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)|
|| 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)|
|3||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)|
|| Fran Dunphy (2)/
Glen Miller (1)
|0- 3||First Round (2005-07)|