March 13th Team Report

The Sports Xchange takes a look at Saint Joseph's Wednesday NIT game against The University of Northern Iowa. The article also reflects on Saint Joseph's A10 quarterfinal loss to eventual champ Saint Bonaventure.


Hawks draw Northern Iowa in NIT

Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli and his players came away disappointed by their failure to make plays down the stretch of their 71-68 loss to St. Bonaventure in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

But the Hawks will have the opportunity to continue playing after receiving a berth in the 75h anniversary edition of the NIT. The 20-13 Hawks were seeded second in their bracket in the 32-team event and will open play at home against Northern Iowa on March 14.

Northern Iowa is 19-13 after losing to Illinois State in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The Panthers were 9-9 in the league in the regular season.

If the Hawks win, an intriguing matchup against another Philadephia team, Drexel, could be in the making.

If they advance, the Hawks will be home for their second-round game to play the winner of the Drexel-Central Florida game on a date to be determined.

Should No. 1 seed Seton Hall lose in one of its first two games, the Hawks could get a third consecutive game at home where a win would advance them to the NIT semifinals in New York.


Hawks get first postseason invite since 2008

--Saint Joseph's is making its first postseason appearance in a national tourney since 2008, when the Hawks lost a first-round NCAA game to Oklahoma 74-72.

--The Hawks will be making their 15th appearance in the NIT, having last played in the event in 2006. They won a first-round game over Rutgers but then lost to Hofstra in the second round.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We wanted to play tomorrow, that's all." -- Coach Phil Martelli, on his disappointment after the loss to St. Bonaventure in the quarterfinals of the A-10 tournament.


SCOUTING REPORT: Saint Joseph's looks to guards Carl Jones and Langston Galloway for their scoring. They have combined for about 33 points a game, and both are effective from 3-point range. F C.J. Aiken is one of the nation's top shot-blockers with his average of 3.6 a game. Sophomore F Ronald Roberts is extremely effective off the bench, averaging in double-figures for the season.

FUTURES WATCH: You won't necessarily need a program to recognize the Hawks in 2012-13. Just a good memory. St. Joe's had no senior on its roster and figures to go into next season as one of the favorites in the conference.

REGULAR SEASON REVIEW: The Hawks finished off the first two months of the season with a 10-4 record after losing to then 24th-ranked Harvard on New Year's Eve. But they stumbled out of the gate in A-10 play, losing four of their first five conference games. They managed to climb back to 9-7 in the league with a stretch in February that included a win over regular-season A-10 champion Temple.


--Junior G Carl Jones has a streak of 11 consecutive double-figure scoring games working going into the contest against Northern Iowa.

--Sophomore F C.J. Aiken blocked only one shot in the loss to St. Bonaventure in the A-10 tourney quarterfinals, ending his streak of game with at least two at seven.

--Sophomore G Langston Galloway has averaged 16.8 points a game over his last nine contests.

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