Atlantic 10 Preseason - Part C

Part C finalizes our tour of Atlantic 10 Conference teams' early schedules and offseason happenings. This story covers Saint Joseph's, Saint Louis, Temple and Xavier. For most teams in the league, the regular season starts tomorrow, Friday, November 14, 2008.

Part A | Part B

Atlantic 10 Conference Preseason Notes - Part C
Through November 13, 2008

Saint Joseph's (21-13, 9-7)

Saint Joseph's did not schedule an exhibition game in the preseason. The Hawks will open the regular season on Friday, along with most A-10 teams, against Rider at the Wachovia Center prior to the Philadelphia Phantoms AHL hockey game. (guess game will be cool - ah, sorry 'bout that)

Rider was 23-11 last season, 13-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and made a trip to the inaugural College Basketball Invitational.

The remainder of the Hawks' homes games will be played at The Palestra, the Penn Quakers' home court and previously the home for all Big 5 games, while the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse is renovated and expanded. The multi-year project is targeted for reopening in 2010. It's new name will be the The Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena.

For more information on The Palestra, apparently also known as the Cathedral of College Basketball, here's the Wikipedia link.

The Hawks will compete in this year's Maui Invitational opening with Texas on Monday, November 24th. Tuesday, SJU will face the winner of the Indiana-Notre Dame contest. The other four teams in this event are Alabama, North Carolina, Oregon and Division II host Chaminade.


  • Apr. 11, 2008: Sophomore guard D.J. Rivera's transfer is announced. He is now at Binghamton.
  • June 23, 2008: Assistant coach Doug Overton, a former La Salle and NBA player, is hired by the New Jersey Nets.
  • July 25, 2008: St. Joe's alum Geoff Arnold is named assistant men's basketball coach, replacing Overton. This will be Arnold's 2nd stint with the Hawks ('93-'96).
  • Aug. 4, 2008: The Saint Joseph's Hawk is one of 6 school reps nominated for the Mascot Hall of Fame 2008 Class. (The sole college inductee is Smokey from the University of Tennessee.)
  • Oct. 6, 2008: SJU announces its 10 appearances on national TV.
  • Oct. 16, 2008: Saint Joseph's extends head coach Phil Martelli's contract through 2016.

Saint Louis (16-15, 7-9)

Saint Louis, with seven true freshmen on the eligible roster -- an eighth, senior Kevin Lisch's younger brother Daniel is redshirting -- took on cross-town rival and NAIA program Harris-Stowe State University and came away with an 86-40 victory in last week's exhibition game at the brand-new 10,600 seat Chaifetz Arena on the SLU campus. The Billikens had previously played at the Scottrade Center in the city.

One of those newcomers, freshman 6-foot-9 forward Willie Reed, led with 17 points while five other Billikens scored either 10 or 11 points each. Another, 5-foot-10 point guard Kwamain Mitchell dished out five assists. Senior 6-foot-4 guard Tommie Liddell had a game-best 11 rebounds. (All A-10 preseason first team selection guard Kevin Lisch played just 2 minutes because of injury.)

SLU opens the season against another city school, Missouri-St. Louis, on Friday, Nov. 14th, in the inaugural regular season basketball game at Chaifetz.

UMSL is a Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference program. The Tritons were 10-17 in 2007-08. (This is an exhibition game for UMSL.)


  • Apr. 11, 2008: Sophomore forward Adam Knollmeyer, redshirt freshman guard Dustin Maguire and freshmen forwards Anthony Mitchell and Marcus Relphorde were "granted their release to transfer."
    • Mo. native Knollmeyer moved on to Missouri University of Science and Technology joining his brother Jonathan who also transferred to the Division II school.
    • Maguire transferred to Div. II Northern Kentucky. He scored 33 points in NKU's exhibition game with Louisville.
    • Mitchell is at Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill. He is recovering from March '08 knee surgery.
    • Relphorde is playing for Indian Hills Community College in Iowa.
  • Apr. 16, 2008: Assistant coach Angres Thorpe took the same job at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
  • July 1, 2008: Assistant coach Paul Biancardi took job as the National Recruiting Director of High School/College Basketball for ESPN.
  • July 22, 2008: Chris Harriman, formerly an assistant coach at Div. II Nova Southeastern University in Florida, named asst. coach at SLU.
  • Nov. 5, 2008: Porter Moser promoted to associate head coach.
    • Other staff moves: Alex Jensen promoted from senior graduate manager to assistant coach, Matt Gordon replaces Sean Harrington as director of basketball operations and Terrence Rencher is senior grad. manager.

Temple (21-13, 11-5)

Temple also did not schedule an exhibition game this season. The Owls open the regular season schedule Friday, Nov. 14th at 3:00 p.m. against East Tennessee State of the Atlantic Sun Conference in the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C.'s new Carolina First Arena.

