St. Joe's releases full 2017-18 schedule

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St. Joe's releases full 2017-18 schedule

Five days after St. Joe's released its non-conference schedule, the Hawks' full 2017-18 slate was finalized after the Atlantic 10 announced its conference schedule.

St. Joe's opens conference play Dec. 30 at George Washington and then comes home to play VCU on Jan. 3 before host St. Bonaventure three days later in a game that will be aired on ESPNU.

The Hawks, which finished 12th in the A-10 last season with a 4-14 record in the conference, will finish their season with three of their final five games at home against A-10 opponents. Last season, St. Joe's finished 11-20 overall.

Here's a look at Saint Joseph's full schedule, which was released Wednesday:

Nov. 11: at Toledo

Nov. 18: Princeton

Nov. 23: vs. Washington State*

Nov. 24: vs. Harvard/Saint Mary's*

Nov. 26: TBA*

Nov. 29: Bucknell

Dec. 2: Villanova

Dec. 9: at Temple

Dec. 17: Maine

Dec. 20: vs. St. John's (in Connecticut)

Dec. 30: at George Washington

Jan. 3: VCU

Jan. 6: St. Bonaventure

Jan. 10: at George Mason

Jan. 14: at UMass

Jan. 17: Dayton

Jan. 20: Fordham

Jan. 24: at St. Bonaventure

Jan. 27: at Penn (Palestra)

Jan. 31: Saint Louis

Feb. 3: at La Salle

Feb. 6: at Davidson

Feb. 10: UMass

Feb. 14: at Fordham

Feb. 17: Duquesne

Feb. 21: George Mason

Feb. 24: at Richmond

Feb. 27: at Rhode Island

March 3: La Salle

*Wooden Legacy tournament in California

St. Joe's full non-conference schedule released for 2017-18 season

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St. Joe's full non-conference schedule released for 2017-18 season

St. Joe's is headed to the West Coast for Thanksgiving.

The Hawks will, for the first time, participate in the Wooden Legacy at Cal State Fullerton from Nov. 23-26. They open the tournament against Washington State and then play either Harvard or Saint Mary's the next day. Cal State Fullerton, Georgia, Sacramento State and San Diego State are the other teams in the tourney.

On Dec. 2, St. Joe's hosts Villanova, a week before visiting Temple.

Phil Martelli's team also travels to Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut to face St. John's on Dec. 20.

Here's a look at Saint Joseph's full non-conference schedule, released Thursday:

Nov. 11: at Toledo

Nov. 18: Princeton

Nov. 23: vs. Washington State*

Nov. 24: vs. Harvard/Saint Mary's*

Nov. 26: TBA*

Nov. 29: Bucknell

Dec. 2: Villanova

Dec. 9: at Temple

Dec. 17: Maine

Dec. 20: vs. St. John's (in Connecticut)

Jan. 27: at Penn (Palestra)

*Wooden Legacy tournament in California

St. Joe's to open Wooden Legacy Tournament against Washington State on Thanksgiving

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St. Joe's to open Wooden Legacy Tournament against Washington State on Thanksgiving

This year, Turkey Day entails Hawks basketball.

Saint Joseph's has drawn Washington State in the first round of the Wooden Legacy Tournament, which opens on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. The game is set for 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3. Win or lose, Phil Martelli's team will play the next day against either Saint Mary's or Harvard.

Cal State Fullerton, Georgia, San Diego State and Sacramento State fill the other side of the eight-team bracket. SJU is guaranteed three games and will also play one of those four schools, depending on results. The final day of the tournament is Sunday, Nov. 26.

The injury bug took a big bite out of the Hawks' 2016-2017 campaign that resulted in a disappointing 11-20 record. However, all of the team's key players are back for another year, and with health and experience figure to improve on that mark.

Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr Kimble, SJU's two leading scorers from last season, should both be good to go in the fall after suffering season-ending injuries.