St. Joseph's Hawks NBA Players
The Atlantic 10 Conference is one of the toughest in NCAA basketball, thanks to
teams like the St. Joseph's Hawks. The Hawks are relentless on the basketball court, whether they're playing on home turf
at the Hagan Arena or are out strutting their stuff on the road. The St. Joseph's ball team is a powerhouse for producing
NBA players, and the hoopsters pack the grandstands at Hagan Arena whenever rival teams like the Temple Owls or Villanova
Wildcats come to play.
St. Joseph's basketball has churned out several top players over the last few decades, including
a string of players who wore the No. 4 jersey: George Senesky, Jim Lynam, Paul Senesky and Bill Oakes. This quartet of players
is credited for the retirement of the No. 4 jersey, and the Hawks have also retired No. 14 for Jameer Nelson, No. 30 for Cliff
Anderson and No. 44 for Mike Bantom. Nelson, drafted to the Orlando Magic in 2004, is one of the latest NBA picks to come
out of St. Joseph's in the first round in the 2000s, the other being Delonte West in 2004 to the Boston Celtics.
Joseph's Hawks Basketball Tournament History
The crimson and gray St. Joseph's Hawks have been a constant presence
in the NCAA Tournament since the late '50s, when the Hawks first popped up on the map of college basketball strongholds. The
Hawks are known for their athletic prowess, but despite their bevy of NCAA Tournament appearances, the only Final Four action
the Hawks have seen, in 1961, was removed by the NCAA due to a gambling scandal. Still, the St. Joseph's basketball team remains
a constant name on March Madness brackets, with current coach Phil Martelli leading the Hawks to several tournament berths
during his tenure.
The scarlet and gray of the St. Joseph's Hawks is prevalent at every home basketball game at Hagan
Arena, and with the Hawks looking for another NCAA Tournament berth this year, home matchups against A-10 competitors are
guaranteed to be packed full of thrills -- on the court as well as in the fan section. Hawks fans can check out the excitement
heading to the arena this season and cheer on the team to another A-10 victory.
St. Joseph's Hawks Trivia
St. Joseph's Hawks basketball team has more traditions and memorable grandstand events than most other NCAA squads, and this
makes for memorable and exciting basketball games regardless of the final score whenever St. Joseph's basketball ignites at
the Hagan Arena in Philly. The Hawks fan section's chant "The Hawk Will Never Die!" is a powerful one, and was even named
"the most defiant cheer in college sports" in Sports Illustrated's article "The 100 Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate
(Whatever the Cost)" in 2003.
The fan section is also known for being led by the Drum, a tradition of drummers that
has been passed on and leads the student section through the school's fight songs and chants. School spirit runs rampant at
St. Joe's when basketball is in session, and the arena at Hagan comes alive with songs that are played at every home game,
with "When the Hawks Go Flying In" leading the force before each game, and "Mine Eyes" immediately following each home game.
The SJU Hawks are certainly not lacking in the fan department, and the basketball team has the talent to complement this exciting
St. Joseph's Hawks Basketball Rivalries
When it comes to rivalries for the St.
Joseph's Hawks, there is no shortage of healthy competition. The Hawks have a fierce rival in the Villanova University Wildcats,
which is so thick it even has a name -- the Holy War -- and the Wildcats basketball team also brings fans flocking whenever
teams like the Temple Owls, LaSalle Explorers or Penn Quakers step onto the court at the Hagan Arena. The Philadelphia-housed
Hawks are undoubtedly one of the most popular college teams in the region, and basketball action comes alive all throughout
basketball season, when the 4,200 capacity Hagan Arena sees the Hawks on the court for home matchups.
Fans that haven't
yet been to St. Joseph's basketball games at the Hagan Arena on the St. Joe's campus in Philadelphia haven't really lived
the ultimate SJU basketball experience. The student section at Hagan Arena makes up more than a quarter of the arena's entire
capacity, and the grandstands are in a constant state of excitement and cheer at every Hawks basketball game, and especially
when the team takes on rivals like the Villanova Wildcats. Saint Joseph basketball is a big contributor to the "Double Dip,"
an occurrence whenever the Hawks win the same day the Wildcats lose. Fans pack the grandstands at Hagan Arena to witness a
St. Joe's victory over Villanova on the basketball court, and there's nothing like catching a home Hawks game when the team
is playing the Wildcats.