PHILADELPHIA -- How appropriate that the NCAA East Regional has come to the City of Brotherly Love. Maybe not since those famous jump-shooters, Cain and Abel -- or was it the Van Arsdales? -- have two siblings on opposing teams shared the same court.
But it should happen tonight, when junior point guard Bobby Hurley of Duke, who rarely comes out, and freshman point guard Danny Hurley of Seton Hall, who rarely gets in, will face each other for the first time since they left Jersey City.
"We definitely played a lot, and we fought a lot," Bobby Hurley recalled earlier this week. "I beat him up pretty good, in games and in fights. Once we got to high school, we decided not to play each other anymore, so that we could stay friends."
It would be neat if this tale of two siblings was the only together-again story line to these regional semifinals. But there are so many friendships being renewed here that they should be playing at Reunion Arena, not The Spectrum.
Aside from the Hurleys, there are:
* The opposing coaches in Game 1. Rick Pitino of Kentucky, a 1974 graduate of Massachusetts, sat on the search committee that recommended John Calipari to become the Minutemen coach four years ago.
"I told the school I'd be involved until they got down to two candidates, and then I'd bow out," said Pitino, who was then coaching the New York Knicks. "But when that happened, things started shifting away from John, so I became involved. There was a lot of jealousy, a lot of coaches knocking John. I said, 'That's why you should hire him. He's going to strike fear in the recruiting world.' "
Calipari appreciates Pitino's recommendation, but he is tiring of the comparisons with the Kentucky coach. Similarities aside -- both are young, Italian and can get a bit out of control on the sidelines -- Calipari recognizes differences, too.
"I know his suits are $1,000 and mine are $150, he's got Gucci shoes and I have itchy shoes," said Calipari, whose team's record (29-4) is second only to Duke's (30-2).
* The opposing coaches in Game 2. P.J. Carlesimo of Seton Hall and Mike Krzyzewski of Duke go back to the days when they coached at Wagner and Army, respectively. On top of that, they'll be assistants under Chuck Daly on this year's U.S. Olympic team.
"I'm not friendly with Mike," Carlesimo said jokingly yesterday. "I like Mike's daughters and I like Mike's wife. I don't particularly like him."
Said Krzyzewski: "Don't trust people with fake beards. Has anybody pulled on that sucker? We coach during the summer a lot. It comes off after midnight."
Last week at Greensboro, N.C., Duke and Seton Hall were staying at the same hotel. The night before the opening round, Krzyzewski found out that Carlesimo had retired for the night. So he and his wife, Mickie, went to wake P.J. up.
They didn't talk about their duties as Daly's assistants. But asked yesterday if the duties had been described, Carlesimo said: "From what I've been told, one's in charge of laundry and the other's in charge of golf. I'll take golf."
Said Mickie Krzyzewski: "That'll be OK with Mike. He doesn't golf."
* The former high school teammates. Danny Hurley never played with Bobby Hurley in high school, even though their father, Bob Sr., was the coach at St. Anthony's. But Seton Hall guard Terry Dehere shared the backcourt there, with Bobby Hurley , and Jerry Walker was their rebounder.
Walker also was Bobby Hurley's bodyguard when he would go to the Booker T. Washington projects in the predominantly black Greenville section of Jersey City to play basketball. Walker would wait for Hurley when he got off the bus, then escort him through the neighborhood.
* The former Pan Am Games teammates. Even if Hurley couldn't give a scouting report on Dehere, three other Duke players could. Christian Laettner, Thomas Hill and Grant Hill played on the bronze-medal Pan Am team with Dehere last summer. Hurley was on a World University team with Seton Hall center Luther Wright. Carlesimo was coach.
"I think the familiarity will help us," said Carlesimo, whose Pirates (23-8) are the fourth seed. "It'll be more like a league game. You're not surprised by what somebody does."
Perhaps there'll be a couple. You know how reunions are.