The Bearcats will be heading out west to Spokane, Washington. They landed the 9th seed in the West Region and will face the Saint Joseph Hawks who landed the 8th seed. They will play on Friday at 9:57 so the Bearcats shouldn’t have to worry about the time zone difference affecting them.
I’m going to do a quick breakdown of the Hawks so people who follow us won’t be blindsided on Friday.
The Hawks record
St. Joes won the Atlantic 10 tournament and sported a record of 27-7 overall and 13-5 in conference.
Hawks key players
St. Joes has three players who averaged double figures in scoring, but they have two heavy hitters. Swingmen Isaish Miles and DeAndre’ Bembry can just flat out get it done on the court. Miles averaged a team high 18.4 points, team high 8.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks, while shooting 52.8 from the field and 38.8% from three. Bembry averaged 17.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 48.1% from the field. Out of the two Bembry is less of the three point marksmen and not as good at the foul line. I’m pretty sure the UC scout coaches know this.
The other player who averages double digits is Aaron Brown at 10.3 points.
Hawks Head Coach
Phil Martelli has been on the Hawks bench for 21 years. He has an overall record of 402-272 and 17-12 in the postseason (NCAA and NIT). He has led his team to the postseason 13 times in his career. Martelli has been four time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and once Consensus National Coach of the Year.
Overall Series breakdown (per GoBearcats)
The Bearcats and Hawks have met four times on the hardwood, but not since 1969. UC holds a 3-1 edge, and won the first three games in the series, a 100-78 matchup in Philadelphia on Feb. 8, 1958, a 123-79 game in Armory Fieldhouse on Dec. 11, 1959 and an 86-77 win on Dec. 28, 1959 in the neutral site Holiday Festival where the Bearcats were the No. 1 team in the nation. Saint Joseph’s had a 109-92 win on Dec. 27, 1969 at the neutral site Holiday Festival.