Three Philly Teams Make NCAA Tournament
Its NCAA Selection Sunday and here's a review of the Philadelphia Schools that made it to the tournament in 2016:
Record: 29-5 (16-2 in AAC)
NCAA Seed: #2 in South Region
Opening Round Matchup: #15 UNC-Asheville
Notable Wins on the Season: At Providence, At Butler, Home vs Xavier
Review: Villanova was one of several teams at one point was ranked number one in the nation back in February. Wildcats won the Big East Regular Season Championship led by Josh Hart (15.5 Points Per game, 51.1 Field Goal Percentage), Ryan Arcidiacono (4.4 Assists Per game, 1.4 Steals Per game), and Daniel Ochefu (7.6 Rebounds per Game, 1.5 Blocks per Game). But losing in the Big East Tournament Title Game to Seton Hall hurt their potential seeding in NCAA Tournament and a chance to play in Philadelphia in Sweet 16 Round. But the consolation prize is the Wildcats gets to play opening round a two hour drive from campus in Brooklyn, NY.
Record: 21-11 (14-4 in AAC)
NCAA Seed: #10 in South Region
Opening Round Matchup: vs #7 seed Iowa
Notable Wins on the Season: Away & Home vs Cincinnati, Away & Home vs UCONN, Home vs SMU
Review: Temple had one of the toughest schedule in the nation with four of their eleven losses versus top 25 ranked teams on the road. Temple won the AAC Regular Season Championship led by Quenton DeCosey (15.6 Points Per Game, 6.0 Rebounds Per Game), Jaylen Bond (10.2 Points Per Game, 8.3 Rebounds Per Game) and Josh Brown (4.9 Assists Per Game, 1.3 Steals Per Game). Despite losing to UCONN in the AAC Tournament, Temple comes into the NCAA Tournament as a battle tested, tough matchup. This is bad news for their opponent, the Iowa Hawkeyes, in the infamous 7-10 NCAA tournament matchup. If Temple wins, they may face Philly Big Five Rival Villanova in the Round of 32.
St. Joseph Hawks
Record: 27-7 (13-5 in A-10)
NCAA Seed: #8 in West Region
Opening Round Matchup: vs #9 Cincinnati
Notable Wins on the Season: Home vs Dayton, At Temple
Review: Phil Martelli's Hawks have gotten hot at the right time of year, winning 9 out of last 12 games on their way to claiming the Atlantic 10 Tournament Title. Saint Joseph earned that automatic bid to NCAA Tournament led by Isaiah Miles (18.2 Points Per Game, 8.0 Rebounds Per Game, 52.2 Field Goal Percentage) and DeAndre Bembry (16.9 Points Per Game, 7.8 Rebounds Per Game, 4.5 Assists Per Game). This season the play of Miles and Bembry have been the key to success; when those two are on top of their game they can been almost anyone in College Basketball.