Sixers Find Holiday Replacement at No. 11 in Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams

Sixers Find Holiday Replacement at No. 11 in Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams

The Sixers kept the 11th overall pick in tonight's NBA Draft -- contrary to some earlier confusion that they may have traded it -- and used it on Syracuse University's Michael Carter-Williams.

He's a 6-foot-6-inch point guard who will step right in and fill the void left by Jrue Holiday, who was traded to New Orleans just minutes before for Nerlens Noel and a 2014 semi-protected first round pick.

Our man AU actually called it earlier in the day:

Though for reasons I can’t quite explain–maybe just my own prejudices, plus the fact that he’s one of the only guys we know for a fact the team actually worked out–I see them taking Michael Carter-Williams if he’s available. He’s talented, he’s versatile, he’s a player other teams will eventually want, and as I tried to explain yesterday, the team isn’t set enough in its current roster to worry about how the guy they take fits into their team as is

Comcast SportsNet's Sean Kane had MCW as the 2nd best PG in the draft behind Michigan's Trey Burke:

2. Michael Carter-Williams, 6-5/185, Syracuse
Carter-Williams will most likely be a lottery pick, but I'm not sold on his ability to excel at the NBA level. He drifts in and out of games, and his shooting numbers are atrocious. Carter-Williams shot 39 percent from the field and 29 percent from three-point range at Syracuse last season. He could have used another year of seasoning in college; he barely played as a freshman before taking over the starting point guard spot as a sophomore. There certainly are some positives with Carter-Williams - namely his size, athleticism and assist numbers. He averaged 7.3 assists and 2.8 steals last season, and he picked up his offensive game significantly during Syracuse's run to the Final Four. His skill set calls to mind Rajon Rondo. If he even approaches Rondo's level, he'll be a terrific find for whichever team selects him in the Nos. 9-15 range.

Crazy times to be a Sixers fan. Sam Hinkie has made his mark in a big way.

Temple cracks Top 25 in final CFP rankings, will play in Military Bowl

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Temple cracks Top 25 in final CFP rankings, will play in Military Bowl

After winning its first American Athletic Conference championship Saturday, Temple learned its postseason fate Sunday and it does not involve a New Year's Six bowl game.

The Owls will play in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Maryland. Their opponent will be announced at 4 p.m. Temple also finished No. 24 in the final College Football Playoff rankings and No. 23 in the AP poll.

At 10-3, Temple has its first back-to-back 10-win season in program history. It's also the first time the Owls have been ranked in consecutive seasons. Head coach Matt Rhule now has 28 wins as Temple's head coach, tying him with Bruce Arians' for the sixth-most in school history.

Flyers-Predators 5 things: Going for longest win streak since 2014

Flyers-Predators 5 things: Going for longest win streak since 2014

Flyers (13-10-3) at Predators (11-8-4)
6 p.m. on CSN and CSNPhilly.com

The Flyers have won a season-high four games in a row. They'll try to make it five Sunday night when they visit the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena for the second game of a back-to-back set.

Let's take a look at five things you need to know.

1. Streaking like 2014?
Not only do the Flyers have a chance to extend their season-best winning streak, but they're also looking to win their most consecutive games since March 15-22, 2014, when they also won five straight.

The Flyers have put up strong showings in the back ends of back-to-backs, going 4-1-1 thus far.

“You just have to have the work ethic night in and night out," Steve Mason said Saturday after the Flyers' 3-1 win over the Blackhawks. "And, I think we were struggling to find that. There are games when we were swarming and giving teams no other option, and other nights we were chasing the puck.

"We have another tough test going to Nashville to play. So, we’re going to have to follow up with another great effort.” 

2. A Provorov encore?
Ivan Provorov's confidence has to be at his highest of the season.

In Saturday's win, the 19-year-old blueliner scored two goals in a 31-second span to double his goal total through the first 25 games.

Provorov said he thinks defense first, but the offensive production is a good sign.

“Score one goal in a game, it’s a good feeling. Score two in one shift, it’s unbelievable,” Provorov said.

“Every time you score, it’s like a confidence booster."

3. Predators finding stride
After losing eight of their first 11 games, Peter Laviolette's Predators have gotten on track, going 8-3-1 since.

Nashville ranks in the top half of the league in goals per game (3.00 — tied for fifth), goals against per game (2.61 — 15th), power-play percentage (22.6 — sixth) and penalty-kill percentage (84.5 — 10th).

Last time out, the Predators blew a 4-1 lead in the third period for a 5-4 overtime loss to the Devils on Saturday, so they should be extra focused.

4. Keep an eye on ...
Flyers: On Saturday, Brayden Schenn scored just his second goal in his past 18 games. Schenn can be streaky so maybe he feeds off that goal. He's also a career plus-4 against the Predators, with two goals and three assists in eight games.

Predators: Let's go P.K. Subban, who isn't exactly a favorite among Flyers fans. He's off to a nice start in his first season in Nashville with six goals and 10 assists, and eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last eight games.

5. This and that
• Flyers goalie Steve Mason is 7-7-5 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 20 career games against the Predators.

• Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne is 3-2-2 with a 2.91 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in seven career games against the Flyers.

• Claude Giroux is four assists away from passing Rick MacLeish (369) and Eric Lindros (369) for fifth on the Flyers’ all-time list.