Sixers Release Schedule: A Look at the Fun Times Ahead

Sixers Release Schedule: A Look at the Fun Times Ahead

The schedules for all 30 NBA teams were released today, with the release of the news packing its usual "oh yeah, I guess there's really nothing that exciting to be learned here" punch. I haven't counted to make sure, but it seems like the Sixers will indeed play 82 games this season--41 home, 41 away, most likely--and before you ask, no, none of them appear to be against the Miami Marlins. In fact, most of them appear to be against teams that are better than the Sixers, because as we all know, all teams are going to be better than the Sixers next season.

Anyway, some of the games are going to be a little more interesting than others, maybe. Here are the few worth-knowing things to glean from the sched:

1. For the second time in the LeBron era, the Sixers will begin their season at home against the Miami Heat. This sucks, of course, but at least Sixers fans won't care so much about the inevitable loss this time around, as it will merely be Step One in Sam Hinkie's 82-step tanking program.

2. The Sixers play seven of their first nine games at home this year. From looking at the list of opponents, it's my guess that they'll lose every one of them, and probably the two on the road as well, as well as the two on the road to follow. By my estimation, their first legitimately winnable games come in games #12 and #13, when they face off against the Raptors and Bucks on November 20th and 22nd. Long as you get one W by Thanksgiving, right?

3. Couple old faces return to Philly early this year, as Andrew Bynum's Cavaliers visit first on November 8th, and Jrue Holiday's Pelicans swing by on the 29th, about two weeks after we visit Jrue's new stomping grounds in Nawlins. Bynum's return visit, especially if it actually ends up in him playing on the Wells Fargo Center court for literally the first time since we traded for him last summer, might inspire the most (only?) passionate fan turnout and response of the season.

4. The Sixers will have exactly one nationally televised game, which will come November 2nd against Chicago, in Derrick Rose's revenge game against the team he tore his ACL playing two post-seasons ago. Experts agree we were lucky to get the one.

5. Philly also finishes the season against the Heat--this time in Miami--because clearly we will not have suffered enough indignities as a team or fanbase by that point.

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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).