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St. Joseph's-Notre Dame preview

Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

St. Joseph's-Notre Dame preview

St. Joseph´s Head Coach Phil Martelli  talks to his team at the start<br />of practice. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)
St. Joseph's Head Coach Phil Martelli talks to his team at the start of practice. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

Notre Dame (2-0) vs. St. Joseph’s (1-0)

Friday, 9:30 p.m. Barclays Center Brooklyn

Radio/TV: 610-WIP AM; truTV

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At stake: The winner will face the winner of the 7 p.m. matchup between BYU and Florida State in Saturday’s 9:30 p.m. final.

Coaches: St. Joseph’s, Phil Martelli (18th season, 321, 223); Notre Dame, Mike Brey (339-172 overall, 12th season at Notre Dame, 240-120)

Projected starters


F - Ronald Roberts 6-8 Jr., 12 ppp., 10 rpg.

F – Halil Kanacevic 6-8 Jr., 11 ppg., 11 rpg.

C - C.J. Aiken 6-9 Jr. 8 ppg., 3 bpg.

G- Langston Galloway 6-2 Jr. 20 ppg.

G – Chris Wilson 6-3 So. 3 ppg., 3 apg.


F – Jack Cooley 6-9 Sr. 17 ppg., 10 rpg.

F – Scott Martin 6-8 Sr. 7 ppg., 12.5 rpg.

G – Eric Atkins 6-2 Jr., 6 ppg., 4.5 apg.

G – Jerian Grant 6-5 Jr., 8 ppg.

G – Pat Connaughton 6-5 So., 9 ppg.

About St. Joseph’s: The Hawks opened with a 61-35 win over Yale, holding the Bulldogs to 13 for 52 shooting (25 percent) and forcing 18 turnovers… St. Joseph’s shot just 16 for 30 from the foul line… The Hawks will be without point guard Carl Jones, sitting out the last of a three-game suspension (including an exhibition game) due to a violation of the University's community standards…Aiken, who normally doesn’t get in foul trouble, played just 21 minutes against Yale and picked up four personal fouls.

About Notre Dame: In Monday’s 84-57 win over Monmouth, Garrick Sherman, a 6-10 transfer from Michigan State, had 22 points and nine rebounds off the bench….Notre Dame has shot just 34 for 56 from the foul line(.607)…The Fighting Irish opened with a 58-49 win over Evansville as Cooley scored 19 points and Martin added 17 rebounds…Notre Dame has shot 10-38 from beyond the arc (.263).

Quotable: “This is a high-level Big East game against a veteran team.” – Mike Brey, Notre Dame coach on St. Joseph’s.

Outlook: For both teams it will be free throw shooting. In addition, St. Joseph’s must keep Aiken out of foul trouble. This figures to be a low scoring game and the first team to 60 could be the winner.

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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 and follow him on Twitter.

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