Nova vs. Pitt — Who is Actually the Home Team?

The Philadelphia area is caught up in March Madness thanks to the great run by Villanova.

The Pitt Panthers are all that stands between the Wildcats and a trip to the Final Four for the first time since the 80's.

Philly-area bars will be packed Saturday with fans watching the Elite 8 game between the Big East powerhouses, but will those fans be rooting for the home team?

Who has more alumni in the Greater Philadelphia Region? (Philadelphia, the surrounding Pa. counties, South Jersey and New Castle County, Del.)

The University of Pittsburgh has more than 10,000 alumni in the Philadelphia region, according to sources.

Nova boasts more than 37,000 local alumni, according to Villanova Alumni Association.

Just on alumni alone Nova has Pitt beat nearly four to one. Add the thousands of Philadelphia natives rooting on the local team and Nova definitely has the rooting interest edge over Pitt.

But, don't be surprised if you see some gold shirts at the bar Saturday. Pitt fans will be out in force.

The trick of course is that Nova fans should outnumber them.

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