A look at the Philly City Six men's basketball teams

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Josh Hart of Villanova dunks against Marquette during the 2nd half at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan 7, 2017. He was given a technical foul for hanging on the rim. CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer

Here is a look at the Philadelphia City Six men's basketball teams:

DREXEL

Senior forward Rodney Williams quietly has been building a solid season for the Dragons. First-year coach Zach Spiker says he sees those types of years from seniors now and then, and likes that out of Williams.

"Sometimes as seniors go, they become more urgent down the stretch," Spiker said, "and I think that Rodney definitely has had that urgency. I can't compare him to previous years but I think he's playing some of his best basketball - as I'm listening to others who have seen Rodney - and we're happy for that."

The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Williams leads the team in scoring at 16.7 points per game, a total that ranks third in the CAA. He's also fifth in the league in rebounds (7.1), fourth in field-goal percentage (52.4) and third in offensive rebounds (3.3).

COMING UP

Thursday at Northeastern, 7 p.m.

Saturday vs. Delaware, 4 p.m.

VILLANOVA

With the return of guard Phil Booth "still going to be a while," according to his coach, Jay Wright still is trying to figure out the best way in the Wildcats' seven-man rotation to balance the right amount of minutes for everyone without putting too much of a burden on seniors Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins.

"The problem with seven, and that's what we're struggling with, is that we know how to do eight and nine," Wright said after the Wildcats' win over Marquette. "I don't think I'm doing a good job of getting these guys out sometimes because I'm so comfortable with them out there. It's really on me to figure that out.

Hart is averaging a team-high 33.6 minutes and Jenkins is at 31.5. Wright said he wants to get senior Darryl Reynolds, the team's best post player, on the floor more; he played just 18 minutes against Marquette and averages 24.9 minutes.

COMING UP

Saturday at St. John's, noon

Monday vs. Seton Hall, 6:30 p.m.

TEMPLE

Sophomore Ernest Aflakpui is coming off his third double-double of the season, having scored a career-high 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Owls' victory Saturday over East Carolina.

Temple coach Fran Dunphy said his 6-10 center from Archbishop Carroll continues to learn and improve.

"He's learning the game. It's so very new to him," Dunphy said. "He didn't play as a senior in high school and he didn't play a whole lot last year, so he's still so new to the game. But he adds energy and enthusiasm and understanding of the game, so we've got to get even more out of Ern."

Aflakpui, who had scored just 14 points in his five games before Saturday, also had double-doubles against La Salle and Penn earlier in the season. He is averaging 4.6 points and 5.7 rebounds while playing 17.2 minutes per game, but he was on the floor for a career-high 30 minutes on Saturday.

COMING UP

Wednesday at Connecticut, 9 p.m.

Saturday vs. Tulsa, 4 p.m.

ST. JOSEPH'S

With the season-ending injury suffered by point guard Shavar Newkirk, sophomore Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble has been asked to do more at the position, and the initial results haven't been up to his usual standards of play.

In his two full games since Newkirk's injury on Dec. 30, Kimble is averaging 10 points and five assists but is shooting just 33.3 percent from the field and 22.2 percent (2 of 9) from the free-throw line while committing 14 turnovers.

"He's in a situation where most nights he's going to be forced to play 38-40 minutes," Hawks coach Phil Martelli said. "He's been trying so hard but his turnover numbers are much too high for a player of his skill level. So we had a conversation about just reducing this thing, making one play and then trying to get some of these younger players more involved."

COMING UP

Saturday vs. Richmond, 12:30 p.m.

PENN

The Quakers had their share of problems at the offensive end in their 61-52 loss to Princeton in their Ivy League opener. Their top two scorers, freshman A.J. Brodeur and senior Matt Howard, combined for one field goal in nine attempts and connected on seven of 16 free throws. The team managed just four assists in the game.

Still, Penn fought and made a game out of it. The Quakers trailed 34-17 at the break and 39-18 less than four minutes into the second half before mounting a comeback that saw them run off a 26-5 spurt that tied the game at 44-all. But it wasn't enough, even though the Tigers shot just 34.7 percent from the field and made only three baskets from beyond the arc.

COMING UP

Friday vs. Yale, 8 p.m.

Saturday vs. Brown, 8 p.m.

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