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The City vs. No. 1

City schools vs. the AP's top-ranked team.

The City vs. No. 1

When Villanova hosts Syracuse Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, it will mark the 54th time a Philly college has played the AP's top-ranked team. They are 8-45 so far, with the Wildcats registering five of those victories: 

Date School Opponent Location/Site Result
March 21, 1949 Villanova vs. Kentucky *New York, N.Y.  L   72-  85
Jan. 7, 1950 Saint Joseph's at St. John's New York, N.Y.  L   58-  96
Jan. 31, 1953 Villanova Seton Hall Palestra  L   76-  84
Feb. 16, 1953 Villanova at Seton Hall South Orange, N.J.  L   68-  83
Dec. 22, 1954 La Salle at Kentucky Lexington, Ky.   L   54-  63
Jan. 1, 1955 Temple at Kentucky Lexington, Ky.  L   69-101
March 19, 1955 La Salle San Francisco *Kansas City  L   63-  77
Dec. 26, 1955 La Salle vs. San Francisco New York, N.Y.  L   62-  79
Jan. 8, 1958 Villanova West Virginia Palestra  L   75-  76
Feb. 21, 1959 Villanova at North Carolina St.  Raleigh, N.C.  L   56-  66
Dec. 11, 1959 Saint Joseph's at Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio  L   79-123
Dec. 28, 1959 Saint Joseph's vs. Cincinnati New York, N.Y.  L   77-  86
March 24, 1961 Saint Joseph's vs. Ohio St. *Kansas City, Mo.  L   69-  95
March 27, 1971 Villanova vs. UCLA *Houston, Texas  L   62-  68
Dec. 5, 1978 La Salle at Duke Durham, N.C.   L   42-  66
Feb. 18, 1980 La Salle at DePaul Chicago  L   75-  92
March 14, 1981 Saint Joseph's vs. DePaul *Dayton, Ohio  W 49-  48
March 21, 1982 Villanova vs. North Carolina *Raleigh, N.C.  L   60-  70
Feb. 13, 1983 Villanova at North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C.  W  56-  53
March 27, 1983 Villanova vs. Houston *Kansas City, Mo.  L   71-  89
March 17, 1984 Temple vs. North Carolina *Charlotte, N.C.  L   66-  77
Jan. 12, 1985 Villanova Georgetown Spectrum  L   50-  52
Feb. 9, 1985 Villanova St. John's Spectrum  L   68-  70
March 16, 1985 Temple vs. Georgetown *Hartford, Conn.  L   46-  63
April 1, 1985 Villanova vs. Georgetown *Lexington, Ky.  W 66-  64
Feb. 10, 1988 Villanova at Temple McGonigle Hall  L   86-  98
Dec. 2, 1989 Temple at Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y.  L   56-  73
Jan. 6, 1990 Villanova at Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y.  W 93-  74
Dec. 8, 1994 Villanova at North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C.  L   66-  75
Jan. 14, 1995 Penn at Massachusetts Amherst, Mass.   L   60-  93
Jan. 21, 1995 Temple at Massachusetts Amherst, Mass.  L   58-  59
Feb. 18, 1995 Villanova at Connecticut Storrs, Conn.  W 96-  73
Dec. 22, 1995 Temple vs. Kansas East Rutherford, N.J.  W 74-  66 (ot)
Feb. 1, 1995 Saint Joseph's at Massachusetts Amherst, Mass.   L   62-  74
Jan. 10, 1996 Saint Joseph's Massachusetts Fieldhouse  L   89-  94 (ot)
Feb. 1, 1996 Temple Massachusetts McGonigle Hall  L   35-  59
Feb. 11, 1996 Temple at Massachusetts Amherst, Mass.  L   55-  84
Feb. 15, 1996 La Salle at Massachusetts Amherst, Mass.  L   53-  70
Dec. 10, 1997 Villanova at Duke Durham, N.C.  L   66-  94
Dec. 30, 1998 Villanova at Connecticut Hartford, Conn.  L   76-100
March 21, 1999 Temple Duke *East Rutherford, N.J.  L   64-  85
Feb. 20, 2000 Temple at Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio  W 77-  69
Nov. 24, 2000 Temple vs. Duke New York, N.Y.  L   61-  63
Dec. 2, 2000 Temple Duke First Union Center  L   68-  93
Dec. 5, 2001 Temple at Duke Durham, N.C.  L   57-  82
Nov. 23, 2005 Drexel vs. Duke New York, N.Y.  L   68-  78
Dec. 7, 2005 Penn at Duke Durham, N.C.  L   59-  72
Feb. 13, 2006 Villanova Connecticut Wachovia Center  W 69-  64
Feb. 25, 2006 Temple Duke Wachovia Center  L   66-  74
Dec. 4, 2007 Penn North Carolina Palestra  L   71-106
Dec. 12, 2009 La Salle at Kansas Kansas City, Mo.  L   65-  90
Jan. 2, 2010 Temple Kansas Liacouras Center  L   52-  84
Feb. 23, 2011 Temple at Duke Durham, N.C.  L   61-  78
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