March 12, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (17-12) will begin play in the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship against seventh-seeded Xavier (17-13) on Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The game will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.
The winner of the SJU-Xavier game will advance to meet second-seeded VCU, which earned a first-round bye, in the quarterfinals on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
The game will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network. It will also be broadcast on SportsRadio 610 WIP with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. Audio streaming of the game will be available on SJUHawks.com free of charge. LISTEN LIVE
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Saint Joseph's finished the regular season winning two of the last three. The Hawks ended the regular season with a 52-40 loss at Charlotte. Carl Jones continues to climb the all-time scoring list and now has 1,784 points to rank fourth in SJU history, needing just five points to surpass Ahmad Nivins (2005-09) and move into third place. With 206 three-pointers in his career, he ranks sixth on the all-time list (more on pg. 5). This is SJU's 31st consecutive appearance in the Atlantic 10 Tournament and the Hawks have won two straight openers in the tournament and six of their last seven. If the Hawks advance, they will meet second-seeded VCU in Friday's quarterfinals (6:30 pm). That game would be televised in Philadelphia on The Comcast Network.
BOTH ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM: The Hawks went from scoring 80-plus points in two consecutive games to just 40 points in the regular-season finale at Charlotte. The Hawks shot 29.2 percent in the game and 13.6 percent from three-point range for their lowest point total since Feb. 6, 2007, a 56-39 loss at Villanova.
TOURNAMENT FIXTURE: The Hawks have qualified for 31 consecutive Atlantic 10 Tournaments, and have played in every one since joining the league in 1981-82.
FOR OPENERS: SJU owns a 12-3 all-time record in Atlantic 10 First Round games, and scored an 80-64 win over Charlotte last year at Hagan Arena. The Hawks are seeking their third consecutive berth in the conference quarterfinals.
TOURNEY TALES: Saint Joseph's has posted a 33-28 all-time record in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Hawks have reached the championship game five times (1986, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2008).
REPEAT PERFORMANCE: The Hawks have already played here at the Barclays Center, with their appearance in the 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in November. SJU defeated #20 Notre Dame in overtime, 79-70, and then lost to Florida State, 73-65. Among the memorable efforts from the Notre Dame win were 21 points and 16 rebounds from Ronald Roberts; Chris Wilson scoring a career-high 19 points; and Langston Galloway scoring 13 points, but losing a tooth while going for a loose ball. Roberts would go on to earn All-Tournament honors.
HAWKS' HOMECOMING: The trip to Brooklyn will be a homecoming of sorts for three Hawks. Senior walk-on Christopher Coyne is from Brooklyn and played at Xavier High School. Junior Halil Kanacevic is from nearby Staten Island (Curtis H.S.) and although Ronald Roberts, Jr. is not from New York, he is closer than most, hailing from Bayonne, N.J. (Saint Peter's Prep).
EXTRA WORK: Saint Joseph's went into overtime in two games this year and owns a 1-1 record. The first was against #20 Notre Dame here at the Barclays Center in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, which was a 79-70 win. The Hawks then fell to #22 VCU in overtime, 92-86, on the road.
THIS TIME LAST YEAR: In last year's A-10 Tournament, the Hawks were the fifth seed and defeated 12th-seeded Charlotte, 80-64, in the opening round at Hagan Arena. Carl Jones had 23 points to lead four Hawks in double figures. SJU then went to Atlantic City for the quarterfinals to face fourth-seeded St. Bonaventure, and fell in a heartbreaker, 71-68, to the eventual league champion. Jones again led the Hawks' scoring with 24 points in a contest that had 24 lead changes and nine ties.
RACKING THEM UP: Ronald Roberts, Jr. became the 29th Hawk to surpass 600 rebounds in his career and now has 603. He also went over the 900-point mark vs. Rhode Island and currently has 916 career points. C.J. Aiken also scored his 900th point recently and now totals 923.
PLANTING THE SEED: This is SJU's lowest seed in the A-10 Tournament since the Hawks were 12th in 2011 with a 4-12 record. That squad defeated George Washington in overtime on the road and then upset fourth-seeded Duquesne in overtime in the quarterfinals in Atlantic City. The Hawks took ninth-seeded Dayton to the wire in the semifinals, before losing, 64-61.
DEE-FENSE: The Hawks currently lead the A-10 in field goal percentage defense at 40.5 percent. SJU has limited its foes to shooting under 40 percent 17 times in 29 games.
MODEL CITIZEN: Langston Galloway is one of 20 college basketball student-athletes to be named to the inaugural Allstate NABC Good Works Team® and Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®, as announced by The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company. The award recognizes a unique group of men's and women's college basketball student-athletes who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement. Galloway and the other men's players will make a trip to the 2013 NCAA Final Four in Atlanta and participate in a community service project there. Over the years, Galloway has done community service, including collecting sneakers and shoes for the needy and working with his parents to raise donations for the Heroes Program, which helps high school students take college preparation courses.
LEGENDARY HAWK: Former SJU great Mike Bantom will be the school's men's basketball representative in the inaugural Atlantic 10 Legends Program and will be honored on Saturday. One of the greatest post players in SJU history, he earned All-America honors in 1972-73. The three-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference selection ranks as the Hawks' second leading all-time rebounder with 1,151 and is ninth in career points with 1,684. He averaged a double-double in his career with 20.0 points and 13.7 rebounds. He was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the first round (8th pick) of the 1973 NBA Draft, and tallied over 8,500 points and 4,500 rebounds in a nine-year NBA career with five different teams. Bantom capped his career as a member of the 1982 Philadelphia 76ers team that reached the NBA Finals. He played professionally in Italy, and was the only SJU player to be a member of the U.S. Olympic Team, with his participation in the 1972 Summer Games. He was inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame (1979) and the SJU Basketball Hall of Fame (1981). He was also inducted into the Saint Joseph's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000 and had his uniform number (44) retired by SJU on March 1, 2003.
LOOKING AHEAD: If the Hawks defeat Xavier to advance to the quarterfinals, they will meet second-seeded VCU on March 15 at 6:30 p.m. VCU defeated the Hawks in overtime, 92-86, earlier this year in Richmond.
TICKETS: A limited supply of All-Session Tickets can be purchased through the Hawk Ticket Office. Ticket packages cost $175. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order. (SJU seating will be situated behind the Hawk bench in Section 7.)
Single Game Tickets should be purchased directly through Ticketmaster, the Barclays Center or by calling 800-745-3000.
- Barclays Center Seating Chart