Meet Me in Kansas City ...

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.

The teams will be playing in separate sessions (the Explorers will play at 3:40 against Kansas State; the Wildcats at 7:20 against the Tar Heels), but if both win ... well, a real-live, old-time Big 5 doubleheader will be the second Philadelphia icon to head to Kansas City in three months. (Andy Reid was the first.)

If that happens, someone be sure to leave a ticket for Yo-Yo ...

 Date  City  Round  Scores
 March 8, 1955
 
 New York
 
 First
 Round
 La Salle 95, West Virginia 61
 Villanova 74, Duke 73
 March 16, 1962 
 
 College Park, Md.

 Regional
 Semifinals 
 Wake Forest 96, Saint Joseph's 85 (ot) 
 Villanova 79, New York U. 76
 March 18, 1971
 
 Raleigh, N.C.
 
 Regional
 Semifinals
 Villanova 85, Fordham 75
 Penn 79, South Carolina 64
 March 17, 1978
 
 Providence, R.I.
 
 Regional
 Semifinals
 Duke 84, Penn 80
 Villanova 61, Indiana 60
 March 9, 1979
 
 Raleigh, N.C.
 
 First
 Round
 St. John's 75, Temple 70
 Penn 73, Iona 69
 March 6, 1980
 
 West Lafayette, Ind. 
 
 First
 Round
 Penn 62, Washington St. 55
 Purdue 90, La Salle 82
 March 12, 1982
 
 Uniondale, N.Y.
 
 First
 Round
 St. John's 66, Penn 56
 Northeastern 63, Saint Joseph's 62
 March 16, 1995
 
 Baltimore, Md.
 
 First
 Round
 Alabama 91, Penn 85 (ot)
 Oklahoma St. 73, Drexel 49
 March 22, 2013
 
 Kansas City, Mo.
 
 Second
 Round
 La Salle vs. Kansas St.
 Villanova vs. North Carolina

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