The End of the Villanova 7?

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Maalik Wayns is trying to keep his dribble - and his NCAA Tournament hopes - alive ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer )

Unless Maalik Wayns and the Villanova Wildcats pull the old Kemba Walker/Connecticut Huskies trick (five Big East Tournament wins in five days) starting Tuesday night, Jay Wright will see his streak of seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances disappear on the hardwood at Madison Square Garden.

That run matches the second best in City 6 history, behind only the 12 in a row that John Chaney yanked and pulled the Temple Owls to from 1990-2001.

Temple, meanwhile, has a virtual lock on its fifth straight Dance Trip. Once that is official on Sunday (either by winning the A10 or by the Selection Committee), it will be tied for the fifth longest run in the city's history.

Those Philly schools with three or more consecutive NCAA appearances:

 No.  School  Years        Coach(es)   W-  L  Furthest Advanced
 12  Temple  1999-01  John Chaney  16-12  Regional Final (1991, 93, 99, 01)
   7  Villanova  1980-86  Rollie Massimino  14-  6  Won Championship (1985)
   7  Villanova  2005-11  Jay Wright  12-  7  National Semifinal (2009)
   6
 Penn
 1970-75
 Dick Harter (2)/
 Chuck Daly (4)
   5- 5
 Regional Final (1971, 72)
   5  St. Joseph's   1959-63  Jack Ramsay    5-  5  National Semifinal (1961)
   5  Temple  1984-88  John Chaney    8-  5  Regional Final (1988)
   4  Villanova  1969-72  Jack Kraft    7-  4  Championship Game (1971)
   4  Temple  2008-11  Fran Dunphy    1-  4  Second Round (2011)
   3  Penn  1978-80  Bob Weinhauer    6-  3  National Semifinal (1979)
 La Salle  1988-90  Speedy Morris  1-  3  Second Round (1990)
   3  Penn  1993-95  Fran Dunphy    1-  3  Second Round (1994)
   3  Drexel  1994-96  Bill Herrion    1-  3  Second Round (1996)
   3  Villanova  1995-97  Steve Lappas    2-  3  Second Round (1996, 97)
   3
 Penn
 2005-07
 Fran Dunphy (2)/ 
 Glen Miller (1)
 0-  3  First Round (2005-07)

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