Saint Joseph's Hawks men's basketball

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Saint Joseph's Hawks
2014–15 Saint Joseph's Hawks men's basketball team
Saint Joseph's Hawks athletic logo
UniversitySaint Joseph's University
ConferenceA-10
LocationPhiladelphia, PA
Head coachPhil Martelli (20th year)
ArenaMichael J. Hagan '85 Arena
(Capacity: 4,200)
NicknameHawks
Colors

Crimson and Gray

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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NCAA Tournament Final Four
1961
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1961, 1981, 2004
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1981, 1997, 2004
NCAA Tournament appearances
1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2014
Conference tournament champions
1981, 1982, 1986, 1997, 2014
Conference regular season champions
1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1986, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
 
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Saint Joseph's Hawks
2014–15 Saint Joseph's Hawks men's basketball team
Saint Joseph's Hawks athletic logo
UniversitySaint Joseph's University
ConferenceA-10
LocationPhiladelphia, PA
Head coachPhil Martelli (20th year)
ArenaMichael J. Hagan '85 Arena
(Capacity: 4,200)
NicknameHawks
Colors

Crimson and Gray

            
Uniforms
Kit body thinsidesonwhite.png
Home jersey
Kit shorts.png
Team colours
Home
Kit body thinwhitesides.png
Away jersey
Kit shorts.png
Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1961
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1961, 1981, 2004
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1981, 1997, 2004
NCAA Tournament appearances
1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2014
Conference tournament champions
1981, 1982, 1986, 1997, 2014
Conference regular season champions
1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1986, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

The Saint Joseph's Hawks men's basketball team represents Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Its home court is the Hagan Arena. The team's only Final Four appearance in 1961 was removed from the NCAA records due to a gambling scandal.[1] Through the years they have produced a number of NBA players. Saint Joseph's most bitter rivalry is with the Villanova Wildcats. Other rivals include the Temple Owls, the La Salle Explorers, the Penn Quakers, all of the Big 5.

History[edit]

Men's basketball is the most popular sport at Saint Joseph's University. The Hawks have competed in nineteen NCAA Tournaments (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2014) and sixteen NIT Tournaments (1956, 1958,1964, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2012, 2013). They have made one Final Four (though their 3rd place finish was later revoked by the NCAA,[2] two Elite Eights, and seven Sweet Sixteens. The team is currently led by coach Phil Martelli. Throughout the school's history, 29 different players have been drafted into the NBA. The Hawks have been ranked 67 times in their history, 41 of which have been in the top 10.[3] In 1981, SJU upset No. 1 DePaul to reach the Sweet 16 and eventually the Elite 8.

Perfect regular season[edit]

The 2003–2004 Saint Joseph's University Hawks were the last Division I College Basketball team to finish the Regular Season undefeated before the Wichita State Shockers did so with a dominating 68-45 win over Missouri State. Saint Joseph's ended the regular season with a 27–0 record and secured a No. 1 national ranking and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.[4] Saint Joseph's University's basketball team was ranked 43rd best of all-time by Smith & Street's magazine in 2005.[5]

During the 2003–2004 season, the Saint Joseph's Hawks went undefeated (27–0) during the regular season, The Hawks were led by a backcourt of Jameer Nelson and Delonte West, both of whom were drafted in the 1st round of the 2004 NBA draft. The Hawks ended the regular season with a No. 1 ranking nationally and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. After beating Liberty, Texas Tech and #17 Wake Forest, St. Joe's made it to the East Regional Final in the NCAA tournament. They would lose to #4 Oklahoma State in the last seven seconds of the game. Nelson was named National Player of the Year while coach Phil Martelli was named Coach of the Year. In 2009, the 2004 Hawks were named the best single-season team of the decade by Sports Illustrated.[6]

Saint Joseph's University hosted first and second round games of the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The games were played at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 19 and March 21.

In 2009, the 2004 Hawks were named the best single-season team of the decade by Sports Illustrated.[7]

Current[edit]

The Hawks most recently made it to the NCAA Tournament in 2014. During the 2008–2009 season, St. Joe's played its home games at the Palestra while its new home arena was renovated. Saint Joseph's defeated Rider University in its first game at the Wachovia Center.

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Hawks have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 20 times. Their combined record is 18–24.

