Jrue Holiday Says 94 Percent Chance That Philly Fans Boo Andre Iguodala Tonight

Jrue Holiday Says 94 Percent Chance That Philly Fans Boo Andre Iguodala Tonight

Basketball tonight in South Philadelphia!

To get the fanbase even more pumped for The Most Important Sixers Season in a Decade, the sports talkers on 94 WIP had starting point guard Jrue Holiday on their airwaves on Tuesday afternoon. Jrue talked to Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis about the new-look team as well as the reception he expects from the WFC crowd for his boy Andre Iguodala tonight.

On Dre Coming Back: "You know, that's my man."

"Coming back here, I think  hopefully it will be somewhat good for him. I feel
very strongly, probably 94% that he’s going to get booed."

"I'm excited to see he's doing well, that he didn't just go a team that was complete trash, he actually went to a good team. I think he's done a lot for our team. Especially young guys like me, there's so many things he does well. I think he's one of the best in-game dunkers I've ever seen in my life."

On Maalik Wayns: "Young boy's good. He can rock. He's an NBA player."

On Andrew Bynum: "I actually have no clue [when we'll see him return]. I know if I was hurt or something that's not something I'd want to talk about all the time. When we talk, it's kind of like teammate conversations. We talk about whatever. We can't really bet on when he's coming back. Right now we got to play like he's not."

See you at the Wells Fargo Center tonight.

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Penn State not going to College Football Playoff, likely headed to Rose Bowl

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Penn State not going to College Football Playoff, likely headed to Rose Bowl

Penn State's wild comeback win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship was not enough.

The Nittany Lions were not selected to the four-team College Football Playoff, finishing fifth in the rankings.

Undefeated Alabama takes the top spot and will play No. 4 Washington. No. 2 Clemson will face No. 3 Ohio State.

Penn State earned its signature win of the season, handing felllow Big Ten member Ohio State its only loss of the season. 

However, Penn State sputtered in the beginning of the year, losing to unranked Pittsburgh and was thrashed by Michigan — who finished sixth in the College Football Playoff rankings — 49-10.

The Nittany Lions likely will play in the Rose Bowl, facing either USC or Colorado. The official announcement will be made later Sunday.

Dario Saric halts slump with 'best game as a 76er'

Dario Saric halts slump with 'best game as a 76er'

Dario Saric came into the NBA knowing his rookie season would be one of ups and downs. He would have successes based on his talent and struggle because of the newness of the league and matchups.

Saturday’s performance against the Celtics was one of those highlight nights. Saric scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, both tying career-highs, for his third double-double. He was efficient in his performance, playing 27 minutes off the bench in the Sixers' 107-106 loss.

“I thought that was his best game as a 76er,” Brett Brown said.

Saric had struggled the night before against the Magic. He barely made a dent in 16 minutes, posting just two points (1 for 5 from the field) without a single rebound. The poor showing was on his mind Saturday, as he got ready for the second game of the back-to-back. He went in early to get up extra shots, met with coaches, studied film and thought about the matchup throughout the day.

“I prepared a little bit more for this game,” Saric said. “After I have some bad rhythm of five or six, maybe, games. Now I concentrate more. I try to give my best, try to play my best, try to think before everything happens.”

Saric showed his aggressiveness in crunch time in the fourth quarter, when he scored seven points and five rebounds in eight minutes. He nailed a three to cut the Celtics' lead to 92-91 with 4:28 to play. Then with 1:09 remaining, Saric’s free throws cut the Celtics' lead to two points. On the other end of the court, he snagged the rebound off an Isaiah Thomas miss and scored a game-tying layup from Jahlil Okafor.  

“He played great,” Okafor said. “He’s working hard every day, getting used to the NBA process. It was good to see hard work paying off for him.”

Saric has been adjusting to new roles throughout the season. He was thrown into the starting power forward spot when Ben Simmons was injured, and then moved to the bench when the team acquired Ersan Ilyasova. On Saturday, Brown also played Saric at small forward in Robert Covington’s (knee) absence, a shift the Sixers may try again.

“He’s a good teammate,” Brown said. “He’s biding his time. He understands he’s a rookie. Incrementally, he’ll be given these opportunities. Tonight he did and he responded and you’re seeing continued growth.”

Saric still is early in his NBA career, and Saturday's showing was a game he can look back on and study for the rest of the season. 

“I feel like tonight … you’d walk away and say, ‘Shoot, that’s a hell of a player for playing 20 games in the NBA and he did what he just did against a hell of a team,’” Brown said. “I’m proud of what we saw all over the place from Dario.”