Usually a Villanova/Connecticut game on a Monday night in mid-to-late February is a battle for Big East supremacy. But this year, this match-up is simply a meeting of two struggling teams.
Their ten-game winning streak and 21-5 record have earned the Temple Owls the #22 slot in this week’s AP Top 25 poll as they look ahead to a pair of Big 5 games.
Pat Connaughton scored 21 points, Jack Cooley had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 23 Notre Dame erased a 20-point deficit in a 74-70 overtime victory over Villanova on Saturday night.
Travon Woodall scored a career-high 29 points and Ashton Gibbs added 25 to lead Pittsburgh to a 79-70 win over Villanova on Sunday.
Frantz Massenat scored 25 points and led Drexel to a 65-57 victory over Towson Saturday night in Colonial Athletic Association play.
Rob Belcore tied a career-high with 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Pennsylvania beat Brown 65-48 on Saturday night.
Halil Kanacevic scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to help Saint Joseph’s hold off La Salle in a 70-66 win on Saturday.
It will be Big 5 basketball at the Palestra on Saturday as La Salle takes on St. Joe’s.
The Penn Quakers are on the road for their second Ivy League weekend of the season. It starts on Friday night with a visit to New Haven, Connecticut to battle Yale.
Just hours after the Nittany Lions former football coach died Sunday, Patrick Chambers pleaded with his team to play basketball Paterno-style. They did, but couldn’t get a win.
Joe Coleman scored a career-high 23 points and Minnesota defeated Penn State 80-66 on Sunday for its second Big Ten win of the season and the Golden Gophers’ second in as many games.
Frantz Massenat scored a career-high 24 points to lead Drexel to a 64-58 victory over Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday night.
Earl Pettis scored 19 points and Ramon Galloway had 18 as La Salle built a 26-point halftime lead and coasted to an 82-75 victory over Massachusetts on Sunday.
Maalik Wayns scored 21 points, Dominic Cheek added 20 and Villanova defeated DePaul 87-71 Sunday, snapping a three-game losing skid for the Wildcats.
The Temple Owls have won three in a row as they get ready for one of their toughest tests of the season. On Wednesday night, the Owls will battle #5 Duke at the Wells Fargo Center.