I always intend to do this every year, and more often than not I forget. I remembered this time, even if it was just a few hours before the start of the season.
Here’s the schedule of all of this season’s Big 5 City Series games and how you can (or can’t, in a few cases) watch them on TV.
Saturday, November 9: Temple at Penn (5:00 p.m., no TV)
Wednesday, December 4: Penn at Villanova (8:00 p.m., Fox Sports 1)
Wednesday, December 4: Saint Joseph’s at Temple (8:00 p.m., ESPNews)
Saturday, December 7: Villanova at Saint Joseph’s (6:00 p.m., CBS Sports Network)
Sunday, December 15: La Salle at Villanova (2:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1)
Saturday, January 11: La Salle at Penn (no TV)
Saturday, January 18: Temple vs. La Salle at the Palestra (12:00 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2)
Saturday, January 18: Saint Joseph’s at Penn (7:00 p.m., no TV)
Saturday, February 1: Villanova at Temple (4:00 p.m., CBS Sports Network)
Sunday, March 9: La Salle at Saint Joseph’s (4:00 p.m., CBS Sports Network)
The day Big 5 fans have long hoped to see is finally coming.
ESPN is bringing its "College GameDay" show to the Palestra on Saturday, January 18 for the Temple-La Salle game.
That means a two-hour morning show live from 33rd Street: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on ESPNU, and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on ESPN. The game will tip off at noon on ESPN or ESPN2.
We now know the tip times for those games - and that both games will be on national television.
That's right. Both games will be part of this year's college basketball tip-off marathon on the ESPN family of networks.
Temple's Khalif Wyatt, La Salle's Ramon Galloway on U.S. Basketball Writers Association's All-District team
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association's All-District teams have been announced, and as you would expect, the Big 5 is well-represented in the district that includes our region.
I am a member of the USBWA, and though I've voted for All-District honors in the past, I didn't this year because I don't feel I've watched enough live games to cast a well-informed ballot. Still, there are hundreds of USBWA members across the country, so I have a lot of respect for these awards.
Here are the honorees for District II, which includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, as well as New York, D.C. and West Virginia:
La Salle heads into the Atlantic 10 tournament looking to secure a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 21 years. I chatted wtih the Inquirer's Joe Juliano and Marc Narducci about the Explorers' postseason prospects.
UPDATE: Tyrone Garland hit the game-winning shot with 2.5 seconds left to lead La Salle past Mississippi, 76-74, in Kansas City. The Explorers are headed to the Sweet 16 in Los Angeles. They'll play Wichita State in the West Region semifinal on Thursday.
The "Southwest Philly Floater," as Garland called it in a television interview after the game, will go down as one of the great shots in Philadelphia college basketball history.
What a remarkable run it has been for La Salle. John Giannini and his players deserve every minute of the celebrations they'll have when they get back to Philly.
So here we are in mid-February, and the pressure is really starting to build on local teams hoping to make the NCAA Tournament.
Right now, the city has three candidates: La Salle, Temple and Villanova. They've all had roller-coaster seasons, and there are lots of twists and turns yet to come.
We could end up with all three in the Big Dance, and we could end up with none. Anything's possible.
Live chat transcript: La Salle's NCAA tournament run ends with 72-58 loss to Wichita State in Sweet 16
La Salle's storybook run through the NCAA tournament came to a crashing halt early Friday morning. The Explorers were decisively beaten in the Sweet 16 by Wichita State, 72-58.
Wichita State was just too good. Gregg Marshall had his team ready to shut down La Salle at the perimeter, and on offense the Shockers pounded the ball inside relentlessly. Malcolm Armstead led all scorers with 18 points. Carl Hall added 16 points, all from two-point range, and added eight rebounds.
As a team, Wichita State scored 40 of its 72 points in the paint, and just 15 from three-point range.