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
University Saint Joseph's University
Conference A-10
Location Philadelphia, PA
Head coach Phil Martelli (19th year)
Arena Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena
(Capacity: 4,200)
Nickname Hawks
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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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.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1959 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
West Virginia
Navy
L 92–95
L 56–70
1960 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Duke
West Virginia
L 56–58
L 100–106
1961 Sweet 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
1962 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Wake Forest
NYU
L 85–96OT
L 85–94
1963 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Princeton
West Virginia
Duke
W 82–81OT
W 97–88
L 59–73
1965 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Connecticut
Providence
NC State
W 67–61
L 73–81OT
L 81–103
1966 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Providence
Duke
Davidson
W 65–48
L 74–76
W 92–76
1969 First Round Duquesne L 52–74
1971 First Round Villanova L 75–93
1973 First Round Providence L 76–86
1974 First Round Pittsburgh L 42–54
1981 #9 First 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 #6 First Round #11 Northeastern L 62–63
1986 #6 First Round
Second Round
#11 Richmond
#14 Cleveland State
W 60–59
L 69–75
1997 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Pacific
#5 Boston College
#1 Kentucky
W 75–65
W 81–77OT
L 68–83
2001 #9 First Round
Second Round
#9 Georgia Tech
#1 Stanford
W 66–62
L 83–90
2003 #7 First Round #10 Auburn L 63–65OT
2004 #1 First 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 #11 First Round #6 Oklahoma L 64–72
2014 #10 Second Round #7 Connecticut L 81–89OT

NIT results[edit]

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

Year Round Opponent Result
1956 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Seton Hall
Louisville
St. Francis (NY)
W 74–65
L 79–89
W 93–82
1958 First Round
Quarterfinals
Saint Peter's
St. Bonaventure
W 83–76
L 75–79
1964 First Round
Quarterfinals
Miami (FL)
Bradley
W 86–76
L 81–83
1972 First Round Maryland L 55–67
1979 First Round Ohio State L 66–80
1980 First Round Texas L 61–70
1984 First Round Boston College L 63–75
1985 First Round
Second Round
Missouri
Virginia
W 68–67
L 61–68
1993 First Round Southwest Missouri State L 34–56
1995 First Round Coppin State L 68–75
1996 First 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
2002 Opening Round
First Round
George Mason
Ball State
W 73–64
L 65–75
2005 Opening 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
2006 First Round
Second Round
Rutgers
Hofstra
W 71–62
L 75–77
2012 First Round Northern Iowa L 65–67
2013 First Round St. John's L 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]

  • In 2004, the Hawks—as Atlantic 10 East Division champions—were one of the three inaugural-year recipients of the Pride of Philadelphia Award from the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.
  • In 2005, the Saint Joseph's University men's basketball team was ranked 43rd best of all-time by Smith & Street's magazine.[10]
  • In 2009, the 2004 Hawks were named the best single-season team of the decade (2000–2009) by Sports Illustrated.[11]
  • The Hawks have won seven Atlantic 10 regular season titles and two A-10 tournament championships and rank 33rd all-time in wins with 1,439 and 44th all-time with a .605 winning percentage.[12]
  • Saint Joseph's recently ranked 57th in the "Prestige Rankings" of the best programs since 1985 by ESPN.[13]

Notable players[edit]

NBA Draftees[edit]

