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Games 37, 38 and 39: The ascent to Madness begins

Welcome to the best week-and-change of the year for college basketball fans.

Games 37, 38 and 39: The ascent to Madness begins

Villanova´s Scottie Reynolds goes up for a shot against West Virginia. ( Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer )
Villanova's Scottie Reynolds goes up for a shot against West Virginia. ( Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer )

Welcome to the best week-and-change of the year for college basketball fans.

Betwen now and Friday, I expect to be covering no fewer than 17 games here on the blog. This coming Tuesday, I'll head to New York for three days at the Big East Tournament, with a slight detour Tuesday night to check out Penn at Princeton.

Then, on Friday, I'll be in Atlantic City for the quarterfinal quadrupleheader at the Atlantic 10 tournament.

Unfortunately, I won't be at any games on Saturday. That night is my grandmother's 95th birthday party, and I want to wish her full health and many more years of celebrations here in public. She means a great amount to me, so I think you all can understand why I'll be off the grid that day.

More coverage
 
Temple beats GW, earns share of A-10 title
 
Soft Pretzel Logic: All-day college hoops chat
 
Louisville stuns No. 1 Syracuse
 
Box score: West Virginia 68, 'Nova 66
 
Box score: Temple 70, George Washington 57
 
Villanova team stats

But my Philly.com colleagues will be jumping in to help bring you live coverage of Villanova's and Temple's games that day, so don't miss me too much. I'll be back Sunday for our annual Selection Sunday liveblog party.

Before we get to any of that, though, we have a monster slate of games. I'll be at three - West Virginia-Villanova, La Salle-Saint Joseph's and Dartmouth-Penn - and I'll combine them all into one live blog throughout the afternoon and evening.

There's also Temple's last home game of the year, against George Washington. Now since I know you all think I hate Temple, I'll tell you that I'd go to all four but I'd much rather watch complete games than small portions of each. And as the Temple game tips off at 2, I'm not sure I'd be able to make more than the last few minutes if I stayed for the entire Villanova game.

So go right ahead and keep bashing me. I can take it.

Anyway, here are today's scoreboards. There's also the weekly stats compilation. Enjoy this mammoth day of hoops action.

City six scoreboards:

West Virginia at Villanova, 12:00 p.m. (CBS)
George Washington at Temple, 2:00 p.m.
La Salle at Saint Joseph's, 4:00 p.m. (Comcast SportsNet)
Dartmouth at Penn, 7:00 p.m.

Other games include:

Purdue at Penn State, 2:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Rider at St. Peter's, 2:30 p.m.
Harvard at Princeton, 6:00 p.m.
Rutgers at Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m.

City Six rankings table

Team
Record
Conf.
Big 5
Drexel
16-16
11-7
1-2
148 (135)
139 (134)
136 (136)
158 (158)
118 (121) 
La Salle
12-17
4-11
1-2
157 (159)
160 (155)
157 (157)
192 (192)
83 (77)
Penn
5-21
4-8
0-4
303 (308)
301 (310)
319 (319)
312 (312)
199 (222)
St. Joseph's
10-19
4-11
1-2
190 (207)
184 (195)
197 (197)
215 (215)
50 (48)
Temple
25-5
13-2
4-0
27 (24)
15 (14)
19 (19)
20 (20)
60 (61)
Villanova
24-5
13-4
3-1
15 (14)
7 (8)
7 (7)
8 (8)
10 (26)

Schuylkill 16 NCAA Tournament teamsheets

Team
Wins
Losses
Top 50 wins
201+ losses
Avg. win
Avg. loss
14
17
0
9
274
192
7
24
0
5
217
118
Delaware St.
16
11
0
3
237
162
16
16
0
4
206
109
12
17
0
1
234
66
Lafayette
18
12
0
7
272
213
20
10
0
5
271
129
12
19
0
8
278
200
5
21
0
9
247
170
Penn State
11
18
0
3
209
88
Princeton
18
8
0
2
244
129
Rider
16
15
0
3
217
119
Rutgers
15
15
1
0
172
52
Saint Joseph's
10
19
1
0
188
84
Temple
25
5
7
0
141
36
Villanova
24
5
7
0
116
18

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
About this blog
Soft Pretzel Logic is Philly.com's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

Reach Jonathan at jtannenwald@phillynews.com or 215-854-2330.

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