HERE’S NOVA, TEMPLE, PENN, LA SALLE, ST. JOE’S, DREXEL’S MARCH TO MADNESS!

By Peter Gleason

Villanova is the No. 1 seed in the Big East after winning the regular-season title despite ending the season with a 79-75 loss to Seton Hall. Georgetown’s upset victory over Marquette helped the ‘Cats win their fifth conference title in the last six years.

The Wildcats will face the winner of a first-round game between No. 8 Providence and No. 9 Butler on Thursday at noon at Madison Square Garden.

Temple beat UCF, 67-62, at home, and the Owls are in the American Athletic Conference postseason tourney taking place in Memphis, Tenn., this week. The Owls are the No. 3 seed, which gave them a first-round bye. They play the winner of No. 6 Wichita State and No. 11 East Carolina on Friday at 9 p.m.

Penn played its way into the final Ivy League tournament berth with a win over Brown. Now, the Quakers will have to face top seed Harvard in the Ivy League tournament at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Yale.

La Salle beat Fordham, 72-57, to end the regular season with an 8-10 conference record. That was good enough for a 9 seed and a first-round bye in the Atlantic 10 tournament in Brooklyn this week.

La Salle will face No. 8 Rhode Island at the Barclays Center on Thursday at noon.

St. Joe’s, which lost to VCU, 75-63, on Friday night to end the regular season with a 6-12 record, earned the 10 seed and a first-round bye. The Hawks will face No. 7 Duquesne at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Drexel begins play in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament tonight at 8:30 p.m. The No. 6 seed will play No. 3 College of Charleston in North Charleston, S.C.

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