La Salle's Sam Mills (10), Ramon Galloway (55) D.J. Peterson (1) and Tyrone Garland (21) watch as Tyreek Duren shoots a free throw late in La Salle's 69-61 win over Virginia Commonwealth in an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Clement Britt)The Associated Press
Villanova's Daniel Ochefu, center, celebrates with fans after Villanova defeated No. 3 Syracuse 75-71 in overtime of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA – Look out, Top 25 teams. There's a storm warning in effect for parts of Philadelphia.
No, not because of snow or ice, just a stampede of hundreds of college hoops fans storming the court in celebration of another upset victory.
Villanova and La Salle gave their fans plenty of reasons to run. With Philadelphia teams headed toward an NCAA tournament shutout, the Wildcats and Explorers instead combined for one of the wildest weeks in Philadelphia basketball history: 4 for 4 against Top 25 teams and more students on the court than total baskets made over that span.
They're not ranked in The Associated Press' Top 25 poll — yet — but they've at least squeezed their way into NCAA tournament consideration.
As a bonus, Villanova's wins over No. 5 Louisville and No. 3 Syracuse, and La Salle's wins over No. 9 Butler and No. 19 VCU, injected life into a dreary Philly sports scene.