The conference tournaments for Philly teams have taken shape after Saturday's games.
First, the Big East. Villanova staggered through the end of the regular season. The Wildcats (21-10) have lost four straight and six of eight. Villanova is banged up and heading the wrong direction in March.
The Wildcats, who not that long ago had a chance for a double-bye right into Thursday’s quarterfinals, will play South Florida in a first-round game on Tuesday at 7. Villanova is the 10th seed and USF is the 15th seed. A Villanova victory will mean a Wednesday night game against Cincinnati. Villanova beat both USF and Cincy during the season. Notre Dame, red-hot, awaits in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
In the Atlantic 10, Saint Joseph’s won at Charlotte, 71-70, to get the last berth in the conference tournament. The Hawks, 9-21 and the 12th seed, will play at George Washington on Tuesday at 7. GW is the fifth seed. The Hawks lost to GW on Jan. 8, 78-71, at Hagan Arena. The winner will play Duquesne in the A-10 quarterfinals on Friday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
La Salle. which lost at Temple on Saturday, 92-80, is the 10th seed and will play in the first round at seventh-seeded St. Bonaventure on Tuesday at 5. La Salle lost at St. Bonaventure, 82-61, on Feb. 12. The winner will play second-seeded Temple on Friday in Atlantic City. The Owls are the three-time defending A-10 tourney champions.
In the Colonial Athletic Association tourney, Drexel lost in the quarterfinals to VCU, 62-60, on an inside shot at the buzzer. With 20 wins, the Dragons have a decent shot at the NIT.
March is here. The basketball means everything. The winning means everything, and the losing means even more.