This past Friday multiple City 6 teams earned their spot in the NCAA Tournament. While Saint Joseph’s clinched their spot earlier on Sunday by winning the Atlantic 10 championship, Villanova and Temple tried to enter the field as at-large bids. Despite losing in the Big East title game, Villanova had done enough to feel safe heading into Selection Sunday. However, Temple could not feel so comfortable, as they were labeled as a “bubble team” after a 21-11 season.
Villanova and Temple did not have to wait long for their name to be called. Less than a half hour in Villanova learned they would be a number 2 seed, facing 15th seeded UNC-Asheville in the South region. Seconds later, also in the South region, Temple was announced as a 10 seed, heading on to face 7th seeded Iowa. A potential victory for both teams would set up a traditional Big 5 matchup in the Round of 32. Not much longer, Saint Joseph’s heard their name called. As an 8 seed, they will face 9th seeded Cincinnati.
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