No. 8 St. Joseph’s vs No. 9 Cincinnati
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St. Joseph’s (27-7)
Seed, region: No. 8, West
Location: Philadelphia, Pa.
Conference: Atlantic 10
How they got here: A-10 tournament champ
NCAA tournament record: 18-24 in 20 appearances
Coach: Phil Martelli 392-272 in 21 seasons, all at St. Joseph’s
Marquee players: The team is led by 6-foot-7 senior forward Isaiah Miles. He leads the Hawks in both scoring (18.4) and rebounds (8.1). But the success of the team revolves around 6-6 junior forward DeAndry Bembry. He averages 17.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists a game. Bembry also led his team with 46 steals. He scored 30 points and Miles had 26 as St. Joseph’s beat VCU 87-74 Sunday to earn the A-10 automatic bid. The team has been led for the past 20 years by Phil Martelli.
Famous alumni: Joseph McKenna (1843-1926), who served both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Supreme Court; Jameer Nelson, NBA guard; Joe Lunardi, founder of bracketology; Paul Westhead, retired NBA, NCAA and WNBA coach.
Seed, region: No. 9, West
Conference: American Athletic Conference
How they got here: At-large
NCAA tournament record: 44-28 in 29 appearances
Coach: Mick Cronin 212-125 in 10 seasons, 281-149 in 13 seasons overall
Marquee players: The Bearcats display incredible balance with four starters who average in double-digits for scoring. They are led by 6-4 junior Troy Coupain, who averages 13.4 points and 4.8 assists a game. The other leading scorers are Farad Cobb, a 6-1 senior guard, (10.7); Gary Clark, a 6-8 sophomore forward (10.7, 9 rebs); and Octavius Ellis, a 6-10 senior forward (10, 7.7 rebs). Cincinnati finished fifth in the American (formerly the Big East) Conference. Temple won the regular season title but Connecticut won the conference tournament, including a four OT thriller over Cincinnati.
Famous alumni: William Taft (1857-1930), U.S. President; Oscar Robertson, NBA; Sandy Koufax, Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers; Urban Meyer, Ohio State football coach, Nick Van Exel and Kenyon Martin, NBA.
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