Jodie Drives Sixers to MEEKDONALDS in Wizards Blowout

Jodie Drives Sixers to MEEKDONALDS in Wizards Blowout

"Did you say what I thought you said? MEEKDonalds?" Indeed he did, Marc. Malik had no
choice but to get punny with Jodie's name as he shot the Sixers past
the 100-point mark against the Wizards, ensuring Big Macs for all in
attendance. Meeks' shot was absolutely brilliant tonight, reminding us
that he can look an awful lot like Ray Allen once he sees a couple of
his shots drop early. Jodie was an insane 10-11 from the field and 6-7
from downtown—raising his FG% from 39% to 46% and his three-point % from
34% to 42% on the season in the process—and scored 26 points, the most
since that game against the Bobcats two Decembers ago where he hit six
treys in the first quarter.

True, though, it's not all that hard to look brilliant against the
Wizards. A number of Sixers manage to do it on occasion tonight,
including Lou Williams (19 points and six assists, with just one
turnover), Spencer Hawes (a double-double in just 19 minutes, ten points
and ten rebounds in his first action in six quarters) and Andre
Iguodala (a typical all-around line, 13 points, five boards, three dimes
and two steals). Evan Turner even managed to hit a couple threes—his
first two of the year, somewhat incredibly—on the way to his 12 points,
five boards and four assists. Seven Sixers in all ended up in the double
figures, as the Liberty Ballers cruised to the 120-89 victory.

In stark contrast to the Sixers' strong, solid, mature play for most of
the evening, the Wizards were an absolute mess. They had some nice runs
in the second and fourth quarter to keep the game respectable—and yes,
for Washington, a 31 point loss to a good team on the road now qualifies
as "respectable"—but for the most part, they were disjointed, sloppy,
undisciplined and just kinda lazy. It's one thing to get beat by the
Sixers on the fast break—that'll happen to most teams—but it's quite
another to get beat to the basket in what should be a half-court set,
resulting in some unnervingly easy layups for Philly. Even John Wall,
the #1 overall pick in the draft two off-seasons ago (just before our
Evan Turner, of course), looks like he's completely lost confidence in
his jump shot, and with the Sixers doing a good job of creating traffic
for him in both the half-court and full court, he was miserable in this
game, scoring seven points on 3-8 shooting with five assists and just as
many turnovers.

The one bad thing about this game for the Sixers—aside from the fact
that it necessitated their fans to actually watch a Wizards game—was
that Lou Williams did something extremely dangerous, both for himself
and the team: He made two end-of-quarter shots. The second-quarter one
was actually a good one, as he did a good job drawing the foul on his
jumper and just happened to make the shot as well, but the third-quarter
heave was inexcusable, as he squared up from about four feet behind the
arc with plenty of time left on the shot clock for a ridiculous three.
He hit it, of course, and that was all well and good, but the two
unlikely makes ensure that The Sweetness will absolutely go for it again
in a terrible iso play for the next eight end-of-quarter situations he
finds himself in, and will be lucky to actually connect in two of them.

Next up: The Wizards again, this time in Washington, 7:00 tomorrow. Sound good? Sounds good.

TicketIQ: Penn State to face USC in most expensive Rose Bowl this decade

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TicketIQ: Penn State to face USC in most expensive Rose Bowl this decade

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Penn State is headed to the Rose Bowl Game, and it will cost a pretty penny to be on hand in Pasadena on January 2.

With a statement win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game Penn State clinched their first Rose Bowl berth since 2009. The No. 5 school in the nation will face No. 9 USC in a rematch from seven years ago. Such a long absence for both schools in the bowl game is driving resale ticket prices to new heights, so much so that the Rose Bowl Game will be the most expensive bowl game this season – including the two Semifinal games.

On TicketIQ, an event ticket search engine that pools tickets and data from over 90 percent of the secondary market, the average resale price for Rose Bowl Game tickets is now $804. Not only does that make it the most expensive Rose Bowl since at least 2010, but also the priciest bowl game of the last seven seasons. If looking just to get in on January 2 the cheapest tickets are now priced from $346 each.

The showdown between Penn State and USC is so expensive that it will be more than twice the average price of both Semifinal games. As it stands now the resale average for Peach Bowl tickets between Alabama and Washington at Georgia Dome is $389 with a get-in price of $185. Clemson and Ohio State will clash in the Fiesta Bowl to the tune of a $241 average and $71 get-in price.

Prices are so high for this year’s game in Pasadena that they rival the 2015 National Championship Game. The first-ever Championship Game under the new College Football Playoff system, that year’s game between Ohio State and Oregon averaged a $858 ticket and $317 get-in price.

While Penn State fans, students and alumni raced to snag tickets during the general on sale, prices were quick to skyrocket on the secondary market following the school’s invitation to the Rose Bowl Game. On Saturday afternoon, several hours before the Big Ten Championship kickoff, Rose Bowl tickets were averaging under $600, marking a nearly 40 percent increase since that time. The cheapest resale ticket price has jumped more than $100 since Saturday, climbing from its $245 price tag since.