La Salle to play Villanova at the Palestra in the 2016-17 season

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It was reported by CBS Sports on Tuesday that La Salle would play Villanova at the Palestra in the 2016-17 non-conference season. This matchup between the two cross-town rivals is a return game from last year’s meeting at the Pavilion. The Palestra houses annual games between the Philadelphia Big 5 including La Salle, Villanova, Saint Joseph’s, Temple, and Penn. Last year, the Explorers fell to Penn 64-80 in the Palestra. The matchup between these two teams will either be on December 6th or December 7th.

The Wildcats crushed La Salle 76-47 last season thanks to 13 made three pointers. This year’s Explorer team, locked and loaded with incoming talent, will seek to take down the giant of the Big 5 in Villanova. With Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins leading the way for this Wildcat team, it’s likely that Villanova will be a top team in the nation yet again. Win or lose, this will be a great matchup for the Explorers before they try their hand at the Atlantic 10 Conference.

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