Darrun Hilliard's latest dominant Wells Fargo Center performance evokes steel puns from giddy announcers

Darrun Hilliard's latest dominant Wells Fargo Center performance evokes steel puns from giddy announcers

Forget Michael Carter-Williams. The best player at the Wells Fargo Center this year might be Villanova junior guard Darrun Hilliard.

A week after setting a career-high with 26 points in a 73-56 rout of Marquette at the Sixers’ home arena, Hilliard was all over the Wells Fargo court again, filling out the box score with team highs in points (19), assists (five) and steals (three) as the Wildcats hammered Georgetown 77-59 on Saturday.

Through four games at the Wells Fargo Center this season, Hilliard is averaging 18.2 points on a ridiculous 63 percent shooting and an equally ridiculous 57 percent shooting from 3-point range.

He also hit a career high in the building last season when the Wildcats rode his 25-point, seven-rebound, six-assist, zero-turnover game to a 75-71 upset of then-No. 3 Syracuse.

That win over ’Cuse prompted the second court-storming of the week at the Wells Fargo Center – something that's almost hard to imagine at this point because the Wildcats are now the big favorites pretty much every game.

Ranked sixth in the country, Villanova heads into this week’s Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden with a legitimate chance at earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

The strong play of Hilliard has been one reason for the ’Cats big turnaround. Just as important, it led to this quality exchange between Fox Sports 1 announcers Gus Johnson and Bob Wenzel during Saturday’s game.

WENZEL: Darrun Hilliard, Gus, is turning into my favorite player. Drive with the right! His off hand! Full court! Steals! Layup shooting! Seventeen points for this young man! And he’s from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania!

GUS JOHNSON: That’s right! Bethlehem Steel!

BOB WENZEL: I’m telling you – he’s steely-eyed right there, man.

Let’s just say Hilliard’s transitions were better than Wenzel’s.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.