SAINT JOSEPH’S HAWKS (13-17; 6-11 A-10) at VCU RAMS (24-6; 15-2 A-10)
  March 8, 2019 • 9 p.m. • ESPN2
  Siegel Center • Richmond, Va.

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THE MATCHUP
Current SJU Streak: 1 loss
Series vs. VCU: VCU leads 6-5
Last Meeting: 1/3/18, SJU 87-81 ot
Coaches (years/record at school): Phil Martelli - 24th Year (443-326); Mike Rhoades - 2nd Year (42-21)
Teams’ Leading Scorers: Charlie Brown, Jr. - 19.0 ppg; Marcus Evans - 13.9 ppg

THE HAWKS
• Saint Joseph's was edged by Rhode Island, 86-85, in overtime in the home finale. Jared Bynum had 19 points and seven assists for SJU
Charlie Brown, Jr., is the leading scorer in the A-10 with 19.0 points per game and is second in conference games with 17.5 points per game
• Freshman Jared Bynum continues to top the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.5) while the Hawks rank fourth in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (9.3). Bynum also ranks third in the A-10 in minutes in conference games, averaging 37.9 per game
• The Hawks lead the A-10 in free throw percentage in conference games at 76.1 percent
• This is SJU’s fourth Friday night game of the year. They previously defeated Saint Louis at home and lost to Saint Louis and Davidson on the road. It is also the Hawks’ third game with a tip-off after 9 p.m., with the loss at Davidson and win at Fordham being the previous late-night starts
• Saint Joseph’s awaits the final Atlantic 10 games on Saturday to determine its seeding and opponent for next week’s conference championship at the Barclays Center, which was the site of SJU’s last two conference titles (2014, 2016)

FAMILY REUNION
• There will be a Martelli on each bench this evening with head coach Phil Martelli on SJU’s and his son, Jimmy, on the other bench, as VCU’s second-year director of operations
• Martelli’s oldest son, Phil, Jr., is also following in his dad’s footsteps, and is in his 13th season as a college assistsant coach, and currently at Bryant University

CLOSE CALLS
• SJU’s last two A-10 defeats have come by a one-point margin, with the most recent being the 86-85 overtime loss to Rhode Island on Wednesday
• The Hawks also saw UMass rally to an 80-79 win on Feb. 23 in Amherst

AT THE LINE
• Saint Joseph’s is averaging 20 free throws made in the last four games, shooting 80-for-101 (79.2 percent)

ADDING THEM UP
Charlie Brown has surpassed the 500-point mark for the season (550) and now has 947 points in 50 career games
• His season point total is tied for 22nd on SJU’s all-time list, matching the total achieved by current Atlanta Hawk DeAndre’ Bembry in 2015-16

CARING FOR THE BALL
• Saint Joseph’s ranks third in the nation in turnovers per game (9.3) and third in fewest turnovers (277)
• The Hawks are in good company as the top three teams are Michigan, Wisconsin and Virginia, each averaging 9.2 per game

LOOKING AHEAD
• The 2019 Atlantic 10 Championship begins at the Barclays Center with opening round games on March 13 and running through March 17 - TICKETS

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