Team: Saint Joseph's Hawks
Conference: Atlantic 10 Conference
Coach: Phil Martelli
Record: 27-7 overall, 13-5 in conference
KenPom Rank: 37
Good wins: Dayton, Princeton at home, at Temple
Impact Players: Forwards Isaiah Miles (18 points, eight rebounds per game) and DeAndre Bembry (17 points, eight rebounds, four assists per game) pace St. Joe's, who share the ball well and try to score in transition. Though the team is filled with veterans, guard Shavar Newkirk and freshman forward Pierfrancisco Oliva are major parts of the starting lineup.
How did they get in?: The Hawks doubled their win total from last year and had two sets of seven-game winning streaks. Late season losses to Duquesne and at St. Bonaventure put the NCAA Tournament in slight doubt, but a run through the Atlantic 10 Tournament, where they knocked off VCU by 13 points, earned them a definite berth and an 8-seed.
How far can this team go in the NCAA Tournament?: This is a good tough team, with a veteran coach and solid height. They are excellent rebounders and don't foul when they defend. But their interior defense has been suspect at times - perhaps due to the pace with which they play - and their matchup vs Cincinnati screams "Cincy win". This team could win a pair of games, but I would say they won't get past the Round of 64.
Last time in the NCAA Tournament: 2014, where they lost to eventual NCAA champion Connecticut in overtime.