Monday, November 30, 2015

Philly Hoopla: Five for Five

Finding another day when Philly college hoops went 5-0.

Philly Hoopla: Five for Five


Five Philly college hoop teams won Wednesday night, including the big win by La Salle over Xavier and the huuuuuge victory by Temple over Duke. (Saint Joseph's, Penn and Drexel were also victorious.)

So far — and we'll keep looking — we found only one day where five teams went undefeated. On Saturday, Jan 16, 1999, all Big 5 teams played at home and won. (Drexel did not play, but had won on Jan. 15 and would win again on Jan. 17.)

(If anyone has an idea for another day that might have happened, drop me an email.)

Here are those scores:

School Opponent Result
La Salle Dayton W 81-70  
Penn Colgate W 68-50
Saint Joseph's    Fordham W 82-80
Temple Rhode Island    W 76-63
Villanova Notre Dame W 86-65
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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