The Hawks travel to UMass to take on the Minutemen in one of the five City 6 games slated for Saturday. Here's a preview of all the action:
St. Joe's (13-8, 4-4 A-10) vs. UMass (15-6, 5-3 A-10)
William D. Mullins Center, 7 p.m.
The game time for the Hawks' matchup with the Minutemen has been changed to 7 p.m. because of the snowstorm that has blanketed the Northeast. The game was originally scheduled for 2 p.m. with a telecast on ESPN2. No determination about a television broadcast for the new start time has been made yet.
The Hawks lost to Dayton on Wednesday, scoring 54 points, their second lowest total of the season. St. Joe's held a 43-36 lead at one point in the second half but missed five of its next seven shots to eventually trail 47-45 with 5:02 left.
Before their loss to Dayton, the Hawks had won three in a row.
UMass is coming off an 81-53 drubbing of Rhode Island, where guard Chaz Williams scored a season-high 27 points and the Minutemen shot 51.9 percent from the floor.
Carl Jones leads the Hawks with 14.9 points per game, slightly down from last year’s average of 17. He is the 16th Hawk in program history to reach the 1,500-point mark, and he's seventh on the Hawks' all-time three-point list with 193 long balls.
Ronald Roberts has five double-doubles in his last seven games and leads the team with 10 this season.
Williams averages seven assists per game and has averaged 17 points per game over his last five outings.
Fordham (6-17, 2-6 A-10) vs. La Salle (15-6, 5-3 A-10)
Tom Gola Arena, 2 p.m.
La Salle is currently sitting one game back of the three leading teams (VCU, Butler, Saint Louis) in the A-10. The Explorers face the struggling Fordham Rams, who have not won back-to-back games since January of last year and are currently on a three-game losing streak.
In a 80-71 win over George Washington, the Explorers had six players score in double figures. Ramon Galloway and D.J. Peterson scored 15 apiece, while Sam Mills and Jerrell Wright had 12.
Galloway and Tyreek Duren are second and fourth, respectively, in scoring among the Big 5. La Salle is 9-1 when allowing 69 points or less, a trend that should stand them in good stead against Fordham who averages 65.3 points per game.
The Rams, who have not had a winning season since 2006-07, are in desperate need of a spark, and an upset over the rising Explorers would provide that. Fordham rebounds the ball at a strong clip, averaging 38.3 per game, 36th-best in the country.
Galloway has continued to play after ripping off 31 points against VCU. He scored 16 points in La Salle's loss to UMass and placed in 15 in the victory over George Washington.
Fordham’s top man, junior guard Brandon Frazier, averages 14.7 points per game, four rebounds and 5.3 assists. He is the only Fordham player with more than 1.5 assists per game and one of two Rams averaging double figures in scoring. He had 20 points in Fordham’s last win against Rhode Island and 24 in its loss to St. Joe's.
South Florida (10-12, 1-9 Big East) vs. Villanova (14-9, 5-5 Big East)
The Pavilion, 3 p.m.
Apart from their two big upsets of Louisville and Syracuse, the Wildcats have struggled a bit. Villanova has been defined by ups and downs. The Wildcats were narrowly edged out by Providence twice, but most recently cruised past DePaul.
South Florida sits dead-last in the Big East with a 1-9 mark. The Bulls have lost nine of their last 10 games, with their most recent defeat coming to Marquette, 70-47.
Villanova has utilized a balanced scoring attack thus far, as five players are averaging nine or more points per game. Sixth man JayVaughn Pinkston leads Villanova in the scoring column, averaging 12.7 points per contest.
Big man Victor Rudd anchors South Florida on the offensive end, scoring a team-best 10.7 points per game.
Temple (15-7, 5-5 A 10) vs. Dayton (13-9, 3-5 A 10)
University of Dayton Arena, 11 a.m.
Temple held on for a 89-88 victory over Charlotte on Wednesday. Khalif Wyatt led four Owls in double figures with 25 points, while Jake O'Brien scored a season-high 22 points. Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson added 11 points and tallied a career-best five steals.
The Dayton Flyers are coming off a 60-54 win over St. Joe's, which was its third straight home victory against an Atlantic 10 opponent.
Wyatt leads not only the Owls, but the Atlantic 10 conference with 18.9 points per game.
In Wyatt's last eight games, he has averaged 24.9 points and four assists.
Guard Kevin Dillard leads Dayton with 14.9 points per game, 4.6 assists, 42 three-pointers and 27 steals.
Milestone for coach
Temple's coach Fran Dunphy sits one victory shy of his 150th career win at Temple.
With two more victories, Dunphy will tie Don Casey (151) for fifth on Temple's coaching win list.
Brown (8-11, 2-3 Ivy League) vs. Penn (4-17, 1-3 Ivy League)
The Palestra, 7 p.m.
Penn dropped the first game of its double-dip weekend, losing to Yale, 68-59, after a late comeback fell short on Friday.
Brown did no better, as the Bears failed to upend Princeton, as the Tigers remain perfect in the Ivy League along with Harvard. Brown has lost three of its last four contests, two of which went to overtime.
Despite the Quakers' season-long struggles, Miles Cartwright has pieced together a solid season. With Fran Dougherty done for the year, Cartwright is Penn's lone double-figure scorer (13.7), but he's been held to single digits in each of his past two games.
Brown guard Sean McGonagill does a little bit of everything for the Bears. The junior leads Brown in scoring (14.7), assists (4.8) and three-pointers (47).