Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Dayton Coach Lauds Hawks

Don’t tell Dayton coach Archie Miller that St. Joseph’s is struggling. The Hawks have lost three in a row and five of seven and host Dayton on Wednesday at Hagan Arena.

Dayton Coach Lauds Hawks

Don’t tell Dayton coach Archie Miller that St. Joseph’s is struggling. The Hawks have lost three in a row and five of seven and host Dayton on Wednesday at Hagan Arena.

Meanwhile Dayton is 14-5 overall, and leads the Atlantic-10 with a 4-1 record following Saturday’s 87-72 win over Xavier.

“You can tell they have a lot of young talent and they are a lot better than a year ago,” Miller said earlir this week on a conference call.

All that is correct. St. Joseph’s (12-8) has exceeded its 11-win total of last year, but hasn’t truly found its stride since a 74-58 win over Villanova on Dec. 17.

One interesting matchup should be at point guard, where St. Joseph’s Carl Jones has been playing on a sore ankle, but tied with Temple’s Ramone Moore for the A-10 scoring lead (17.2 ppg.).

Dayton’s Kevin Dillard is averaging 12.3 points and 5.8 assists for an extremely balanced Flyers club.

“If there is a player who is more valuable to his team than Kevin is to ours, I will argue that to death,” Miller said.

While the matchup at point guard will be a key, St. Joseph's needs to have a breakout game in the frontcourt in order to win.

A victory could turn the season around for the Hawks, although it won't be easy for a Dayton team that has won two in a row and six of seven.

Marc Narducci
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Marc Narducci has performed a variety of jobs at The Inquirer since beginning with the paper in 1983. A long-time high school sports reporter in South Jersey, Narducci has also served as a beat writer for the 76ers, a backup Eagles and Sixers writer and has covered all the professional and colleges in the Philadelphia area. Among his duties at The Inquirer over the years, Narducci has covered one Super Bowl, two World Series and three NBA all-star games. Most recently he has covered the Philadelphia Union soccer team and this season will be adding college basketball duties, paying specific attention to St. Joseph’s. A life-long Southern New Jersey resident, Narducci is a 1977 graduate of Paul VI High and 1981 graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). Email Marc at mnarducci@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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