Sunday, December 21, 2014

St. Joe NIT Preview Box

Northern Iowa (19-13) at St. Joseph’s (20-13)

St. Joe NIT Preview Box

Northern Iowa (19-13) at St. Joseph’s (20-13)

NIT First round game.

Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. at Hagan Arena.

At Stake: The winner meets the winner of the Drexel-UCF game.

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Common Opponent – Creighton

St. Joseph’s beat visiting Creighton, 80-71 on Dec. 10. UNI split with Creighton, each winning on its home court.

Most recent game:

UNI – lost to Illinois State, 54-42 in the quarterfinal of the Missouri Valley Tournament on March 2.

SJU – Lost to eventual champion St. Bonaventure, 71-68 in an Atlantic-10 quarterfinal on March 9.

 Coaches:

UNI: Ben Jacobson (6th season, 128-70).

 SJU - Phil Martelli (17th season, 320, 222).

 PROBABLE LINEUPS

UNI

G Deon Mitchell 6-1 Fr., 7.0 ppg., 2.1 rpg.

G Johnny Moran 6-1 Sr., 7.3 ppg., 3.0 rpg.

G Marc Sonnen 6-3 Jr., 8.5 ppg., 2.2 rpg.

F Seth Tuttle 6-8 Fr., 9.2 ppg., 5.3 rpg.

F Jake Koch 6-9 Jr., 8.8 ppg., 5.5 rpg., 2.7 apg.

 ST JOSEPH'S

G Carl Jones, 5-11 Sr. 16.8 ppg., 3.4 reb., 3.2 apg.

G Langston Galloway, 6-2 So. 15.8 ppg., 4.6 rpg., 2.3 apg.

C C.J. Aiken 6-9 So. 10.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg. 3.6 bpg.

F Daryus Quarles, 6-6 So. 5.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg.

F. Halil Kanacevic, 6-8 So., 8.3 ppg.; 8.2 rpg., 3.7 apg.

 Key off the bench

UNI – Anthony James, 6-0 Jr, 12.9 ppg., 4.4 rpg.

SJU – Ronald Roberts 6-8 So., 10.9 ppg., 6.0 rpg.

 FAST FACTS

*James, UNI’s only double-figure scorer, stated 23 games, but has been coming off the bench recently.

*Jones has scored in double figures in 11 consecutive games for the Hawks and has three straight of 20 or more points.

*UNI is making its fourth straight postseason appearance. The Panthers were in the NCAA Tournament in 2009 (first round) and 2010 (Sweet 16) and the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2011 (quarterfinals).

*SJU is making its first postseason appearance since 2008 where the Hawks lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

*This is St. Joseph’s 10th postseason appearance under coach Phil Martelli (five NCAA, five NIT).

 

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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