The 2017-18 Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball schedule has been finalized as the Atlantic 10 released its conference slate, which features 117 total national television appearances, across the league’s three media partners: ESPN, CBS Sports Network, and NBCSN.
The Atlantic 10 Conference schedule tips off on Saturday, Dec. 30 with all 14 teams in action. Through the course of league play, there will be 50 televised games, in addition to 14 televised non-conference games as part of the A-10 package. Each of the league’s 14 teams will make at least four appearances on national television, and there are two weekends where every A-10 game will be televised; the weekend of Jan. 12-14 and Jan. 27-28.
Additionally, 11 games of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., will be nationally televised. NBCSN will carry the second round and the quarterfinals, March 8-9, and CBS Sports Network will air the semifinal games on March 10. CBS Sports will broadcast the March 11 final on network television for the ninth straight year as part of Selection Sunday coverage.
The Hawks will open the conference season on the road at George Washington on December 30 before hosting a pair of games against VCU (January 3) and St. Bonaventure (January 6), which will be nationally-televised on ESPNU.
Saint Joseph’s returns to the road for two straight, beginning with a trip to George Mason on January 10. The Hawks then visit Massachusetts on January 14 for a Sunday matchup with the telecast on NBCSN.
Then it’s back home for two games in Hagan Arena as the Hawks take on Dayton in a CBSSN telecast on January 17, followed by a meeting with Fordham on January 20. SJU will visit St. Bonaventure for a CBSSN broadcast on January 24 before taking the traditional break from A-10 play to face Penn at The Palestra on January 27.
The Hawks will play two in a row in Philadelphia, hosting Saint Louis on January 31 and visiting La Salle on February 3 for a CBSSN game. Saint Joseph’s travels to Davidson on February 6 and hosts Massachusetts on February 10.
Saint Joseph’s closes out the regular season by playing three of its final five games at home. The Hawks will host Duquesne on February 17 and George Mason on February 21, before going on the road to Richmond on February 24 and Rhode Island on February 27. The regular-season finale is set for March 3 in Hagan Arena against local rival La Salle.
Saint Joseph’s opens the season on November 11 at Toledo and will play Princeton in the home opener on November 18. SJU will play four straight games in Philadelphia, starting with the November 29 home game against Bucknell. That stretch features the rivalry game with Villanova at home on December 2 on ESPN2 and a visit to Temple on December 9, and closes out with a December 17 matchup with Maine.
The Hawks will participate in the Wooden Legacy Classic in Fullerton, Calif., over Thanksgiving weekend and will take part in the Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase on December 20, playing St. John’s at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Additional regional and local television coverage for Saint Joseph’s, as well as all game times, will be released at a later date.
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ESPN and the Atlantic 10 will once again present A-10 Friday Night Showcase, featuring seven Friday primetime games, six of which will be during conference play. In total, there will be 14 regular season games across ESPN networks, highlighted by eight conference matchups. All A-10 games on the ESPN networks will be streamed via the ESPN app.
CBS Sports Network will carry 27 games, including 21 conference contests, four non-conference games and the two championship semifinals. For the fourth straight year, CBS Sports Network will also produce four A-10 dedicated episodes of its popular college basketball show, Inside College Basketball, branded A-10 Tip-Off, which will air prior to selected conference games. CBS Sports Network will showcase three A-10 doubleheaders on Jan. 23, Jan. 27 and Feb. 27.
NBCSN’s A-10 schedule will feature 33 games, of which 29 are conference matchups or postseason games. There are 21 regular season conference games, plus the Atlantic 10 Championship Second Round and Quarterfinals (eight games). Every NBCSN Atlantic 10 broadcast conference game will be part of a double, triple or quadruple-header. The network opens its Atlantic 10 slate with a tripleheader on Dec. 30. All A-10 games on NBCSN will also be streamed via the NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app.
This marks the fifth year of the long-term television agreement between the A-10 and ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBCSN. Atlantic 10 institutions reside in states that comprise 33.3 million television households, approximately 30 percent of the total national media market. There are nine A-10 institutions in or adjacent to the top 25 media markets in the country.