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It's a yearly tradition for Saint Joseph's and La Salle to battle head-to-head in Atlantic 10 competition, and now the dates of their upcoming men's basketball matchups are set in stone.
Taylor Funk (above) is back to lead St. Joe's after averaging 17.4 ppg last season. (Photo: Mark Jordan/CoBL)
The Hawks and Explorers' conference slates were announced on Thursday as the Atlantic 10 released its full schedule for the 2021-2022 season, which includes a total of 76 nationally televised and digitally produced games between its 14 members.
The area's two A-10 members will play for the first time this season in their annual contest on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 17) at SJU's Hagan Arena to be aired nationally on CBS Sports Network. La Salle won last year’s game on MLK Day, 90-83.
They’ll meet again on March 7 at La Salle’s Tom Gola Arena for the second and final meeting of the regular season for the Big 5 opponents.
St. Joe's will kick off its 18-game A-10 schedule on Dec. 30 by traveling to Richmond for a game against the Spiders. The Hawks will play their first conference home game on Jan. 2 against George Washington.
Aside from their first matchup with La Salle, they’ll have three other nationally televised games as well -- all against marquee opponents. St. Joe's will take on Virginia Commonwealth at VCU’s Siegel Center on Jan. 22 on the USA Network. On Jan. 29, the Hawks will play St. Bonaventure on the road at the Reilly Center, again on the USA Network. They’ll wrap up their scheduled games on national television on Feb. 26 at home with another meeting with the Bonnies to be aired on CBS Sports Network.
Those three games against a strong Rams team and the defending conference champion St. Bonaventure will serve as some of the toughest of the season for third-year head coach Billy Lange and his Hawks, who went 3-9 in A-10 play last season and had a 5-15 overall record.
Saint Joseph’s will play its final conference game of the season on March 5 at home against Rhode Island.
Ashley Howard (above) enters his fourth year as the Explorers' head coach. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)
La Salle begins conference play for the year on Dec. 30 as well, facing Fordham at home. Explorers head coach Ashley Howard will open up his fourth season of A-10 competition against a familiar face in first-year Fordham coach Kyle Neptune, as both were assistants to head coach Jay Wright at Villanova from 2013-2018.
Like the Hawks, the Explorers also have a total of four nationally televised conference games in their schedule. Prior to the MLK Day game, La Salle will welcome VCU into Tom Gola Arena on Jan. 8 to play on an NBC Universal network. Following the game against St. Joseph’s on CBS Sports Network, the Explorers will play two more times on NBC Universal air -- Jan. 22 against Richmond and Jan. 29 at Davidson. La Salle also has one non-conference game to be aired nationally, coming Nov. 28 against Villanova at The Palestra on an ESPN network.
The Explorers will finish their conference schedule on March 5 at Duquesne.
Like the Hawks, La Salle is aiming to improve on a down 2020-2021 season after going 6-11 in the conference and 9-16 overall. Last season, La Salle ranked No. 12 in the A-10 tournament and actually faced St. Joseph’s, ranked No. 13, in the first round. The Hawks won 72-66 before being knocked out by Massachusetts the next round.
The 2021-2022 Atlantic 10 tournament at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., will begin on March 9, with the first round being shown on ESPN+. The second round will air on NBC Sports Network on March 10. The quarterfinals will be March 11 on NBC Sports Network. The semifinals will be on March 12 on CBS Sports Network, and the final will follow on March 13 on CBS.
St. Joseph’s MBB 2021-2022 A-10 schedule
Thurs., Dec. 30 @ Richmond
Sun., Jan. 2 vs. George Washington
Wed., Jan. 5 vs Davidson
Sat., Jan. 8 @ George Mason
Wed., Jan. 12 @ Rhode Island
Mon., Jan. 17 vs. La Salle
Sat., Jan. 22 @ VCU
Wed., Jan. 26 vs. Duquesne
Sat., Jan. 29 @ St. Bonaventure
Sat., Feb. 5 vs. Fordham
Wed., Feb. 9 @ Davidson
Sat., Feb. 12 @ UMass
Wed., Feb. 16 vs. George Mason
Sat., Feb. 19 vs. Dayton
Tues. Feb. 22 @ St. Louis
Sat., Feb. 26 vs. St. Bonaventure
Wed., March 2 @ La Salle
Sat., March 5 vs. Rhode Island
La Salle MBB 2021-2022 A-10 schedule
Thurs., Dec. 30 vs. Fordham
Sun., Jan. 2 @ Rhode Island
Wed., Jan. 5 @ St. Louis
Sat., Jan. 8 vs. VCU
Tues., Jan. 11 vs. St. Bonaventure
Mon., Jan. 17 @ St. Joe's
Sat., Jan. 22 vs. Richmond
Wed., Jan. 26 vs. UMass
Sat., Jan. 29 @ Davidson
Wed., Feb. 2 @ George Washington
Sat., Feb. 5 vs. George Mason
Tues., Feb. 8 vs. St. Louis
Sat., Feb. 12 @ Richmond
Sat., Feb. 19 @ UMass
Wed., Feb. 23 @ Fordham
Sat., Feb. 26 vs. Dayton
Wed., March 2 vs. St. Joseph’s
Sat., March 5 @ Duquesne