But they sure got a beat down last night.
Villanova certainly got the better of St. Joe's last night in a game that aired on ESPN. The game took place on Nova's campus, but if Phil Martelli -- who we think rules -- had his way, all Big 5 games would be played at the Palestra.
"In this day and age of college basketball, a coach has a responsibility to put his team in the best position to win," said Martelli. "But I think we serve a greater good when we play at the Palestra, anyone from Philadelphia can come to that game."
Martelli grew up attending Big 5 games and has a deep appreciation for what the yearly round robin means to Philadelphia basketball fans.
Given the chance, he would ensure that all games played between St. Joe's, Temple, LaSalle, Penn, and Villanova took place at the Palestra, with tickets divided evenly between schools.
I'm not one to argue with tradition. Note to this SJU website: if you actually want us to read your site, don't make viewers register. It's 2007 people.