The last time Phil Martelli's team was in the NCAA tournament in 2014, the Hawks led Connecticut in the final minute of regulation and went on to lose in overtime in the opening round.
That UConn squad went on to win the national championship.
This team's star, DeAndre' Bembry, played 45 minutes and scored 16 points in that game. Bembry, a 6'6" junior wing, is a future pro. He was at the Nike Skills Academy this past summer with some of the best players in the nation—Denzel Valentine, Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn, Ben Simmons, Jakob Poeltl, etc.—and Bembry absolutely belonged on the court with those guys.
The Hawks also have one of the nation's most improved players in stretch 4 Isaiah Miles. Miles is the team's leading scorer at 18.4 points per game and is a matchup problem because of his ability to take bigs out to the perimeter, where he shoots 38.8 percent from three.
Martelli is also one of the game's best in-game coaches. Give him two stars in a tourney setting, and he's going to put them in spots to succeed.
If Saint Joseph's gets past Cincy, you could make the argument that Bembry and Miles will be two of the three best players on the floor against top-seeded Oregon. The Ducks are weaker than most No. 1 seeds—most years, that's a team that would probably fall on the three or four line—and the talent gap between the two teams isn't huge.
Get to the Sweet 16, and Baylor and Duke are two of the weaker teams on their seed line. Also worth mentioning is that the A-10 has had a team reach the Sweet 16 in each of the last eight seasons. Saint Joseph's is the best bet to keep the streak alive.