By Annie Ross
The St. Joseph’s Hawks are having a great season.
And only because the No.-1-ranked-in-the-nation Villanova Wildcats get all the local buzz has kept them a national secret.
The Hawks are 20-4, lead the Atlantic 10, are undefeated on the road, and just beat their top competitor in the league, Dayton, on Wednesday night to bolster their credentials.
And yet, St. Joseph’s fantastic season doesn’t make it secure yet. Its RPI of 24 is solid, but its overall strength of schedule (79) weighs it down significantly.
The A-10’s basement teams hurt the league’s overall RPI (seventh nationally) and subsequently make it harder on the A-10’s bubble teams.
That and St. Joseph’s non-conference schedule wasn’t spectacular; the best win came at Temple. Right now, this team is in. But bad losses in conference play could change that.