Ten players who have to step up in the postseason

Ten players who have to step up in the postseason

I agree that Trotter has to come up big time in the playoffs, but he has been the difference maker on D since they put him in the starting role.  So he doesn't really have to "step up" as much as he has to continue to play at the high level he has been playing at.  Stoping the run is going to be a huge factor in the Eagles playoff drive and a lot of the weight is going to fall on Trot's shoulders.

Link: SI.com - Writers - Jeffri Chadiha: Ten players who have to step up in the postseason - Tuesday January 4, 2005 11:53AM.

Jeremiah Trotter, MLB, Eagles There are so many concerns about how the Eagles offense will adjust without Terrell Owens that people are forgetting that Philadelphia can still reach the Super Bowl with its defense. The key is Trotter, who made his third Pro Bowl despite starting only nine games. His rugged presence stabilized an Eagles run defense that will be tested in the playoffs. The top three seeds in the NFC after Philadelphia - Atlanta, Green Bay and Seattle -- all rank among the top 10 in the NFL in rushing.

Joel Embiid really looking forward to facing Nerlens Noel

Joel Embiid really looking forward to facing Nerlens Noel

In case you haven’t heard, the Sixers traded big man Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks before Thursday's deadline (see story).

While Noel's former teammates were saddened by the trade, including Joel Embiid, the rookie big man is already looking forward to squaring off against his friend.

The Sixers face Noel and the Mavericks on March 17 at the Wells Fargo Center. 

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

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Jackson Kent and Tom Vodanovich combined to score 31 points and James Madison held off Drexel late to secure a 70-64 victory Thursday night.

The game could be a preview of a first-round match-up in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. With one game left in the regular season, James Madison (9-21, 7-10) is the No. 7 seed and Drexel (9-21, 3-14) has locked up the No. 10 seed. Those seeds meet in the first round, with the winner facing the No. 2 seed in the second round.

Sammy Mojica hit a 3-pointer with :32 left to get the Dragons within four, 66-62, but Shakir Brown and Joey McLean each hit a pair of free throws to seal the victory.

Kent hit 6 of 11 from the floor and tallied 16 points with eight rebounds to lead the Dukes. Vodanovich added 15 points.

Kurk Lee and Mojica both scored 18 points off the Dragons' bench.