Thanks to La Salle's 80-71 victory over Boise State, two Philadelphia teams will partake in separate NCAA Tournament games at the same site away from the city on the same day for just the ninth time in the 75-year history of the tourney.
And that doesn't include times when two schools have faced off against each other (Penn-Villanova, 1971 and 1972;Temple-Drexel, 1994) or when the site was the City of Brotherly itself (1964, 1970, 71, 1975 and 1978).
Our favorite of all these, was the 1979 Friday doubleheader in Raleigh, N.C., when Temple was dropping a 75-70 game to St. John's and the Owls' cheerleaders started a "Let's Go, Quakers" chant for Penn, which was to take on Iona in Game 2. Penn, of course, topped Iona and teamed with St. John's two days later to take down Duke and North Carolina in what ACC tradiltionists refer to as Black Sunday.
Our least favorite was Penn and Saint Joseph's dropping a pair in Uniondale in 1982, especially since a victory would have put the Hawks in a second-round game against Villanova.