St. Joseph’s has earned the No. 5 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament and the Hawks will open with a first round game at Hagan Arena Tuesday against No. 12 seeded Charlotte.
And if the Hawks happen to win, then they would face No. 4 St. Bonaventure in a 2:30 p.m. quarterfinal Friday at Atlantic City.
St. Joseph’s wouldn’t need any motivation for either team.
Of course, coach Phil Martelli will only think about Charlotte.
The Hawks are 0-2 this year against both teams.
Charlotte was the first visiting team to win this season at Hagan Arena, defeating the Hawks, 57-52.
In that game the 49ers shot 20 for 59 from the field and 13 of 22 from the foul line – and won.
St. Joseph’s was 2 for 21 from beyond the arc and committed 16 turnovers.
And on Wednesday, St. Joseph’s suffered arguably its most excruciating loss of the season in a 98-93 double overtime defeat at St. Bonaventure.
Again, the Hawks coaching staff won’t think one minute about St. Bonaventure. Right now Charlotte (13-16, 5-11) is foremost on the Hawks mind.
And St. Joseph’s probably doesn’t need any extra motivation against Charlotte. Advancing to the A-10 quarterfinals is motivation enough.
Still, this was one of the uglier losses of the season. The Hawks will treat Charlotte as they would Temple. Charlotte has proven it can win in Hagan Arena, something only two other schools (St. Louis and Richmond) can stake a claim to.
In fact, Charlotte has been able to accomplish something top seeded Temple wasn’t able to do in winning at Hagan Arena.
So needless to say, Charlotte will have the Hawks undivided attention.