Saint Joseph’s to Play 13 Non-Conference Games in Men’s Basketball

August 27, 2023 –

The Hawks have scheduled 13 non-conference games for the 2023-24 men’s basketball season. The team will see four schools that made the 2023 NCAA Tournament, and the highlight will be a trip to Lexington, KY to play the University of Kentucky for the third time in program history. Saint Joseph’s will also play Big 5 games against Villanova and Penn before participating in the Big 5 Classic at the Wells Fargo Center.

“We’ve created a schedule that provides great optionality for us as a program,” said men’s basketball coach Billy Lange. “Our 2023-24 schedule provides road environments against teams projected to make deep March runs in Kentucky and Villanova. We will compete in the Hagan Arena, on the road, and in neutral site venues against programs that played in last year’s NCAA Tournament. These games help us showcase the spirit of The Hawk Will Never Die.”

Tournament Teams on the Schedule

The last time that Saint Joe’s took the floor against Kentucky was in the 1997 NCAA Regional Semifinal. This game at Rupp Arena takes place on November 20. The Hawks competes in the Wildcat Challenge hosted by the University of Kentucky. The first game is at Hagan Arena when Saint Joe’s meets Stonehill on November 14 and Texas A&M Commerce on the 17th, the first-ever games between these schools.

SJU sees three consecutive tourney teams from December 10 – 21 when they host the Ivy Champion Princeton at home. On December 16 Saint Joseph’s takes on MAAC Champion Iona in the Holiday Hoopfest at the UBS Arena in Elmont, NY. The reigning CAA Champion College of Charleston is next on the road on December 21.

Big 5 Games

In Big 5 games the initial pod game will be on November 10 when Saint Joseph’s hosts Penn. Saint Joe’s will travel to Villanova for a pod game on November 29. The Hawks will participate in the Big 5 Classic at the Wells Fargo Center on December 2nd.

Home Games

Lafayette comes to the Hagan Arena on November 6th. Sacred Heart is on the schedule on November 28th. American U. comes calling in December 6th. Loyola Maryland wraps up non-conference schedule on December 29th. There is an NCAA approved exhibition game at home vs. Manhattan on October 28th.

The Atlantic 10 will release its schedule in the near future.

Written By: Glenn Papazian


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