second year in a row. Last season, Saint Joseph's had its seven-game winning streak come to an end at Pacific on Dec. 28. In seeking their eighth straight victory, the Hawks could notch the best start since 1964-65 and the longest in-season winning streak since 2001-02. National Player of the Year candidate Jameer Nelson continues to lead the Hawks with his 19.3 scoring average. Backcourt mate Delonte West, the reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, is right behind, scoring 19.1 points per game. This is the first-ever meeting between Saint Joseph's and California. This marks the seventh year of the Pete Newell Challenge, which has become one of the premier events in college basketball. Past participants have included Kansas, Duke, North Carolina, Michigan and Michigan State. This year's field features four teams which all reached the 2003 NCAA Tournament. The Pete Newell Challenge was created to honor the Hall of Fame legend who won an NIT title (at San Francisco in 1949), an NCAA title (at Cal in 1959) and an Olympic gold medal for the U.S. (1960). Newell, who turned 88 in August, continues to teach men's and women's players through clinics and seminars worldwide at the annual Pete Newell Big Man Camp. The camp marked its 26th year this past summer. This game marks the Hawks' first-ever appearance on College Sports Television. CST V, the first 24-hour college sports network, is available to approximately 15 million homes nationally on cable and satellite. The network is available on Adelphia and Insight cable systems, among others, and is also available on DirecTV (channel 610). The game can be heard via the Saint Joseph's Sports Network on WPEN-Radio (950 AM) with Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi calling the action. Additionally, the game will be broadcast nationally on Sports Byline USA network, Sirius Satellite Radio, American Forces Radio Network and additional stand-alone stations with an audience of nearly 5 million listeners.
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