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2011 NCAA Tournament: Villanova sneaks in and Temple to face Penn State


Here we are folks. Spring is upon us, we have gained another hour of sunlight, andVillanova and Temple University qualified for the NCAA Tournament Sunday. both St. Patrick's Day and the first day of the 2011 NCAA Tournament are upon us once again. The perfect storm of sorts will happen on Thursday with St. Patrick’s Day and the start of the NCAA Tournament.

Office productivity is sure to take a huge hit throughout the country over the next 4 days as people head to CBSSports.com for NCAA Tournament bracket advice.

For folks in the Philadelphia area, we once again have Villanova and Temple in the NCAA Tournament. And, this year Penn State is in there as well and they will take on the Temple Owls to boot.

Villanova Sneaks in as a 9th seed despite the 5-game losing streak

Villanova, who lost five games in a row, received some serious love from the NCAA Selection Committee. The Wildcats became the first team in tournament history to make it to the Big Dance after losing their last five games of the regular season. The 9th seeded Villanova Wildcats will take on #9 George Mason on Friday in Cleveland.

Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright wasn’t worried about his team’s prospects despite their disastrous finish to the season - Villanova went 5-10 in their final 15 games.

Villanova is anxious to regroup in the tournament. Momentum heading into March Madness is paramount to a team’s success, but stranger things have happened. Back in 2005, George Mason (whom Nova faces) went 2-2 in their final four regular season games before going on a historic run to the Final Four as a #11 seed.

Temple and Penn State to Face off in the First Round

Temple coach Fran Dunphy has taken his Temple Owls to the NCAA Tournament for three straight years. However, each trip has resulted in a first round exit. Dunphy is regarded as a good coach, but when you consider his record of 1-12 in the tournament, you have to wonder if he’s the type of coach who can take a team to the promised land.

The 7th seeded Owls will take on #10 seed Penn State on Thursday in Arizona. Temple went 25-7 in the regular season, which is 4 less wins than last year when they were a 5th seed.

Thursday will be one heck of a game for Philly fans. That is, if you’re among the many who take a half day off to head out for some first round NCAA Tourney action.


Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

Temple/Villanova Photo from philadelphia.cbslocal.com

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