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Philadelphia Big 5
Philadelphia Big 5
Philadelphia Big 5 logo (2013).png
New Philadelphia Big 5 logo as of 2013-14
Sport Basketball
Founded 1955
No. of teams 5
Country United States
Headquarters Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Most recent
champion(s)
Villanova (2017-18)
Most titles Temple (27)
Related
competitions
A-10, AAC, Big East, City 6 and
Ivy League basketball
Official website www.philadelphiabig5.org

The Big 5 is an informal association of college athletic programs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is not a conference, but rather a group of NCAA Division I basketball schools who compete for the Philadelphia city championship.

The Big 5 consists of the University of Pennsylvania, La Salle University, Saint Joseph's University, Temple University, and Villanova University. All five schools are located in the Philadelphia area. Saint Joseph's campus straddles the city's border, and Villanova is in a nearby Main Line campus.

Big 5 schools represent some of the oldest and most successful men's basketball programs in the nation. Four of the five teams are in the top 40 for all-time Division I basketball victories.

The Big 5 creed reads: "They say there's no trophy for winning the Big Five. They must not be from Philadelphia."

History

The Big 5 was formed in 1955[1] a year after La Salle won the 1954 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The group showcased Philadelphia's basketball talent and helped pay for the upkeep on the Palestra, on the University of Pennsylvania's campus where the games historically took place. Games were scheduled as double or triple-headers. All schools agreed to split ticket and concessions revenues equally once Penn was paid for upkeep costs on the Palestra. The arrangement promoted already intense intra-city collegiate basketball rivalries.

During the heyday of the Big 5, many major college programs, especially in the northeastern United States, were independents. As the Big East and Atlantic 10 conferences expanded to cover most of the Northeast (Villanova joined the Big East, while Temple, St. Joseph's, and La Salle joined the Atlantic 10), and as college basketball became increasingly driven by television and its need to appeal to a broad national audience, the local character of the Big 5 was a liability. The round-robin series ended in 1991.

In 1999, the Big 5 round-robin series was revived and has continued to this day. Some things have changed from the series' heyday: the schools no longer evenly split the proceeds from the games, and La Salle, Temple, St. Joe's, and Villanova do not always use the Palestra for their home games in the series.

There are intense rivalries inside the Big 5, most notably the rivalry between Villanova and Saint Joseph's, also known as the Holy War. The St. Joe's-Temple rivalry has increased in intensity in recent years, mostly because of the "Goon Gate" incident in 2005 involving former Temple coach John Chaney where he sent in a player to intentionally foul John Bryant. Bryant's arm was fractured. La Salle considers Saint Joseph's to be its biggest rival.

As of 2018, at least one team from the Big 5 had made it into the NCAA Tournament for 41 straight years. La Salle and Villanova are the only Big 5 teams to have won the tournament.

Each year the Herb Good Basketball Club selects All-Big 5 teams, as well as a coach of the year, and the most outstanding player in Big 5 competition receives the Robert V. Geasey Trophy.

Future

Some have suggested adding Drexel to the Big 5. These talks amplified during the 2006-07 season, as Drexel beat three of the four Big 5 teams it played, but no changes have been made.[2][3] Drexel is a member of the City 6, which is an intra-city intramural competition between the six schools.

Annual winners

Men

All Big 5 men's basketball teams play each other once per season for a total of four games per team. There is no season-ending Big 5 Tournament, so a "champion" of the unofficial athletics group is determined by a round-robin tournament. Since 1956 there have been three instances of a five-way tie among all member schools, which occurred in 1980-81 (2-2 records), 1991-92 (1-1 records) and 1997-98 (1-1 records).