YearSeedRoundOpponentResult
1959Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
West Virginia
Navy
L 92–95
L 56–70
1960Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Duke
West Virginia
L 56–58
L 100–106
1961Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Princeton
Wake Forest
Ohio State
Utah
W 72–67
W 96–86
L 69–95
W 127–1204OT
1962Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Wake Forest
NYU
L 85–96OT
L 85–94
1963First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Princeton
West Virginia
Duke
W 82–81OT
W 97–88
L 59–73
1965First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Connecticut
Providence
NC State
W 67–61
L 73–81OT
L 81–103
1966First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Providence
Duke
Davidson
W 65–48
L 74–76
W 92–76
1969First RoundDuquesneL 52–74
1971First RoundVillanovaL 75–93
1973First RoundProvidenceL 76–86
1974First RoundPittsburghL 42–54
1981#9First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#8 Creighton
#1 DePaul
#5 Boston College
#3 Indiana
W 59–57
W 49–48
W 42–41
L 46–78
1982#6First Round#11 NortheasternL 62–63
1986#6First Round
Second Round
#11 Richmond
#14 Cleveland State
W 60–59
L 69–75
1997#4First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Pacific
#5 Boston College
#1 Kentucky
W 75–65
W 81–77OT
L 68–83
2001#9First Round
Second Round
#9 Georgia Tech
#1 Stanford
W 66–62
L 83–90
2003#7First Round#10 AuburnL 63–65OT
2004#1First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 Liberty
#8 Texas Tech
#4 Wake Forest
#2 Oklahoma State
W 82–63
W 70–65
W 84–80
L 62–64
2008#11First Round#6 OklahomaL 64–72
2014#10Second Round#7 ConnecticutL 81–89OT

NIT results[edit]

The Hawks have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 16 times. Their combined record is 16–16.

YearRoundOpponentResult
1956Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Seton Hall
Louisville
St. Francis (NY)
W 74–65
L 79–89
W 93–82
1958First Round
Quarterfinals
Saint Peter's
St. Bonaventure
W 83–76
L 75–79
1964First Round
Quarterfinals
Miami (FL)
Bradley
W 86–76
L 81–83
1972First RoundMarylandL 55–67
1979First RoundOhio StateL 66–80
1980First RoundTexasL 61–70
1984First RoundBoston CollegeL 63–75
1985First Round
Second Round
Missouri
Virginia
W 68–67
L 61–68
1993First RoundSouthwest Missouri StateL 34–56
1995First RoundCoppin StateL 68–75
1996First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Iona
Providence
Rhode Island
Alabama
Nebraska
W 82–78
W 82–62
W 76–59
W 74–69
L 56–60
2002Opening Round
First Round
George Mason
Ball State
W 73–64
L 65–75
2005Opening Round
First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Hofstra
Buffalo
Holy Cross
Texas A&M
Memphis
South Carolina
W 53–44
W 55–50
W 68–60
W 58–51
W 70–58
L 57–60
2006First Round
Second Round
Rutgers
Hofstra
W 71–62
L 75–77
2012First RoundNorthern IowaL 65–67
2013First RoundSt. John'sL 61–63

Rivals[edit]

The main rival has been the Villanova University Wildcats which is locally referred to as the Holy War. Saint Joseph's also has a heated rivalry with the Temple University Owls and LaSalle Explorers. Because games against Drexel University are in-city, the two teams are sometimes considered rivals but Saint Joseph's leads the all-time series 43 to 6. The all-time series between La Salle and the Hawks is 63 to 49 in SJU's favor. They are losing the all-time series against Temple 63 to 75, Villanova 24 to 42, and winning the series with Penn 45 to 32. Overall, the Hawks are 112–83 in the Big 5 which is the best among Big 5 schools.

Traditions[edit]

Fans of the Hawks often chant "The Hawk Will Never Die!". In a September 2003 issue, Sports Illustrated listed that cheer among The 100 Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate (Whatever the Cost), calling it "the most defiant cheer in college sports".[8]

  • Midnight Madness The first men's varsity basketball practice, Midnight Madness is an event which allows students and fans to attend. Players entertain the crowd by putting on events such as slam dunk contests.
  • The Drum It is believed the Drum played a significant role in many important wins. The Drum leads the student section during fight songs and chants. Today this tradition lives on with a new generation of drummers.
  • Rollouts During Big 5 match-ups, each student section prepares written messages on large rollouts that are passed down the crowd.[9]
  • The Double Dip Anytime the Saint Joseph's Hawks win the same day or night the Villanova Wildcats lose. The ultimate double dip occurs when the Hawks beat the Wildcats.
  • Fight Songs 'When the Hawks Go Flying In' is sung before every game and 'Mine Eyes' is sung immediately after every game regardless of the outcome.
  • Cheers Cheers include "Let's go St. Joe's!" and of course "The Hawk Will Never Die!" which is reserved for the end of games.
  • 54th Airborne The student section at SJU basketball games is known for being deafening. At the Hagan Arena there are about 1,200 seats for students (over 1/4 of the total seating). The section, along with the pep band, leads the cheers for the rest of the crowd. The core members of the 54th Airborne make up the Student Booster Club. These students work to come up with the rollouts for Big 5 games.

Retired numbers[edit]

The Hawks have retired four numbers for seven players, with No. 4 retired in honor of four players:

Accolades and achievements[edit]

Notable players[edit]

NBA Draftees[edit]

Other professional players[edit]

Men's basketball in Saint Joseph's athletics Hall of Fame[edit]

Current coaching staff[edit]

All-time head coaches[edit]

Current Div. I Head Coaches Who Were Assistants at Saint Joseph's[edit]

Alumni Who Are Current Div. I Coaches/Administrators[edit]

References[edit]