  • 1957 – Round 4, Pick 2: Kurt Engelbert (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1957 – Round 4, Pick 6: Ray Radziszewski (Philadelphia Warriors)
  • 1959 – Round 6, Pick 3: Joe Spratt (Philadelphia Warriors)
  • 1960 – Round 3, Pick 3: Bob McNeil (New York Knicks)
  • 1960 – Round 7, Pick 7: Bob Clarke (Philadelphia Warriors)
  • 1961 – Round 3, Pick 6: Jack Egan (Philadelphia Warriors)
  • 1961 – Round 15, Pick 1: Vince Kempton (New York Knicks)
  • 1964 – Round 3, Pick 8: Steve Courtin (Cincinnati Royals)
  • 1966 – Round 1, Pick 9: Matt Guokas (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1966 – Round 5, Pick 9: Tom Duff (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1967 – Round 4, Pick 4: Cliff Anderson (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • 1967 – Round 8, Pick 11: Al Grundy (San Diego Rockets)
  • 1970 – Round 9, Pick 12: Mike Hauer (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1973 – Round 1, Pick 8: Mike Bantom (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1973 – Round 2, Pick 10: Pat McFarland (New York Knicks)
  • 1980 – Round 9, Pick 19: Luke Griffin (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1981 – Round 8, Pick 15: John Smith (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • 1982 – Round 2, Pick 2: Bryan Warrick (Washington Bullets)
  • 1982 – Round 6, Pick 8: Jeff Clark (Indiana Pacers)
  • 1982 – Round 9, Pick 11: Mark Dearborn (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • 1984 – Round 2, Pick 10: Tony Costner (Washington Bullets)
  • 1984 – Round 3, Pick 19: Kevin Springman (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1985 – Round 5, Pick 5: Bob Lojewski (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1986 – Round 1, Pick 16: Mo Martin (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1987 – Round 7, Pick 3: Wayne Williams (New York Knicks)
  • 1998 – Round 1, Pick 8: Brian Ferrie (Minnesota Lynx)
  • 2004 – Round 1, Pick 20: Jameer Nelson (Orlando Magic)
  • 2004 – Round 1, Pick 24: Delonte West (Boston Celtics)
  • 2009 – Round 2, Pick 26: Ahmad Nivins (Dallas Mavericks)

Other professional players[edit]

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

  • Cliff Anderson (1999, Men's Basketball, '67)
  • Mike Bantom (2000, Men's Basketball, '73)
  • Rodney Blake (2001, Men's Basketball, '88)
  • Harry Booth (2006, Baseball/Men's Basketball '62)
  • Bill Ferguson (2006, Men's Basketball)
  • Matt Guokas, Jr. (2000, Men's Basketball, '67)
  • Mike Hauer (2011, Men's Basketball, '70)
  • The Hawk (1999, Mascot, '56)
  • Dan Kelly (2011, Men's Basketball, '70)
  • Jim Lynam (2003, Men's Basketball, '63)
  • Maurice Martin (2006, Men's Basketball, '86)
  • Paul McDermitt (2006, Baseball/Men's Basketball/Golf/Track, '59)
  • Pat McFarland (2005, Men's Basketball, '73)
  • Jack McKinney (2004, Men's Basketball/Track, '57)
  • Bob McNeill (2001, Men's Basketball, '60)
  • Mighty Mites (2000, Men's Basketball, 1934–38)
  • Jameer Nelson (2011, Men's Basketball, '04)
  • Jack Ramsay (1999, Men's Basketball, '49)
  • George Senesky (1999, Men's Basketball, '43)
  • Joe Spratt (2002, Men's Basketball, '59)
  • Tom Wynne (2003, Men's Basketball/Baseball. '63)

Current coaching staff[edit]

  • Phil Martelli – Head Coach, 18th season
  • Mark Bass – Assistant Coach, 14th season
  • Dave Duda – Assistant Coach, 7th season
  • Geoff Arnold – Assistant Coach, 5th season

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]

  • Don DiJulia (1964–1965 – player) – Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics, Saint Joseph's
  • Geoff Arnold (1982–1986 – player) – Assistant, Saint Joseph's
  • Kevin Baggett (1986–1988 – player) – Head Coach, Rider
  • Bruiser Flint (1983–1987 – player) – Head Coach, Drexel
  • Brian Daly (1988–1992 – player) – Assistant, Penn State
  • Mark Bass (1992–1996 – player) – Assistant, Saint Joseph's
  • John Gallagher (1995–1999 – player) – Head Coach, Hartford
  • Rich Carragher (1996–2000 – student manager) – Assistant Athletics Director, Monmouth
  • Matt Grady (1997–2001 – student assistant) – Associate Head Coach, Manhattan
  • Bill Phillips (1999–2002 – player) – Director of Basketball Operations, James Madison
  • Mike Farrelly (2001–2003 – player) – Assistant, Hofstra
  • Dwayne Lee (2002–2006 – player) – Assistant, Fairleigh Dickinson
  • Phil Martelli, Jr. (1999–2003 – player) – Assistant, Delaware
  • Kevin Tirone (2001–2005 – student assistant) – Director of Basketball Operations, Rhode Island
  • Rob Sullivan (2003–2006 – player) – Director of Basketball Operations, Saint Joseph's
  • Ryan Whalen (2005–2008 – student assistant) – Coordinator of Basketball Operations, Seton Hall
  • Paul Westhead (1959–1961 -player) – Head Coach, University of Oregon Women's Team

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