Despite coming off an 11-20 season, Saint Joseph's was picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll released this week.
It's the highest the Hawks have been picked to finish since 2012-13 when they were the preseason favorite.
St. Joe's went just 4-14 in the conference last season after winning the A-10 with a 13-5 conference record the previous year. The Hawks have won the A-10 twice in the last four seasons.
Phil Martelli enters his 23rd season as head coach, and he has all five starters coming back. The Hawks lost some key players last season. Shavar Newkirk was averaging 20.3 points per game until he tore his ACL in the conference opener. Lamarr Kimble was averaging 15.5 points and leading the team in assists when he fractured his foot in February.
Newkirk was named to the preseason All-Conference Second Team; Kimble and Charlie Brown Jr. were third-teamers.
St. Joe's begins its season on Nov. 11 at Toledo, with the Hawks' home opener coming the following Saturday, Nov. 18 against Princeton (see schedule).
It was a beneficial weekend for the Eagles, who got to kick up their feet and rest Sunday following their impressive win in Carolina on Thursday.
The 5-1 Eagles, after making the Panthers 4-2, watched Sunday as two main NFC contenders — the Packers and Falcons — lost. The Eagles are the NFC's only 5-1 team and their 4-0 record within the conference bodes extremely well for tiebreaker purposes moving forward.
The only previously unbeaten team, the Chiefs, lost on Sunday as well, meaning the Eagles are tied for the best record in the NFL.
Vegas noticed. The Eagles are now tied for the third-shortest odds in the NFL to win the Super Bowl, according to OddsShark.
Here's a look at the updated odds:
• Patriots: 9/2
• Steelers: 8/1
• Eagles/Chiefs: 17/2
• Seahawks: 11/1
• Falcons: 14/1
The Eagles have scored the fifth-most points in the NFL, and among teams who have played six games, they've allowed the fourth-fewest. Their plus-43 point differential is third in the NFL to only the Chiefs (plus-47) and Jaguars (plus-46).
Prior to Week 6, the Eagles' Super Bowl odds were 16/1, per Westgate, so the events of this past week cut the Eagles' odds nearly in half. Their season-opening Super Bowl odds, via Westgate, were 60/1.
Joel Embiid is in, Markelle Fultz is out for the Sixers' preseason finale tonight in Kansas City against the Miami Heat.
Embiid is expected to play around 15 minutes tonight. He was his typical impressive self in 15 minutes Wednesday against the Nets, scoring 22 points with seven rebounds, three assists and a block. Somehow, he was able to go 14 for 18 from the foul line in that limited time. Embiid's looking forward to continuing to frustrate those who guard him this season.
Fultz will miss the game with right knee soreness. He'll end the preseason having played just two of five games, missing three with a combination of knee and shoulder soreness.
Amir Johnson (ankle) will also miss Friday's game, which will be on NBC Sports Philadelphia at 8:30 p.m. and streamed live here and on the NBC Sports App.