St. Joseph's is one of only two unbeaten teams remaining, but the Hawks' schedule hasn't been all that tough. Is SJU really the nation's best team, and how will their schedule affect NCAA seeding? Those topics and more are in this week's Memo....
16-0ÖIf this was any other team, they would be the for-sure number 1 team, but this is St. Joseph's. So are they the real deal? Let's take a lookÖ.
Itís hard to find an impressive win on their schedule other than an overrated Gonzaga, in my opinion. But if you dig a little deeper, you can find wins over Boston College and Xavier. Either way you slice the pie, though, it's impressive enough being undefeated.
Looking ahead at their schedule, they donít have another extremely tough game. So this gives them a chance to be the first undefeated team in the regular season since UNLV.
Could they wind up a number 1 seed? I'll say this: if the NCAA selection committee is anything like the BCS people, the answer is no. The only way the Hawks wind up a number 1 seed come March is if they remain undefeated. There are just too many one- or two-loss teams that are in better conferences and have played tougher non conference schedules such as Duke, Connecticut, Stanford, Louisville, Georgia Tech, and Kentucky.
Some may disagree with me - actually a lot may not agree with me - but I do not think the Hawks can hang with the elite teams in America. But we will not have to wait too much longer. Come March, should they not choke in the early rounds, we should be able to see them play against a team from the cream of the crop.
So I have told you my opinion on Jameer Nelson and the Hawks, and I want to hear what you think about them. Go ahead and contact me; my e-mail is at the top of the page.
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