Even though, the St. Joseph’s Hawks got crushed by the Creighton Blue Jays 80-51 this afternoon, this was a great learning experience for a young Hawks team. This was a tough test for the Hawks and they went into a tough environment and went up against a National Player of the Year candidate in Doug McDermott.
The Hawks did not shoot well and they did not get any production from their starting lineup but as I just said this was a learning experience. They will get better and learn from this. The Hawks know how to play against tough competition. They have beaten Notre Dame in overtime and Harvard (Ivy) and came up short against a very good Florida State team out of the ACC.
For Saint Joseph’s this goes down as a good loss on the tournament resume because they will be good this season and the Blue Jays of Creighton will be great this season as they could possibly be in the top ten in the polls when Monday comes around.
I like this kind of loss for St. Joes because they went against Doug McDermott which is not an easy matchup. He is a player that could win National Player of the Year depending on how far Creighton goes. McDermott went off for 23 points in 27 minutes which isn’t that bad if you are St. Joseph’s.
The Hawks will take this loss back to Hawk Hill and will improve throughout the season. I expect them to most likely win the Atlantic 10 and be big players in the NCAA Tournament. You never know, the Hawks and Blue Jays might meet up again in the Sweet 16 where the stakes are much higher.
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