July 14, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball opponents have been announced for 2008-09, including the Atlantic 10 Conference slate in which the Hawks will play home and away games against local rival Temple, as well as Massachusetts and St. Bonaventure.
The Hawks will play home games only against A-10 opponents Charlotte, Duquesne, George Washington, Rhode Island and Xavier. Each of those games will be played at the historic Palestra, as SJU's Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse is undergoing construction the renovation and expansion project.
Saint Joseph's, which was the 2008 A-10 runner-up, will travel to Dayton, Fordham, Richmond and Saint Louis, while also visiting La Salle at the Palestra.
In 2008-09, the A-10 will play a 16-game Conference schedule, which allows teams to face each opponent once and three teams twice. The top 12 teams in the standings at the conclusion of the regular season will advance to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., for the 2009 Men's Basketball Championship from March 11-14.
In non-conference action, SJU will host Creighton, Cornell, Drexel, Penn, Rider and Siena, and will visit Ball State, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Towson and Villanova.
Saint Joseph's will also participate in the 2008 EA Sports Maui Invitational, from November 24-26 at the Lahaina Civic Center. The tournament features a strong field in its 25th anniversary with SJU being joined by Alabama, Chaminade, Indiana, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon and Texas.