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Villanova Basketball Opponent Capsule: St. Joseph's (PA) Hawks

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We continue our exploration and introduction of Villanova's 2014-15 opponents. Up next, Big 5 rival the St. Joe's Hawks.

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Last Season: The St. Joseph's (PA) Hawks had a 24-10 (11-5) record, beating VCU in March to win the Atlantic-10 tournament for the first time since 1997. They lost to UConn in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Last Meeting/All-Time Series: The Villanova Wildcats lead the all-time series 46-25, winning the last two meetings after suffering a blow-out in the series' first ever game on St. Joe's (PA) campus. The last meeting between the two schools occurred last season on December 7th, when `Nova defeated the Hawks at Hagan Arena, 98-68.

Head Coach: Phil Martelli has been presiding over the hardwood on Hawk Hill for 17 years. He started at St. Joe's (PA) in 1985 as an assistant, receiving the promotion to head coach in 1995. He has won the most postseason games of any Hawks coach and his teams have averaged 23 wins over the last three seasons. He is the winningest head coaches in St. Joe's (PA) history, sitting at 362 total wins for the school.

Top Returners: Sophomore forward DeAndre Bembry is the top returning scorer and rebounder, averaging 12.1 ppg and 4.5 rpg last season, along with 2.7 assists (tied for second on the team. Senior guard Chris Wilson also returns averaging 9.1 ppg last season and contributing 2.7 assists per contest as well.

Key Losses: St. Joe's (PA) loses a lot of talent from last season's team, Langston Galloway (G, 17.7ppg, 4.3rpg), Ronald Roberts, Jr. (F, 14.4ppg, 7.4 rpg), and Halil Kanacevic (F, 10.8ppg, 8.8rpg, 4.4apg) are the biggest losses in the group of five players who graduated. Forwards Daryus Quarles and Colin Kelly also graduated.

Key Additions: The Hawks added four recruits this season: James Demery (3-star SF), Shavar Newkirk (3-star PG), Markell Lodge (3-star PF), and Obi Romeo (PF) are all freshman recruits. Also joining the program is West Virginia transfer Aaron Brown, a lightly-used guard by the Mountaineers.