City Series play begins Monday


Penn is at Villanova on Monday night as the 55th season of City Series play begins.

One of the highlights of the season will occur on a court, but will not involve a game.

On Jan. 29, 2010 at the Palestra, John Chaney, Rollie Massimino and Speedy Morris will all be inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame. Massimino (Villanova) is the only Big 5 era coach to win a national championship. Chaney (Temple) and Morris (La Salle) are the all-time winningest coaches at their schools.

The Wildcats, who have dominated the City Series the last five seasons (they have won 18 of their last 19), play in the first four Big 5 games — Nov. 28 vs. La Salle, Dec. 9 vs. Saint Joseph's at the Palestra, Dec. 13 at Temple.

Half of the City Series games will be at the Palestra. It would have been six if there had not been a scheduling conflict on March 6. Which is why St. Joe's and La Salle will be playing at Hagan Arena.


LaSalle's Aarric Muray was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Week.

He had 16 points and 11 rebounds in an 83-80 victory over Hampton on Saturday, becoming the first Explorer freshman to post a double-double in his debut since Michael Brooks had 25 points and 18 rebounds against Widener on Nov. 29, 1976. 


The week ahead


Penn at Villanova, 7


Drexel at Niagara, 8 a.m.

Temple at Georgetown, 4

Holy Cross at Saint Joseph’s, 7


Villanova vs. George Mason, 2 p.m. at Puerto Rico Classic/San Juan, P.R.

La Salle at South Carolina, 9:30 p.m. at Charleston (S.C.) Classic


Drexel at Rutgers, 7:30

Villanova vs. Dayton/Georgia Tech at 1 or 3 p.m. at Puerto Rico Classic/San Juan, P.R.

La Salle vs. South Florida/Davidson, 7 or 9:30 p.m., at Charleston (S.C.) Classic

Saint Joseph’s vs. Boston College, 6 p.m. at Paradise Jam, St. Thomas, V.I.


Delaware at Penn, 7

Siena at Temple, 7

Saint Joseph's vs. South Dakota State/Purdue, 6 p.m. at Paradise Jam, St. Thomas, V.I.

*If lose Nov. 20


La Salle vs. TBA, 10 a.m./12:30/3:30/6 at Charleston (S.C.) Classic

(Tulane, Miami (Fla.), UNC Wilmington, Penn St.)

Villanova vs. TBA, 10:30 a.m./12:30/5:30/8 at Puerto Rico Classic/San Juan, P.R.

(Indiana, Mississippi, Boton U., Kansas St.)

* Saint Joseph's vs. South Dakota State/Purdue, 8:30 p.m. at Paradise Jam/St. Thomas, V.I.

*If win Nov. 20