Every single City 6 team is in action on a busy Wednesday night, including two head-to-head Big 5 matchups. Here's what you need to know:
Penn (2-4) at No. 14 Villanova (7-0)
8 p.m., The Pavilion, Fox Sports 1
The Quakers lost a close one to previously winless Lafayette, 79-76, Saturday evening. The game went back and forth with neither team building a double-digit lead all game, but the Leopards converted jumpers and free throws down the stretch and Penn's Tony Hicks missed a three-pointer with three seconds left.
Villanova is coming off an 88-83 overtime victory in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship over No. 23 Iowa. The Hawkeyes shot 45 percent from deep, but the Wildcats pulled down 16 offensive rebounds and used two threes in the first 55 seconds of OT to snag their seventh straight win to start the season. (They also beat USC and No. 2 Kansas in the tournament in the Bahamas.)
The Wildcats are led by Big East Player of the Week James Bell (17 points and 6.3 rebounds per game) and leading scorer JayVaughn Pinkston, who averages 17.1 points.
Hicks leads the Quakers with 19 points per game, and sophomore center Darien Nelson-Henry is averaging 13.2 points and 7.5 rebounds.
Villanova will take on another City 6 opponent at St. Joe's (4-2) Saturday at 8 p.m., and Penn hosts Wagner (4-4) Saturday at 7 p.m.
St. Joe's (4-2) at Temple (3-3)
8 p.m., Liacouras Center, ESPNews
St. Joe's held off a strong second-half push from Washington State Sunday night in a 72-67 win. Down 65-60 with 4:20 left, the Hawks scored 10 straight -- six from Ronald Roberts Jr. -- to provide the winning margin. St. Joe's shot 48.2 percent from the field, just above its season average of 47.9 percent.
Temple also used a strong final 20 minutes to win its last game Nov. 24, pulling away from UAB, 87-66. The Owls were tied with the Blazers at halftime before using a 22-10 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half to put distance between the two teams.
Roberts is averaging 18.5 points and 7.3 rebounds, and senior guard Langston Galloway is averaging 17.2 points with nearly three three-pointers per game.
Temple is led by junior guard Will Cummings, who is averaging 18.2 points and 4.2 assists, and senior guard Dalton Pepper, who is averaging 16 points and 5.5 rebounds.
St. Joe's hosts Big 5 rival Villanova (7-0) Saturday at 8 p.m., while Temple hosts Texas Saturday at noon at the Wells Fargo Center.
Drexel (4-2) vs. Cleveland State (4-3)
7 p.m., Daskalakis Athletic Center
The Dragons needed three overtimes to top Alabama Friday evening in the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament consolation game. The Dragons got at least 15 points from four separate players in their first game without junior guard Damion Lee, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear in Wednesday's loss to No. 4 Arizona.
Cleveland State used outstanding shooting to turn a seven-point halftime lead into a 78-55 victory over Ball State Saturday night. The Vikings shot 62.8 percent from the field while holding the Cardinals to 35.6 percent, and rode an 11-0 run with 8:37 left to victory.
Senior guard Chris Fouch leads the Dragons with 19.5 points per game and Frantz Massenat is averaging 13.8 points and 4.7 assists.
The Vikings are led by sophomore guards Bryn Forbes, averaging 19.3 points on 48.8 three-point shooting, and Trey Lewis, who averages 14.3 points and 3.4 assists.
Drexel plays host to Tennessee State (0-8) Saturday at 4 p.m., while Cleveland State will head to Akron (1-2) Saturday at 2 p.m.
La Salle (3-4) vs. Hartford (2-6)
7 p.m., Tom Gola Arena
La Salle dropped an ugly one Nov. 25 against Northern Iowa, 65-50. The Explorers shot just 31.6 percent from the field and were outscored by 12 in the second half. The team's big three senior guards -- Tyreek Duren, Tyrone Garland and Sam Mills -- shot a combined 8 of 32 from the field.
Hartford lost to Yale Sunday, 54-49, in a low-scoring, low-efficiency affair. Neither team eclipsed 34 percent shooting from the field, with the Hawks making just 14 field goals all game. The Bulldogs outscored Hartford by eight in the second half and sealed it with two free throws with four seconds left.
Garland leads the Explorers with 16.9 points per game and Duren averages 14.9 points in 38.4 minutes per game.
Junior forward Mark Nwakamma is the only Hartford player averaging double-digit scoring with 16 points per game on 51.7 percent shooting, including 42.9 percent from behind the arc.
The Explorers play Stony Brook (5-3) Saturday at 11 a.m. at Madison Square Garden as part of the MSG Holiday Festival and Hartford hosts Holy Cross (4-3) Saturday at 7 p.m.