Saint Josephs Hawks 2003/04

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Hawks Atlantic Ten
Coach: Phil Martelli
Record: 30-2
Dance Seed: 1
Dance Result: Round of 8
Players: Jameer Nelson
Delonte West
*Pat Carroll
NCAA Stats CategoryRank+/-
Scoring Offense * 22 A-
Scoring Defense * 32 B+
Free-Throw Percentage * 122 C+
Rebound Margin * 288 D-
Assists Per Game * 28 A-
Turnovers Per Game * 8 A+
Scoring Margin 2 A+
Field-Goal Percentage 22 A-
Field-Goal Percentage Defense 26 A-
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage 4 A+
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game 2 A+
Won-Lost Percentage 1 A+
Blocked Shots Per Game 117 C+
Steals Per Game 28 A-
Personal Fouls Per Game 41 B+
MPI - Marchpool Index 9 A+
Dance of 68 StatsRank+/-
Ball Control6
RPI Decade27
Round of 8
#9 Seed: The 2003/04 Saint Josephs Hawks made an uninvited entrance into the upper echelon circle of elite NCAA brand powerhouses, primarily by winning their first 27 games.  Phil Martelli's team was led by future NBA point guard Jameer Nelson. With Delonte West and Pat Carroll as runmates alongside Nelson, these Hawks combined their talent synergistically,  resulting in one of the very finest ballhandling teams of the decade.  The Hawks shook up the CBB Basketball establishment with their number 1 seed, many of whom felt the honor should have gone to the Oklahoma State Cowboys.  Saint Josephs and OK State settled the matter on the hardwood in their elite 8 matchup.  The respective coaches let their teams dramatically play out the final possessions without calling timeouts, resulting in OSU's John Lucas hitting Cowboy's winning 3 pointer.  The Saint Josephs Hawks earned their respect, carrying the mid major banner to unexpected heights. Coach Martelli's Hawks proudly raised the Mid Major banner of parity to its current lofty heights, elevating the entire game of mens College Basketball in the process.