The Saint Joseph's men's basketball season tips off on Friday night, November 9, when the Hawks host Old Dominion at Hagan Arena. Game time is approximately 7:30 p.m., following the Saint Joseph's women's basketball game against Temple (5 p.m. start). 

The evening will feature the return of "Fan Fest" beginning at 6 p.m. With rain in the forecast, the Pepsi Fan Fest and Beer Garden will open inside the Multipurpose Room (Rec Center) at halftime of the women's game. Music, interactive games, extensive food and beverage offerings, and photo booths will remain open between games and through halftime of the men's contest. FAN GUIDE

November 9, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • ESPN+
Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena • Philadelphia, Pa.

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Series vs. ODU: SJU leads 8-4
Last Meeting:  11/22/15, SJU 66-64
Coaches (record at school): Phil Martelli - 24th Year (430-309); Jeff Jones - 6th Year (115-58)
Teams' Leading Scorers: Taylor Funk - 11.8 ppg (from ‘17-18); Ahmad Caver - 24.0 ppg (current season)

• Although SJU lost its top two scorers from last season (Shavar Newkirk, James Demery), the Hawks welcome back two of the leaders from 2016-17 - Lamarr Kimble and Charlie Brown, Jr.- who were both sidelined for the 2017-18
• Saint Joseph's leading returning scorer from last year is sophomore Taylor Funk (11.8 ppg), while top rebounder Pierfrancesco Oliva (6.8 rpg) is also back
• In 2017-18, SJU won seven of its last nine games to end the year at 16-16. The Hawks posted a 10-8 record in conference play to earn the fourth seed in the tournament, and reached the A-10 Semifinals, falling three points short of the championship game
• Tonight's matchup features teams that were picked at the top of their respective conferences in preseason polls. The Hawks were voted second in the Atlantic 10's poll while Old Dominion was picked to finish third in Conference USA
• Saint Joseph's is 10-3 in season openers in the past 13 years, winning five of the last seven. The Hawks lost at Toledo last season, and suffered an even bigger loss when guard Lamarr Kimble re-injured his foot and was subsequently sidelined for the rest of the year
• This season, the Hawks are wearing a patch on their uniforms with “McK” to honor former coach Jack McKinney, who passed away in September 

• Saint Joseph's is picked second in the A-10 Preseason Poll, which is the highest for the Hawks since the 2012-13, when they were tabbed first
• Last year's squad was picked third in the poll, and despite two key injuries, finished fourth in the league and reached the semifinals while posting a 16-16 overall record
• Lamarr Kimble and Charlie Brown, Jr., were each named to the 2018-19 Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference Third Team

• Two of SJU's leading scorers from two seasons ago — Lamarr Kimble and Charlie Brown, Jr. — will be making their return to the court this season
• Kimble, who averaged 15.5 points per game in 2016-17, re-injured his left foot in the 2017-18 season opener and missed the remainder of the season. Kimble originally suffered the fracture in February of 2017 which caused him to miss the final seven games of the year
• Brown never got his 2017-18 season underway as he fractured his left wrist in preseason practice. He underwent surgery and was sidelined for the whole year. As a freshman, Brown averaged 12.8 points per game to earn a spot on the 2017 A-10 All-Rookie Team

• The Hawks will host Monmouth on Monday night at 7 p.m. before heading to the Myrtle Beach Invitational for games on November 15, 16 and 18

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