Penn basketball has seen better days. The storied program that plays in one of the most historic arenas there is had a season many would like to forget in 2013-13. The Quakers finished the season with a 9-22 record overall and a 6-8 record in the Ivy League. Despite a rough season, Penn returns most of its stat leaders from last season and should improve vastly with another year of experience under their belts.
The Wildcats put together a solid season in 2012-13. Expected to experience some growing pains, Villanova matured rapidly and finished the season with a 20-14 record. The Wildcats season came to an end in the first (I guess it's now called the second) round with a close loss to UNC, but the potential in the roster had been revealed. Villanova enters 2013-14 with a good stock of talent on the roster and will be a team to watch this season.
The Explorers are coming off a season for the ages in 2012-13. Finishing the season at 24-10, La Salle took home a share of the Big 5 title for the first time since 1997-98 and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 years. The Explorers would make a run come tournament time, advancing all the way to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 58 years, before the clock struck midnight on their Cinderella run against the Wichita State Shockers.
The time is rapidly approaching. College basketball season is two weeks away and the anticipation is building. A solid showing in 2012-13 by members of the City 6 has built up high expectations for the 2013-14 season, so without further adieu, let's take a look at the Philadelphia basketball squads.
City 6 Rankings
2. Saint Joseph's
5. La Salle