Friday's Scores: Hornets 113, 76ers 88; #11 Villanova 86, East Tennessee State 51; #22 Butler 74, Temple 69; South Florida 65, Cincinnati 27; #3 Maryland 65, Rider 58; #5 Duke 79, VCU 71; Miami (FL) 90, #16 Utah 66; Xavier 86, #24 Michigan 70; Pelicans 104, Spurs 90; Warriors 106, Bulls 94; Blue Jackets 4, Predators 0
Saturday's Scores: La Salle 29, St. Joe's Prep 28 (PCL AAA Football Championship); Temple 31, #21 Memphis 12; #12 Michigan 28, Penn State 16; James Madison 38, Villanova 29; Penn 34, Cornell 21; Heat 96, 76ers 91; Senators 4, Flyers 0; Monmouth 82, Drexel 74; Florida 74, St. Joe's 63; Washington 104, Penn 67; #9 Michigan State 17, #3 Ohio State 14; #4 Notre Dame 19, Boston College 16; #10 Baylor 45, #6 Oklahoma State 35; #7 Oklahoma 30, #18 TCU 29; UCLA 17, #13 Utah 9; #22 Ole Miss 38, #15 LSU 17; #16 Navy 44, Tulsa 21; UConn 20, #19 Houston 17; #23 Oregon 48, #24 USC 28; The Citadel 23, South Carolina 22; Mississippi State 51, Arkansas 50; Harvard 38, Yale 19; Northern Iowa 71, #1 North Carolina 67; Cavaliers 109, Hawks 97; Red Wings 4, Blues 3 (OT); Wild 4, Predators 0; Canucks 6, Blackhawks 3
Sunday's Scores: Buccaneers 45, Eagles 17; #11 Villanova 75, Akron 56; #16 Utah 74, Temple 68; St. Joe's 66, Old Dominion 64; Lions 18, Raiders 13; Cowboys 24, Dolphins 14; Panthers 44, Redskins 16; Cardinals 21, Bengals 14; #5 Duke 86, Georgetown 84; Wisconsin 74, VCU 73; Nets 111, Celtics 101; Pelicans 122, Suns 116; Warriors 118, Nuggets 105; Canadiens 4, Islanders 2
Today's Schedule: Hurricanes @ Flyers - 7 PM (CSN / 93.3 WMMR); 76ers @ Timberwolves - 8 PM (TCN / 97.5 The Fanatic); Lafayette @ La Salle - 7 PM; St. John's vs. #17 Vanderbilt - 2:30 PM (ESPN2); Wake Forest vs. #14 Indiana - 5 PM (ESPN2); #23 LSU vs. Marquette - 7 PM (ESPN2); Predators @ Rangers - 7 PM; Bills @ Patriots - 8:30 PM (ESPN); Northwestern vs. (soon to be former) #1 North Carolina - 9:30 PM (ESPN2); UNLV vs. UCLA - 11:30 PM (ESPN2)
LA SALLE DEFEATS ST. JOE'S PREP LATE TO WIN THE PCL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Explorers scored on a 21-yard field goal by Matt Savage on a drive that was spearheaded by sophomore transfer QB Isaiah Jones for the entire series to cut the Prep lead to 21-17. A couple of plays later, Benny Walls had his second long touchdown run of the day, this time for 55 yards to give Prep a 28-17 lead entering the 4th quarter. Early in the quarter, freshman RB Syaire Madden scored on a sweep from three yards, but Savage failed to convert the PAT, to cut the Prep lead to 28-23. After the Explorer defense stopped the Hawks, Ferguson led another strong drive to be in Hawk territory. And with 49 seconds left, this happened:
The Explorers held the explosive Prep run game to 139 yards on 24 carries, and only 40 yards if you exclude the scoring plays from Walls. Swift only ran for 18 yards on 12 carries, with his longest carry being only four yards. The Hawks completed seven of 14 passes for 78 yards as well.
The Explorers will take on Public League champion Simon Gratz Saturday at Northeast High School at noon. Student pre-sale for tickets are available today through Wednesday for $7. Tickets will be $10 at the door.
But, here's some reaction from the win:
And my hope is for the PCL to realize that if they do believe that streaming big games will get less people to games, there's also a benefit that a lot more people will tune in. Which could mean charging broadcasters rights to games and charging sponsorships as well. They'll make money out of this along with the small amounts of money that they might lose. With apps such as Periscope becoming better in years to come, anyone could stream games that the PCL bans broadcasts. And they can't do anything about it. So I hope that the PCL revisits this issue.
EAGLES GET EMBARRASSED BY TAMPA BAY 45-17
And it gets worse, as the Eagles will probably not have either QB Sam Bradford or TE Zach Ertz for Thursday's game against Detroit. Ertz suffered a concussion during yesterday's game. This will be a fun week for sure. (RECAP)
FLYERS SHUT OUT BY OTTAWA 4-0
Speaking of tonight, the Flyers host Carolina at the Wells Fargo Center at 7 PM for Rod Brind'Amour night. I'll be there, so please pray for me. (RECAP)
SIXERS DEFINITELY LOSE TWO ACTUAL GAMES, GET PROBABLY ZERO MORAL VICTORIES
The next night in Miami, it looked like the Sixers would get their first win for the majority of the game. They lead by 17 at one point! But, the Heat recovered, thanks to some 76er foul trouble. Isaiah Canaan had 22 points, the majority of them came in the 3rd quarter, while Robert Covington reached 21 points. Dwyane Wade had 27 points and seven rebounds. (RECAP)
The Sixers travel to take on Minnesota tonight at 8 PM. (PREVIEW)
OWLS DEFEAT #21 MEMPHIS, STILL LEAD IN AAC EAST DIVISION
The Owls host UConn Saturday night at the Linc in the regular season finale. With a win or a South Florida loss, the Owls will clinch the AAC East Division and will play Navy in the AAC Championship Game. (RECAP)