College teams might want to consider cheesesteaks for a pregame meal when they face ranked teams. Consider these unlikely upsets pulled off this year by schools from Philadelphia:
5. Saint Joseph's 79, No. 20 Notre Dame 70 (Nov. 16) » The Hawks (11-7) have a losing record in the Atlantic 10 and a nonconference home defeat to lowly Fairfield. Their one shining moment came at Barclays Center, where Ronald Roberts scored the first seven points of overtime.
4. La Salle 54, No. 9 Butler 53 (Wednesday) » The Explorers discovered the depths of misery, losing at home in November to Central Connecticut State. But this week, they pulled off two stunners in four days, toppling Butler, then No. 19 VCU on Saturday in Richmond.
3. Villanova 73, No. 5 Louisville 64 (Tuesday) »
The Wildcats had lost the previous 14 times they faced a ranked team before they toppled the Cardinals, prompting a righteous court-storming.
2. Temple 83, No. 3 Syracuse 79 (Dec. 22) » The Owls were coming off a 10-point home loss to Canisius, but at Madison Square Garden, Khalif Wyatt scored 33 points as Temple upset a top-10 team for the fifth straight year as an unranked squad.
1. Villanova 75, No. 3 Syracuse 71 (Saturday) » An 18-point home loss in November to Columbia was cause to wonder what had happened to Jay Wright's once-formidable Wildcats. But on Saturday, Villanova enjoyed its second straight upset of a top-five team.
- Kevin Dunleavy