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Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Big Five's Streak Continues (Phew!)

The St. Joe's-Temple A-10 final tonight guarantees that the Big Five's streak -- 30 years of having at least 1 member in the NCAA tournament -- continues. The winner gets an automatic bid to the Big Dance. And, it could well be that the loser gets an at-large bid (especially if it's St. Joe's, by virtue of the Hawks' two wins over Xavier).

St. Joe's rebounded from some defensive lapses late in the season to cement its berth in the tourney with a win over Xavier in the semifinals of the A-10 tourney yesterday. Temple has surged under second-year coach Fran Dunphy, and the Owls are playing well enough to warrant an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Something tells me, though, that the Owls won't go if they don't beat the Hawks at 6 p.m. EDT this evening.

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