Palestra to host doubleheader honoring Big Five 60th anniversary

Game reunites four of Philadelphia’s Big Five schools in January 2016

NBCSports.com mentioned on Thursday that a doubleheader inside Philadelphia’s legendary facility will take place with these matchups on January 20, 2016:

La Salle hosts Temple and Penn will host Saint Joseph’s.

Give lots of credits to the athletic directors of each school trying to coordinate each school’s current conference affiliations and making sure any potential travel headaches (future blizzards a distinct possibility in that region notwithstanding) would be kept to a minimal.

For you college history buffs, the last time anniversary games took place in “The City of Brotherly Love” was in December 2004 when Temple beat Villanova, while the Penn Quakers outlasted La Salle and Drexel* took care of Saint Joseph’s.

* Small note:  Drexel was not a Division I member when the Big 5 was created (didn’t actually move up until the 1973-74 season).  Drexel is also a city school but is not an official part of the Big 5.

UNLV announces preseason schedule

Surrounding the Runnin’ Rebels home opener with Cal Poly on November 13, the rest of the slate features plenty of teams that reached the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Among the road games include a pair of tough contests at Wichita State (December 9) and Arizona (December 19), a neutral site game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena against Oregon (December 4), and a home tilt with Arizona State (December 16).

And they’re also playing in the Maui Invitational during Thanksgiving week, with the field including Indiana, Kansas, UCLA, St. John’s, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and host Chaminade.

The Rebels bring in a talented recruiting class that nearly missed out on last season’s Big Dance during the Mountain West Conference postseason tournament.  We will see how this group tries to gel come Christmas time.

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