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"Is Saint Josephís the Real Deal?"

By: Timothy Columnist
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Timo's Weekly Memo 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....

[ Updated January 23 ]

St. Joseph's16-0ÖIf 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.

St. Joseph's PG Jameer Nelson - courtesy
St. Joseph's PG Jameer Nelson
Nelson is one of the top point guards in the nation and a player of the year candidate.
There is no way I could write about Phil Martelli and his team without mentioning Jameer Nelson. Unlike his team, I have no doubts in my mind that Nelson is the most talented point guard in the nation. I am amazed every time I watch him. The way he penetrates defenses is truly astonishing. He is without a doubt one of my top 5 candidates for player of the year.

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.


  • Last week, I was right about the Patriots winning, but I didnít think that the Panthers could with stand the Eagles. You will have to tune in next week to see who I believe will win the coveted Super Bowl.
  • How about the Louisville Cardinals? Not only did they beat Cincinnati, they absolutely shattered Huggins and the Bearcats. Everyone was talking about how strong Rick Pitinoís 4th-year team would be, but forget about waiting another year Card fans, these guys are for real.
  • Donít forget to check out the poll question on the front page. It should be interesting to see what people think.
  • Here are my number 1 seeds as of January 22: Duke, Stanford, Louisville, and Connecticut.
  • And lastly, as Iím finishing up this weeks Memo, I have witnessed Florida State come back from 24 down to beat North Carolina by 9 points in overtime. Thatís a 33 point turn around! Leonard Hamilton has brought basketball back to Tallahassee.