July 20, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS - One thing appears to be certain for the 76ers: Their top scoring option is Jahlil Okafor. The third pick in the NBA draft averaged 15.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in five games in the NBA and Utah Jazz summer leagues, scoring 18 or more points on three occasions. Okafor routinely drew oohs and aahs from crowds. Yet he still has plenty of room to improve. The 6-foot-11, 270-pounder failed to shoot above 50 percent in any of his games. He struggled to consistently make shots outside eight feet, and the below-the-rim post player routinely had his shot blocked.
May 12, 2015 |
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Penn women's lacrosse team formed a circle in front of its bench and each player put an arm around her closest teammate. Some players cried. Others lightly laughed. After chasing Syracuse (15-7, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) around a rain-soaked field for 60 minutes, the Quakers (14-6, 6-1 Ivy League) saw their season end in a 13-10 loss to the Orange at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It's the second straight year that Penn's NCAA tournament run ended in the second round.
April 7, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - There was not much to analyze in Game 1 of the Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium. Game 2 will be talked about as long as the NCAA Tournament is played. It had just about everything, including an upset by a "team" in every sense of that word of a team that was just two wins from a magical perfect season. Wisconsin 71, Kentucky 64. I thought the game was over when Kentucky went up, 60-56, and had the ball with 6 minutes left. Wisconsin, showing that its nation's-best offense was ridiculous even against the nation's-best defense (1.6 points per possession in its first 15 possessions, 2.0 in its first eight of the second half)
January 8, 2015 |
IN THE DESERT of defense that has been the first 2 months of this season, there is an oasis of offense up in Easton, overseen by a man who recruits shooters and teaches an offense that has stood the test of time, even this time, when defense, after a one-season homage to scoring, is once again ruling college basketball. Lafayette College's Fran O'Hanlon coaches the nation's second best three-point shooting team. The Leopards' 42.9 percent from the arc is a full 9 percentage points better than the national average.
December 31, 2014 |
DENVER - Facing frigid temperatures and a 9-day layoff, the Saint Joseph's Hawks lost their focus late last night against the Denver Pioneers, falling 77-73 in overtime. "To me, it's a fruitless trip to come all this way only to give a game away like that," Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli said. "That's unacceptable. " The Hawks saw their seven-point halftime lead evaporate as the team had no answer for the Pioneers' press to begin the second half. Yet after going down 45-43 with just over 13 minutes remaining, the Hawks answered with a clutch, 11-0 run that included two big threes from DeAndre Bembry and Isaiah Miles.
April 11, 2014 |
TORONTO - The smiles always seem to come before the answers when players and coaches are asked to talk about what Nerlens Noel has looked like lately, now that he has amped up his practice time with his team. (Stay calm, it is still very doubtful he will suit up this season). Following practices, it is evident that Noel is doing more, as the amount of sweat on his practice jersey increases. He has been doing more in front of the media, for the 10 minutes or so that they are allowed into the end of practice.
March 6, 2014 |
For the diehards who showed up at the Liacouras Center for the last time this season, the Temple Owls rewarded them Tuesday night with an 86-78 overtime victory over Central Florida. Playing the last home game of his career, Dalton Pepper led the Owls with 26 points. Anthony Lee contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds, while point guard Will Cummings had 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting. None of that exactly undoes a historic season of misery, but the Owls (8-21, 3-14) at least have a chance to climb out of the American Athletic Conference cellar when they finish the regular season Saturday at South Florida.
February 19, 2014 |
JACK LAVERY, a freshman at West Chester University, thought he'd won $10,000 by making a shot from halfcourt during a halftime contest of a game against Shippensburg on Saturday. Until he saw the fine print. Lavery, who was randomly selected for the challenge, had 25 seconds to make a layup, a free throw, a three-pointer and a shot from halfcourt. He easily made the first three. He then missed on his first attempt from midcourt, raced to get the rebound, and while the announcer was counting down the seconds, hit a one-handed buzzer-beater.
December 31, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - For a night - 48 minutes, two halves, four quarters - it kind of all came together for the 76ers, and the result was a win on the road for the first time in 14 games. In Sunday's 111-104 win over the Lakers, they got back defensively after misses, limiting the Lakers to only eight fastbreak points. They also helped themselves in that regard by turning the ball over only 11 times, a season low. That kept the Lakers from getting out on the run, a sore spot for the Sixers lately.
December 20, 2013 |
THERE WILL BE no major overhaul made to the 76ers' defense. Though they've given up 42 combined three-pointers in the past two games (21 each to the Portland Trail Blazers and Brooklyn Nets, both team records), coach Brett Brown has said he needs them to improve on what they're doing, or not doing. It is not a scheme problem, it is a problem in executing the scheme Brown has implemented. Like pretty much everything he has put in on both sides of the ball, the defense is pretty vanilla.