Team preview: Saint Joseph's

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2005-06 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: November 3, 2005, 3:25 PM ET
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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

There must be something in the drinking water at Saint Joseph's.

How else do you explain the run of big-time coaches that the school has produced despite playing in a high school-sized home gym and having a tiny enrollment (3,900 students) by men's hoops power standards?

Despite these factors working against them, eventual NBA coaches Jack Ramsay, Jack McKinney and Jim Lynam roamed the Jesuit school's sideline.

Once again, the Hawks have themselves another real X and O maestro in Phil Martelli. But there's a unique difference between Martelli and those other coaching greats. There doesn't appear to be any danger of Martelli leaving Hawk Hill. Over the course of his highly successful last five seasons, there have been opportunities for him to leave. Rutgers and Penn State expressed interest, and his name invariably was bandied about at other schools, but Martelli has stayed put and has grown into one of the nation's most respected coaches.

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