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Saint Joseph's Hawks
RECORD: - REGION: East Rutherford  SEED: 1
COACH: Phil Martelli CONFERENCE: A 10
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Road to the Final Four  ...................................................................................

PREVIOUS GAMES
OPPONENT ROUND RESULT
Liberty 1st Round W 82 - 63
Texas Tech 2nd Round W 70 - 65
Wake Forest Sweet 16 W 84 - 80
Oklahoma State Elite Eight L 64 - 62


REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS


Will lose when ...
They don't force enough turnovers or make enough 3s to compensate for the lack of an inside attack.

Famous Last Words
If this team can shake off the Xavier debacle, it can play in a regional championship game. If not, the dream season could end in the second round.

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TO THIS POINT    
How They Got Here: At-Large Bid
Saint Joseph's, after easily disposing of Liberty in the first round, earned its Sweet 16 spot the hard way -- holding off Bob Knight's Texas Tech Red Raiders in a classic second round game. The Hawks had to win their battle with Tech two or three different times, first with a 24-2 first-half run, then in building a 60-53 second half lead, and finally with back-to-back 3-pointers from Pat Carroll and Jameer Nelson after Tech had tied the game at 60 with less than three minutes remaining.

Afterward, Saint Joseph's players and coaches admitted the obvious: That they had felt the pressure of advancing to the Sweet 16 in order to validate their perfect regular season, as well as to answer the legion of critics who had questioned the team's No. 1 seed. The Hawks may fly even higher in their regional semifinal matchup with Wake Forest. Like Saint Joseph's, the Demon Deacons are guard-oriented and like to play at a fast pace. Unlike the Hawks, however, Wake is not an especially good defensive team. The Deacs, in fact, are the only team left in the tournament with a negative Defensive Quotient.

Who knows what we'd be saying about the Hawks if they hadn't been throttled by Xavier in the A-10 quarterfinals. St. Joe's carried the burden of answering nagging questions about its inside game, rebounding and team psyche ... instead of possible perfection. A simple fact remains: The Hawks are the same team that won 27 straight games. And St. Joe's isn't going to change how it goes about winning because of one loss -- no matter how wide the margin.

PLAYER TO WATCH      
Jameer Nelson | G | Senior
ESPN.com Player of the Year Jameer Nelson does it all for the Hawks, leading the team in scoring, assists and steals. Nelson excels at penetrating the lane at which point he is equally adept at finishing or finding the open man. He's also a solid shooter with three-point range, a good rebounder and clutch player.

ROSTER
NO NAME HT WT YR  PPG RPG APG MPG FG% FT% 3PT%
  Jameer Nelson 6-0  190   20.04.85.433.4.482.789.390
  Delonte West 6-4  180 Jr 18.85.44.732.9.510.889.430
  Pat Carroll G-F  6-5  190 Sr 10.03.41.024.5.461.793.456
  Tyrone Barley 6-1  185 Sr 7.30.81.623.7.430.829.417
  Chet Stachitas G-F  6-5  195 Sr 7.21.50.919.1.515.658.455
  Dwayne Jones 6-11  225 Jr 6.67.10.927.3.545.444.000
  John Bryant 6-7  220 Sr 2.83.80.618.3.509.484.000
  Dave Mallon 6-10  240 Sr 2.21.80.49.6.350.455.208
  Dwayne Lee 6-0  180 Sr 2.00.70.98.3.356.667.261
  Artur Surov 7-1  235 Sr 1.80.90.15.1.667.333.000
  Robert Hartshorn 6-3  195 Sr 1.00.30.12.6.308.750.375
  Arvydas Lidzius 6-9  205 Sr 0.91.20.24.9.313.615.000
  Rob Sullivan 6-1  180 Sr 0.40.00.11.7.500.500.000
  Brian Jesiolowski 6-7  195 Sr 0.10.50.22.4.083.000.000
  Andrew Koefer 6-2  185 So 0.00.10.11.7.000.000.000



LAST 5 GAMES LEADERS
OPPONENT RESULT POINTS REBOUNDS ASSISTS
St. BonaventureW, 82-50   
@ Rhode IslandW, 57-55   
@ MassachusettsW, 83-58   
TempleW, 76-53   
@ FordhamW, 72-54   


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 Wake's Up Next
GameNight: After making the Sweet 16, St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli eyes a Chris Paul-Jameer Nelson matchup.
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 Next: Texas Tech
The SportsBash: St. Joe's guard Delonte West says getting over the loss to Xavier was one good outcome of beating Liberty.
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St. Joe's coach Phil Martelli tells Doug Gottlieb and Chuck Wilson about his team's No. 1 approach facing Liberty.
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