Atlantic 10 reveals 2017-18 schedule pairings

Atlantic 10 reveals 2017-18 schedule pairings

Philadelphia basketball fans will be getting a double dip of one of the Atlantic 10 conference's best rivalries once again next season.

With the league's 18-game regular season format in place for a fourth straight year, it was revealed Wednesday afternoon that Saint Joseph's and La Salle will battle twice — once in North Philly at Tom Gola Arena and a second time at the Hawks' home just off City Line Avenue. Each team in the 14-member conference will play eight teams once and five teams twice.

The full pairings for the Explorers and Saint Joe's are listed here:

La Salle
Home: Dayton, George Mason, St. Bonaventure, VCU, Fordham, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis
Away: Davidson, Duquesne, George Washington, Richmond, Fordham, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis

Saint Joseph’s
Home: Dayton, Duquesne, Saint Louis, VCU, Fordham, George Mason, La Salle, Massachusetts, St. Bonaventure
Away: Davidson, George Washington, Rhode Island, Richmond, Fordham, George Mason, La Salle, Massachusetts, St. Bonaventure

It was also rumored earlier in the day that the Hawks have added a Big Five matchup at Temple for Dec. 9.

La Salle adds Marquette transfer, Philly native Traci Carter

La Salle adds Marquette transfer, Philly native Traci Carter

The one that got away is coming home.

La Salle men's basketball has added guard Traci Carter to its roster, the team announced Tuesday. Carter, a Philadelphia native who attended Roman Catholic High School for two years, is a transfer from Marquette. He'll sit out this season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

"I have watched and recruited Traci since his sophomore year in high school," La Salle head coach John Giannini said in a press release. "He brings leadership and toughness that is necessary to succeed in today's college basketball world, where so many teams are highly invested and have good players."

Carter averaged 23.9 minutes per game and started 19 games as a freshman, but saw his playing time dip to 16.3 minutes during his second season in Milwaukee. The 6-foot guard averaged 4.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists as a sophomore. 

Prior to committing to Marquette, Carter finished his high school career at Life Center Academy in Burlington, New Jersey. He won 40 games in two seasons there. A senior year in which he averaged 16 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals earned him a nomination for the McDonald's All-America Game and an offer to join Steve Wojciechowski's Golden Eagles.

La Salle's leading scorer last season was B.J. Johnson, another Philadelphia native with Catholic League experience who left town for a big-time program in Syracuse — only to transfer back home after two seasons.

The Explorers' season tips off Nov. 11 against St. Peter's.

La Salle director of basketball operations Matt Bloom moving on to coach Rutgers Prep

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La Salle director of basketball operations Matt Bloom moving on to coach Rutgers Prep

A familiar face will be missing from the La Salle bench next season. Matt Bloom, a member of Dr. John Giannini's staff for the past six years, has accepted the head boy's basketball coaching job at Rutgers Prep in Somerset, New Jersey. He's served as the men's team's director of basketball operations for the last three year's at La Salle.

"I can't put into words how hard Matt worked for us and how much he cared," Giannini said in a press release. "I appreciate all his efforts and friendship. The number of daily activities he organized and the number of people he worked with seems countless. Matt took care of every single detail in our program. We will miss him, but we are excited for his new challenge. I'm sure he will do great things."

Bloom's duties as director of basketball operations had focused heavily on players' schedules — cooridnating class, practice, workouts, commuty service and media responsibilities. Before that, he was a video coordinator and an academic support assistant. Bloom said he's thankful for the memories the past six years have given him. 

"The relationships I've made at La Salle will last a lifetime and I wish the team the best of luck moving forward," Bloom said.

Prior to coming aboard at La Salle, Bloom spent three seasons at Rutgers University under Fred Hill.