By Harry Allison
Selection Sunday is five days away, and this week is filled with conference tournaments.
So let’s start the Big 5 March Madness:
Villanova (27-4) will face DePaul or Marquette on Thursday in the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Saint Joseph’s (15-15 overall, 10-8 league) will play in the Atlantic 10 Basketball Championship at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. The Hawks will play on Friday, March 9 at 2:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals. Saint Joseph’s opponent is to be determined.
La Salle (13-18 overall, 7-11 league) will play Massachusetts in the opening round of the A-10 tournament on Wednesday, March 7. The game will begin at 6 p.m.
In terms of the Ivy League tourney, Penn finished the season with a 12-2 record and won a share of the Ivy League title with Harvard.
The Quakers will play Yale in the Ivy League tournament on Saturday, March 10 at the Palestra. The game will start at 3 p.m.
In the American Athletic Conference tournament in Orlando, Fla., Temple (16-14 overall, 8-10 league) will face Tulane in the first round on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. The Owls split the season series with Tulane, defeating the Green Wave last month 83-76.