The Owls will play either host College of Charleston or SIU Edwardsville Saturday with another game on Sunday. The other 4 teams in the tourney are Clemson, Hofstra, TCU, and Western Michigan.

The Buccaneers were 19-13, 8-8 in league play last season. ETSU was picked for second in preseason coaches poll, third in the media poll. Senior guard Courtney Pigram is the coaches' pick for preseason Player of the Year. Last year, he led the team with 15.8 points per game. (Duquesne's future foe, South Carolina Upstate, is in its first season in the Atlantic Sun.)


  • Coach Fran Dunphy will have the services of two players from last season's roster who did not play in 2007-08, both will be redshirt freshmen: 6-foot-4 guard Ramone Moore and 6-foot-9 forward Michael Eric from Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Aug. 27, 2008: Senior Dionte Christmas named top returning player in the Atlantic 10 Conference by College
  • Oct. 6, 2008: Temple will have nine regular season games on national television.
  • Oct. 27, 2008: Two more games added to national TV schedule for total of 11.
  • Nov. 5, 2008: Three more TV games; now 15 on television, 13 nationally. (Includes Sun. Feb. 15, 2009, game at Duquesne on CBS College Sports (formerly CSTV).)
  • Nov. 7, 2008: Senior guard Dionte Christmas named to John R. Wooden Award watch list.
  • Nov. 13, 2008: Senior center Sergio Olmos suffered a sprain to his right ankle during practice on Wednesday and is questionable for the Owls' Friday opener.

Xavier (30-7, 14-2)

Xavier was tested in its one exhibition game last week. The Musketeers edged Division II University of Findlay (located about 150 miles north of Cincy), 76-73. The Oilers came back from a 17-point second half deficit and got within 2 in the final minute.

Senior swingman B.J. Raymond had a team-best 17 points. Junior forward Derrick Brown had a game-best 7 rebounds and 6-6 senior wing C.J. Anderson had 7 assists.

The Muskies open the season Friday against the Summit League's IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne) at the 10,250 seat Cintas Center. The Mastodons were 13-18 last season and are picked for 5th in the Summit. (Another team in this league is IUPUI: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.)

Xavier will play in the San Juan Puerto Rico Tip-Off with their first game vs Missouri on Thurs., Nov. 20th. Friday the opponent will be either Virgina Tech or Fairfield. The other 4 teams are Memphis, Seton Hall, Chattanooga and USC.


  • Sophomore forward Jamel McLean. a 6-foot-8 transfer from Tulsa, will be eligible this season. He averaged 6.0 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 55.8 percent from the field as a freshman in 2006-07.
  • Apr. 11, 2008: Announced junior forward Charles Bronson will transfer. He's now at NAIA Division I Pikesville College in Kentucky.
  • Apr. 23, 2008: Xavier extended head coach Sean Miller's contract through 2018.
  • June 12, 2008: McLean will play in Taiwan in July with Athletes in Action.
  • June 18, 2008: Kenny Frease, a 7-foot-0, 265-pound freshman from Perry High School in Massillon, Ohio, named to the USA Elite National U19 Team.
  • July 23, 2008: Travis Steele will be the program's Director of Basketball Operations replacing Bill Comar, who is now an assistant coach at Loyola University Chicago. Steve Struble, a Slippery Rock grad., named as the Graduate Program Assistant.
      In case you missed it, former Duquesne player and coach Kenya Hunter, who came to XU from NC State when Sean Miller took over for Skip Prosser, is in his 2nd season at Georgetown.
  • July 24, 2008: Xavier signed a multi-year contract with FSN Ohio.
  • July 24, 2008: names Xavier the 17th best program in NCAA Division I over the past 24 seasons.
  • July 28, 2008: Jordan Crawford, a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard is transferring to XU from Indiana. Crawford averaged 9.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a freshman.
  • Aug. 4, 2008: James Posey ('99) named to the Xavier Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2008. Posey is in his 9th NBA season with the New Orleans Hornets, along with fellow XU alum and National Collegiate Player of the Year David West and Duquesne alum Mike James.
  • Aug. 15, 2008: Rising junior 6-foot-4 guard Adrion Graves asked for his release. He averaged 1.9 points and 1.0 rebounds last season. Graves is now at Bowling Green with 2nd year coach Louis Orr.
  • Aug. 21, 2008: Xavier basketball billboards debut.
  • Oct. 27, 2008: Xavier announces every 08-09 regular season game will be televised.
  • Oct. 28, 2008: Xavier picked to win third straight A-10 title.
  • Nov. 7, 2008: Junior forward Derrick Brown named to Wooden Award Watch list,

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