Dec. 16, 2009
PHILADELPHIA - The 2003-04 Saint Joseph's men's basketball team, which reached the NCAA Elite Eight, was named the "Best Single-Season Team" by SI.com, in its review of the decade that is now coming to a close.
The website stated, "St. Joe's didn't quite pull off a championship, but the Hawks, led by incandescent point guard Jameer Nelson, became the first team to complete a perfect regular season since UNLV in 1991".
The Hawks went 27-0 during the regular season and advanced to the Regional Finals in East Rutherford, N.J., before falling to Oklahoma State, 64-62. SJU was ranked number-one in the nation and was a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. Phil Martelli and Jameer Nelson were the Consensus National Coach of the Year and Player of the Year.
Nelson was also named as a reserve on the "All-Decade Team". SI.com stated, "The Hawks' undefeated regular season in 2003-04 is one of the decade's most enduring achievements, and no player was more responsible for it than Nelson, the pint-sized point guard who made the team run".
Earlier this year, The Sporting News named Nelson to its "All-Decade First Team".