The Sixers were in the Midwest last night as they took on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. The Bulls were looking for their first season sweep of the 76ers since the 1996-97 season. It was the first game after Doug Collins’ meltdown on Tuesday night. Spencer Hawes obviously took the words to heart as he put up 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds after only grabbing one rebound against Orlando. Jrue Holiday added 22 points of his own. Unfortunately none of that was enough as the Sixers could not outscore the Bulls in any quarter. Joakim Noah paced the Bulls with a triple-double: 23 points, 21 rebounds and an incredible 11 blocks. The Bulls won 93-82 and dropped the Sixers to 22-34. More here.
The Duke Blue Devils and Michigan Wolverines seem to be on the same page. Earlier this year, the top ranked Blue Devils fell to North Carolina State then the following night the Wolverines fell to Ohio State. Well the Wolverines lost to Penn State on Wednesday so what would Duke do last night against Virginia? Virginia outscored the Blue Devils 28-23 in the first half. Seth Curry pulled his weight as he dropped 28 points for Duke. Virginia’s Joe Harris has a career game on the big stage as he put up 36 points and grabbed seven rebounds en route to Virginia’s 73-68 victory over No. 3 Duke. More here.
The “Catholic 7” who were leaving the Big East will keep the “Big East” name. Reports are surfacing that Xavier and Butler would leave the Atlantic 10 for the new conference. Rumors are that Creighton would leave for the new conference to become its 10th team. Fox Sports Network is reportedly pushing for the schools to form their new conference as early as this summer. Fox Sports reportedly is working on a deal with the new conference that would earn each school $3 million annually. More here.