Old Spice Classic Preview: Saint Joseph's

St. Joe's coach Phil Martelli (USA Today)

With a narrow defeat versus Creighton the only blemish on the Hawks' record, Saint Joseph's is off to a fine start in 2013-14. Come inside to preview SJU before they hit the floor in Orlando for the Old Spice Classic.


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Conference: Atlantic 10
Home Venue: Hagan Arena
Head Coach: Phil Martelli (19th season, 340-238)
Last NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2008
2012-13 Record: 18-14 (8-8)
2012-13 Postseason: NIT, first round loss to St. John's
2013-14 Record: 2-1 (results below in order)
- W, 74-64 at Vermont
- W, 81-62 vs. Marist
- L, 83-79 vs. Creighton


G Chris Wilson (6-3, 210, Jr.)
G Langston Galloway (6-2, 202, Sr.)
F DeAndre Bembry (6-6, 200, Fr.)
F Ronald Roberts Jr. (6-8, 225, Sr.)
F Halil Kanacevic (6-8, 255, Sr.)


Leading Scorer: Langston Galloway, 18.3
Leading Rebounder: Halil Kanacevic, 9.3
Leader in Assists: Halil Kanacevic, 7.0
Team Points Per Game: 78.0
Points Conceded Per Game: 69.7


(As written by HawkHillHardwood.com's Matt Gifford)

St. Joe's is 2-1 on the year, and the Hawks' lone loss came at home against Creighton last Saturday, on an and-one jumper by Doug McDermott with 4.9 seconds left. Venerable coach Phil Martelli will likely use the same starting five all season – seniors Langston Galloway, Ron Roberts and Halil Kanacevic, junior Chris Wilson and freshman DeAndre Bembry.

Galloway is a Louisiana native, so the matchup with LSU to begin the Old Spice Classic will mean a lot to him. He's a terrific three-point shooter, and more athletic than he first lets on. Roberts is one of the top big men in the Atlantic 10. He is as athletic a big as you'll see, and this year has shown an ability to step out and knock down that 15- or 17-footer.

Kanacevic is one of the more unique big men in college basketball. At 6-foot-8 and 255 pound, he's a load in the paint. He had a double-double earlier this season, though, in rebounds and assists and, through three games, leads St. Joe's in assists. Kanacevic has a great feel for the game and is an excellent passer. He probably steps out and shoots from the perimeter more than SJU fans would like to see, something that came into play against Creighton, when Kanacevic took six shots, five from three, and hit only one.

Bembry was the A10 Rookie of the Week last week after posting 20 points and four assists against Creighton. He's a 6-foot-6 wing who can shoot it, slash and defend. He was also defending McDermott down the stretch. LSU has Jordan Mickey as a freshman who does not play like a freshman. That's Bembry for SJU. Rounding out the starting five is Wilson, the Hawks' point guard. He's a big, strong kid for the position that can get going from deep but isn't normally a huge threat from outside. Expect Wilson to play 35-plus minutes at the point.

Off the bench, the two guys you'll see most are sophomore Isaiah Miles and senior Daryus Quarles. Both can hit from the perimeter. Miles comes in as a four and Quarles a three. Martelli may also turn occasionally to freshman Javon Baumann, a 6-foot-9, 260-pounder from Germany. Particularly in SJU's opener against LSU, he may be useful in stretches against big man Johnny O'Bryant.

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