Key
Outright Big 5 title winner
Shared Big 5 title winners
Team (#) Denotes the total number of titles for that school at that point
The Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University.
At the Palestra prior to a St. Joe's - Penn basketball game.
The Palestra was the long-time home of Big 5 basketball games.
Hagan Arena is the on campus home of Saint Joseph's
The interior of The Pavilion at Villanova.
La Salle Hosts Penn at Tom Gola Arena
Season Champion(s)[4] Record
1955-56 Saint Joseph's (1) 4-0
1956-57 La Salle (1)
Saint Joseph's (2)
Temple (1)
3-1
1957-58 Temple (2) 4-0
1958-59 Saint Joseph's (3) 4-0
1959-60 Saint Joseph's (4)
Villanova (1)
3-1
1960-61 Saint Joseph's (5) 4-0
1961-62 Villanova (2) 4-0
1962-63 Pennsylvania (1)
Villanova (3)
3-1
1963-64 La Salle (2) 3-1
1964-65 Saint Joseph's (6) 4-0
1965-66 Saint Joseph's (7) 4-0
1966-67 Villanova (4) 4-0
1967-68 Saint Joseph's (8) 3-1
1968-69 La Salle (3) 4-0
1969-70 Pennsylvania (2) 4-0
1970-71 Pennsylvania (3) 4-0
1971-72 Pennsylvania (4)
Temple (3)
3-1
1972-73 Pennsylvania (5) 4-0
1973-74 Pennsylvania (6) 4-0
1974-75 La Salle (4) 4-0
1975-76 Saint Joseph's (9)
Villanova (5)
3-1
1976-77 Pennsylvania (7)
Temple (4)
3-1
1977-78 Temple (5)
Villanova (6)
3-1
1978-79 Pennsylvania (8)
Temple (6)
3-1
1979-80 Saint Joseph's (10) 4-0
1980-81 La Salle (5)
Pennsylvania (9)
Saint Joseph's (11)
Temple (7)
Villanova (7)
2-2
1981-82 Saint Joseph's (12)
Temple (8)
3-1
1982-83 Villanova (8) 3-1
1983-84 La Salle (6)
Temple (9)
3-1
1984-85 Villanova (9) 4-0
1985-86 Saint Joseph's (13)
Temple (10)
3-1
1986-87 Temple (11) 4-0
1987-88 Temple (12) 4-0
1988-89 La Salle (7)
Temple (13)
3-1
1989-90 La Salle (8) 4-0
1990-91 Saint Joseph's (14)
Temple (14)
3-1
1991-92 La Salle (9)
Pennsylvania (10)
Saint Joseph's (15)
Temple (15)
Villanova (10)
1-1
1992-93 Temple (16) 2-0
1993-94 Pennsylvania (11)
Temple (17)
2-0
1994-95 Saint Joseph's (16)
Temple (18)
2-0
1995-96 Temple (19) 2-0
1996-97 Temple (20)
Villanova (11)
2-0
1997-98 La Salle (10)
Pennsylvania (12)
Saint Joseph's (17)
Temple (21)
Villanova (12)
1-1
1998-99 Villanova (13) 2-0
1999-00 Temple (22)
Villanova (14)
3-1
2000-01 Villanova (15) 4-0
2001-02 Pennsylvania (13) 4-0
2002-03 Saint Joseph's (18) 4-0
2003-04 Saint Joseph's (19) 4-0
2004-05 Temple (23)
Villanova (16)
3-1
2005-06 Villanova (17) 4-0
2006-07 Villanova (18) 4-0
2007-08 Temple (24)
Villanova (19)
3-1
2008-09 Villanova (20) 4-0
2009-10 Temple (25) 4-0
2010-11 Villanova (21) 4-0
2011-12 Saint Joseph's (20)
Temple (26)
3-1
2012-13 La Salle (11)
Temple (27)
3-1
2013-14 Villanova (22) 4-0
2014-15 Villanova (23) 4-0
2015-16 Villanova (24) 4-0
2016-17 Villanova (25) 4-0
2017-18 Villanova (26) 4-0

Most Championships

School Championships Years Won
1 Temple 27 1956-57*, 1957-58, 1971-72*,1976-77*, 1977-78*, 1978-79*, 1980-81*, 1981-82*, 1983-84*, 1985-86*, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89*, 1990-91*, 1991-92*,1992-93, 1993-94*, 1994-95*, 1995-96, 1996-97*, 1997-98*, 1999-00*, 2004-05*, 2007-08*, 2009-10, 2011-12*, 2012-13*
2 Villanova 26 1959-60*, 1961-62, 1962-63*, 1966-67, 1975-76*, 1977-78*, 1980-81*, 1982-83, 1984-85, 1991-92*, 1996-97*, 1997-98*, 1998-99, 1999-00*, 2000-01, 2004-05*, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08*, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18
3 Saint Joseph's 20 1955-56, 1956-57*, 1958-59, 1959-60*, 1960-61, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1967-68, 1975-76*, 1979-80, 1980-81*, 1981-82*, 1985-86*, 1990-91*, 1991-92*, 1994-95*, 1997-98*, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2011-12*
4 Pennsylvania 13 1962-63*, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1971-72*, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1976-77*, 1978-79*, 1980-81*, 1991-92*, 1993-94*, 1997-98*, 2001-02
5 La Salle 11 1956-57*, 1963-64, 1968-69, 1974-75, 1980-81*, 1983-84*, 1988-89*, 1989-90, 1991-92*, 1997-98*, 2012-13*

* - Denotes shared championship
Bold indicates all five schools tied

Other uses

Although known primarily of an association of Philadelphia sports teams, students from the Big 5 also coordinate frequent student government meetings.[5] The governments consist of La Salle, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple, Saint Joseph's, and Drexel University instead of Villanova. Drexel has representation instead of Villanova since meetings primarily revolve around Philadelphia issues. Villanova is the only Big 5 college not located in the city.

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