Dare to Dream: Sixers Go for Third in a Row Against Knicks

Dare to Dream: Sixers Go for Third in a Row Against Knicks

Shocking to believe, I know, but with all their many wins so far this season, the Sixers have yet to string together three consecutive Ws in '09-'10, with two in a row being enough of an accomplishment so far. They get about as good a chance as they're likely to get this season for the hat trick, however, as they face the New York Knicks at the Wachovia Center. The Knicks come in losers of two straight, but have generally been playing better this season, currently only a game and a half out of the playoffs in the less-than-stacked Eastern Conference. Still, the Sixers have had the Knicks' number as of late, sweeping last year's season series and taking six straight in all, including an OT contest earlier this season.

The story of tonight will almost definitely be Samuel Dalembert, whose dangerously-close-to-inspired play as of late has helped key the last couple Sixers wins, but whose mind will almost certainly be on other things tonight, as he continues to get news from back home in the recently earthquake-struck Haiti. Rebounding will be a big factor against the chuck-happy Knicks, so Sammy not playing or playing distracted would be a big detriment to the team. Both Sammy and the arthritic AI look to be in tonight's starting line-up, however.

Tip imminent from the Wach. NBA TV thinks we can build on Monday's win against the Hornets, and they're never wrong about anything, right?

Penn State men's hockey ranked No. 1 for first time

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Penn State men's hockey ranked No. 1 for first time

At 16-2-1, Penn State's men's hockey team is ranked first in the nation for the first time in program history.

The Nittany Lions have improved each of the last four years under head coach Guy Gadowsky. 

Their record by year:

      2013-14: 8-26-2
      2014-15: 18-15-4
Last season: 21-13-4
This season: 16-2-1

Penn State received 30 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Division I poll. Denver is ranked No. 2, followed by Boston University, Minnesota-Duluth and Massachusetts-Lowell (see USCHO poll).

Penn State was ranked fourth last week before sweeping Michigan State.

Joel Embiid now as dominant as Henry Sims

Joel Embiid now as dominant as Henry Sims

There are seemingly countless metrics one can use to detail Joel Embiid's supremacy as a Sixer, but perhaps no stats more clearly tell the story of how indefatigable the rookie has been this season than those of his free-throw shooting. Despite ranking just eighth on the team in total minutes, he's already gotten to the line 215 times this season and made 169 of them, about 250% more than the second-most made FTs on the team (Ersan Ilyasova, 65). What's more, his seven games with ten or more free throws attempted is already more than Thaddeus Young (six), Evan Turner (three) or Jrue Holiday (zero) ever had as a Liberty Baller. 

But yesterday against the Bucks saw JoJo hit a new level with his foul drawing. Despite essentially being shut down by the Bucks in the first half -- I can't remember if he even had a single bucket at the break -- The Process eventually imposed his will in Milwaukee in a major way, parading to the line in the second half, ending with 22 points (as well as 12 rebounds and five blocks) on 4-9 shooting, getting to the line an astounding 18 times. 

Who was the last Sixers giant to accomplish such a feat, you might wonder? Well... 

Yes, it's been an impressive season for our double-redshirt rookie, and every game he seems to add another immortal name to his list of historical analogues. But not until now could we afford to mention him alongside the great Henry "Lickface" Sims, two-year Process legend whose 18 trips to the free-throw line on April 4, 2014 totally helped us win that random late-season game against the then-rebuilding Boston Celtics. As impossible as it once seemed, it now appears that soon, Embiid's folk herodom will be as self-evident and undeniable to the Sons of Sam as that of Hammerin' Hank himself. 

Get this guy to the All-Star team already.