Did You Realize the Sixers Are Still Over .500 At Home (For Now?)

Did You Realize the Sixers Are Still Over .500 At Home (For Now?)

It's more a credit to how bad they've been on the road than anything,
but despite now being 16 games under .500 for the season with last
night's embarrassing-for-most-teams loss to the Magic, the Sixers
actually have a winning record at the Wellls Fargo Center. Yup, your
Liberty Ballers are 17-16 on their home floor, only a game-and-a-half
worse than the Chicago Bulls, currently the 5th seed in the Eastern
Conference. (Of course, the Bulls are 17-14 on the road, while the
Sixers are 6-23, so that might have something to do with the disparity
between the two teams in the overall standings.)

Anyway, the
Sixers get a chance to kill off the last bit of winningness about their
2012-13 season tonight, when they host the Brooklyn Nets at home. The
Nets' exceedingly up-and-down season is currently in an "up" swing,
having now won three in a row, with presumptive franchise player Deron
Williams finally showing a little life, including a 42-point explosion
against Washington that (somewhat incredibly) marks only D-Will's third
30+ point game of the season. Still, the Nets are 4th in the East with
their 37-26 record, and Deron always seems to do damage against the
Sixers, so I'm not predicting the Sixers break their latest four-game
losing streak tonight.

7:00 tip from the WFC. If we manage not
to lose the home winning record tonight, we still have a trio of home
games against the Heat, Pacers and Blazers that could put us back under
right quick. This is the basketball team we've chosen.

College hoops wrap: Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue

College hoops wrap: Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue

Villanova headlined Philly college basketball action today with a 78-68 win over Providence, led by Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins (see full recap). The win is dampened with the news that Phil Booth is increasingly unlikely to return this season as he still deals with knee discomfort (see story).

Here's a snapshot from the rest of area hoops today.

Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The way it played this week, No. 21 Purdue is acting like a team that is determined to be in the race for the Big Ten championship all the way to the end of the regular season.

Caleb Swanigan had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Purdue built an 18-point halftime lead and coasted to a 77-52 victory over Penn State on Saturday, four days after shooting 60.4 percent in a 91-68 victory against Illinois.

Against Penn State, the Boilermakers (16-4, 5-2) got 13 points from freshman guard Carsen Edwards and 10 each from Dakota Mathias and Vince Edwards.

"I would just say we were coming out ready to play," said Vince Edwards, who added seven rebounds and three assists. "Our goal is to win the Big Ten. Our focus is to take care of business."

Josh Reaves led Penn State (11-9, 3-4) with 12 points. The Nittany Lions made only 20 of 64 field goal attempts (31.3 percent) and were outrebounded 39-30. Purdue shot 56.6 percent (30 of 53) (see full recap).

Drexel drops road game at CAA-leading UNC Wilmington
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Devontae Cacok scored 12 points and set a Colonial Athletic Association record with 24 rebounds, helping UNC Wilmington stay perfect in conference with an 87-74 win over Drexel on Saturday.

Cacok, whose previous career-high rebounding was 16, broke the school record (21) and conference record (22) late in the second half as the Seahawks cruised to their ninth straight home win, tying the best mark in program history.

UNC Wilmington (19-2, 8-0) led 53-51 with 15:01 left before four players combined to rattle off 12 straight points. Cacok capped the run with one of his 11 offensive rebounds and a dunk to give the Seahawks a 65-51 lead with 11:23 remaining.

UNC Wilmington is off to its best start ever and has won 24 of its last 26 conference games, including 12 straight. Chris Flemmings led the Seahawks with 17 points.

Sammy Mojica had 15 points and Rodney Williams added 14 for Drexel (7-13, 1-6), which has lost seven of eight (see full recap).

Delaware swept in season series with Towson
NEWARK, Del. -- Mike Morsell and Arnaud William Adala Moto pulled down a dozen boards as Towson won its fourth straight and a season sweep of Delaware with a 75-58 win on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers are fresh off a win over Hofstra that saw them erase a 16-point first-half deficit, and momentum carried over when they built a 17-point lead at halftime.

Alex Thomas and John Davis added 13 and 12 points, respectively, but Towson saw its streak of three-straight games shooting better than 50 percent end. The Tigers hit 26 of 55 shots from the floor (47.3 percent), including 6 of 15 from deep.

Delaware snapped a six-game losing streak Thursday with a win over Northeastern. Ryan Daly scored 21 points for Delaware and became the first freshman in school history to post six 20-plus efforts in a season. He reached double-digits for the 12th time in 13 games (see full recap).