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Saint Joseph's Hawks
Saint Joseph's Hawks
School Name: Saint Joseph's University
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Arena: Hagan Arena
Capacity: 4,200
Conference: A-10
Head coach: Billy Lange

Saint Joseph's University is a private, coeducational Roman Catholic university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school was founded in 1851 as Saint Joseph's College by the Society of Jesus (commonly referred to as "Jesuits"). Saint Joseph's University educates over 7,000 students each year. In 1970, ownership of Saint Joseph's College was transferred to a private corporation governed by a Board of Trustees. That same year, women were admitted for the first time. In 1978, Saint Joseph's College was elevated to the rank of university.

Saint Joseph's University is home of the Hawks. It competes in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. It belongs to the Atlantic 10 Conference. School colors are crimson and grey. Along with the Atlantic 10, Saint Joseph's is a member of the Philadelphia Big 5, enhancing rivalries with Temple University and Villanova University.

Their historic rival has been the Explorers of La Salle University. Their recent major rival, especially in men's basketball, is Villanova University (known locally as "the Holy War" (Villanova vs. St. Joe's), because of their Roman Catholic affiliations--St. Joseph's with the Jesuits and Villanova with the Augustinians).

The Saint Joseph's basketball teams play most of their home games at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse on the school's campus, while some games are played at the Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.

Fans of the Hawks often chant "The Hawk Will Never Die!". Since the school's "undefeated" season, this chant has gained familiarity with the team's opponents. In 2003, 'Sports Illustrated listed that cheer among The 100 Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate (Whatever the Cost), calling it "the most defiant cheer in college sports."

Saint Joseph's University will host first and second round games of the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The games will be played at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 19 and March 21.