Explorers Aiming for the Top

When last we left the La Salle Explorers Sunday afternoon, they had snapped a 10-game losing streak to Villanova. That is the first step toward ending another streak ... 22 consecutive seasons since its last outright City Series title.

And one of those would go a long way toward the ultimate prize for La Salle, returning to the NCAA Tournament after a two-decade long absence.

Since the Big 5 was created for the 1955-56 season, there have been 31 outright City Series champions. (The eight half round-robin seasons in the 1990s don't count in our book.) Of those 31 teams, 24 made the NCAA Tournament. That includes the last eight and 18 of the 20 since 1970.

Here are the full round-robin city series champions and their postseason performance:

 Year  Team  Postseason          
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Year  Team  Postseason
 1956  Saint Joseph's  NIT (2-1)  1980  Saint Joseph's  NIT (0-1)
 1958  Temple  NCAA (3-1)  1983  Villanova  NCAA (2-1)
 1959  Saint Joseph's  NCAA (0-2)  1985  Villanova  NCAA (6-0)
 1961  Saint Joseph's  NCAA (3-1)  1987  Temple  NCAA (1-1)
 1962  Villanova  NCAA (2-1)  1988  Temple  NCAA (3-1)
 1964  La Salle  —  1990  La Salle  NCAA (1-1)
 1965  Saint Joseph's  NCAA (1-2)  2001  Villanova  NIT (0-1)
 1966  Saint Joseph's  NCAA (2-1)  2002  Penn  NCAA (0-1)
 1967  Villanova  NIT (0-1)  2003  Saint Joseph's  NCAA (0-1)
 1968  Saint Joseph's  —  2004  Saint Joseph's  NCAA (3-1)
 1969  La Salle  Ineligible  2006  Villanova  NCAA (3-1)
 1970  Penn  NCAA (0-1)  2007  Villanova  NCAA (0-1)
 1971  Penn  NCAA (2-1)  2009  Villanova  NCAA (4-1)
 1973  Penn  NCAA (1-2)  2010  Villanova  NCAA (1-1)
 1974  Penn  NCAA (0-1)  2011  Villanova  NCAA (0-1)
 1975  La Salle  NCAA      

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