Feb. 6, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - The super weekend in Philadelphia stretches into Monday as one of the most intense rivalries in college basketball - Saint Joseph's vs. Villanova - is showcased nationally from The Palestra. The 8 p.m. game between the Hawks and #24 Wildcats will be part of ESPN2's "Rivalry Week".
ABOUT THE HAWKS: The Hawks have won three in a row and four of the last five. SJU defeated Duquesne on Saturday to move to 8-1 in the Atlantic 10 and at 11-8, is three games above .500 for the first time all season. Saint Joseph's enters tonight's Big 5 matchup with a 1-1 City Series record.
ABOUT THE WILDCATS: Villanova is ranked 24th and owns a 13-5 record. The Wildcats are coming off an 89-81 win over Providence on Saturday night. VU owns a 2-1 Big 5 record, with wins over La Salle and Penn and a loss to Temple.
TV/RADIO: The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 as part of "Rivalry Week", with Dan Shulman and Len Elmore calling the action. The Saint Joseph's Sports Network will broadcast the game on WPEN Radio (950 AM) with the team of Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi. McCarthy is in his second year as play-by-play announcer and Lunardi is in his 15th as the Hawks' color analyst. The contest can also be heard via streaming audio on the Saint Joseph's website at www.sjuhawks.com.
NEXT GAME: Sat. Feb. 12 vs. Temple, The Palestra, Noon, Comcast SportsNet
SERIES HISTORY: All-Time Series: VU 38-24 Last Meeting: 2/2/04, SJU 74-67 Last SJU Win: 2/2/04, 74-67 Last VU Win: 1/28/02, 102-73 SJU Streak: 2 wins Coach Martelli vs. Villanova: 2-5
SJU has won the last two in this rivalry... The third-ranked Hawks scored a 74-67 win last season at the Pavilion for their 19th straight victory as Jameer Nelson and Delonte West combined for 44 points... In the last meeting here at the Palestra (2/3/04), SJU posted a 92-75 win.
LAST TIME OUT: Saint Joseph's used the hot shooting of Pat Carroll to take a quick double digit lead en route to the 83-60 romp over Duquesne. Carroll scored 11 points in the first six minutes to give the Hawks an 18-7 lead. By the six-minute mark of the first half, SJU held a 37-13 edge, and then a 46-23 halftime lead to coast the rest of the way. The Hawks shot 56.7 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes and made 8-of-14 3-point attempts. Carroll finished the game making 10-of-13 from the field and 8-of-10 from long range to notch 28 points. Dwayne Jones had 10 points and 14 rebound while Chet Stachitas added 11 points.
MILESTONES IN SIGHT: Pat Carroll needs just 16 points to reach 1,000 in his career. Entering tonight's game with 984 points, Carroll will become the 42nd player in Hawk history to do so. The senior also needs just eight 3-point field goals to set the SJU career record. He now has 224 to rank fourth on the all-time list. Current assistant coach Mark Bass is third with 225, Jameer Nelson has 229 and Marvin O'Connor holds the record with 231.
CITING CARROLL: Pat Carroll was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week for Feb. 5 for the second week in a row. The lefthander shot a sizzling 64 percent from the field on the week (16-for-25) and 68.8 percent from 3-point range (11-for-16). He averaged 24.5 points per game in the Hawks' two wins, scoring 21 at St. Bonaventure and 28 vs. Duquesne. It is the fourth time in his career that he's earned the A-10's weekly honor.
PAT'S POINTS: Enough can't be said about the play of Pat Carroll over the last few weeks, but here's a few more items from the last 3 games (Xavier, SBU, Duquesne): averaging 26.0 points in the past 3 games shooting 62.5% (25-40) from the field hitting 66.7% (18-27) from 3-point range
BIG NUMBERS: The Hawks have averaged only 60 points per game all year, but have totalled 178 points in the past two wins.