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Villanova Basketball could claim two Big 5 Titles this week

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Happy Wednesday Nova Nation! This may sound a little weird coming in the middle of Big East play, but Villanova has a chance to win not one but two Big 5 titles this week. And oddly enough, both involve Penn.

On the men’s side, the Wildcats have already played their Big 5 slate. They finished 3-1 after a surprising upset to Penn, who is currently 2-0 in Big 5 play. The Quakers have been on a bit of a slide lately though, and that doesn’t bode well for them as they face a very hot Temple team on Saturday. If Temple wins that game (played at Temple), then Villanova and Temple both clinch a share of the Big 5 title.

There are really four scenarios that could play out for the Big 5 Men’s Title this year:

  1. If Penn beats Temple and St. Joe’s, then Penn wins the title outright
  2. If Penn loses to Temple and beats St. Joe’s, then Villanova, Temple, and Penn split the title.
  3. If Penn beats Temple and loses to St. Joe’s, then Villanova and Penn split the title
  4. If Penn loses to Temple and St. Joe’s, then Villanova and Temple split the title

For Nova fans, if #3 comes true and Villanova splits the title with Penn, the WIldcats will officially tie Temple for the most championships in Big 5 history.

The Villanova women’s side is a little different because they’re actually going to play for the title tonight. They’ll head to the Palestra to take on the Quakers, and if they win they’ll sweep the Big 5 to become the undisputed champions.

However, Penn also enters the game undefeated in Big 5 play. So just like the men, if Villanova loses they’re not garunteed a share of the championship. In that scenario, again like the men’s side, it would come down to Penn vs Temple on 1/23 at the Palestra. Another Penn win in that game would make the Quakers undisputed champs. But if Temple were to win, all three teams would finish 3-1 and share the title.

So yes, this is the one weird time this is going to happen: Let’s go Cats AND Let’s go Owls.

In other “news”, all your Big 5 updates, bracket season is kicking off, and how to “gauge your rage” at the refs. Enjoy!

Big 5

Big 5 women’s title at stake when Villanova plays Penn at the Palestra | The Inquirer
Villanova can win the title outright while Penn can clinch a tie.

Quakers' season in doubt after getting swept by Princeton | Busting Brackets
Penn basketball's season has turned since Max Rothschild and Michael Wang went down with injuries; where does the season go from here for the Quakers?

Temple basketball now on right side of NCAA Tournament bubble, but needs to keep winning | The Inquirer
The Owls are the last team in the NCAA field in Joe Lunardi's latest projection. They have some work to do to make sure they stay in the field.

Undermanned St. Joseph’s knocks off Davidson to end four-game losing streak | The Inquirer
Chris Clover sinks game-winner with a minute remaining

Philly College Hoops Recap & Preview for January 15-20 - PHILLY SPORTS NETWORK
What an interesting week we had in college basketball in city of Philadelphia, so let’s take a look at what happened and look to the action this week.

Recruiting

Roy Williams hits recruiting trail, visits two 5-star players | Keeping It Heel
UNC basketball head coach Roy Williams was back on the recruiting trail last weekend after the Tar Heels' disappointing home loss to Louisville on Saturday. On of his visits was to see Villanova recruit Isaiah Todd.

Bracketology

College Basketball Bracketology 2019: Perfect Michigan and Virginia lead the way | SBNation.com
The nation’s two remaining unbeatens, Michigan and Virginia, now hold the top two spots in this projection. Both will be challenged to keep those places in the coming days. Villanova is the 7 seed in the East Region.

Bracketology - NCAA College Basketball Brackets and Predictions
Joey Brackets has the Wildcats up to a 5 Seed.

College Basketball

Ref-Rage Meter: Your guide to handling bad calls in college basketball | USA Today Network
There's been a lot of teeth-gnashing about the officiating this winter. Here's a guide on when to be mad and when to let it go, using recent examples.

There are 6 college basketball national championship contenders this year. Here’s why. | NCAA.com
Here are six legitimate college basketball national championship contenders in 2019.