What the Sixers?! Week one champions of all the power rankings

What the Sixers?! Week one champions of all the power rankings

To quote Andrew Unterberger from his recap of the Sixers big win over the Bulls this weekend: "We’re in uncharted waters here, people. Once is a fluke, twice is a coincidence, three times is a trend."

Three wins. Zero loses.

And three different NBA power rankings put your Philadelphia 76ers at the top of the league. The most powerful NBA squadron in all the land.

First the NBA mothership:

1. Philadelphia (3-0)
Pace: 103.2 (1), OffRtg: 106.6 (7), DefRtg: 102.1 (17), NetRtg: +4.5 (9)
As crazy as this seems, maybe it's just the model for when you change your ratio of mid-range attempts to 3-point attempts from 1.7 (last season) to 0.8 (this year). Brett Brown is letting his team push the ball and shoot early in the clock. But ultimately, they're taking the right kinds of shots, getting to the basket a lot more than they did under Doug Collins too. And they're shooting pretty well at the basket.
This week: vs. GSW, vs. WAS, vs. CLE, @ CLE

Then Yahoo! Sports:

1. Philadelphia 76ers (3-0; last week's ranking: 30): After entering the season with what was considered the league's weakest roster, the Sixers and rookie Michael Carter-Williams beat reigning champion Miami, Washington (on the road) and Chicago. Reality could hit soon, but, for now, the Sixers can enjoy the top spot.

And SBNation:

1. Philadelphia 76ers (3-0, Last week: 30)

I know they aren't the best team in the league. They're probably not actually any good. But I don't care. After an offseason full of tanking talk, the Sixers had three comeback victories over the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. So for one week, they get this lofty honor.

Which makes me wonder. Has a team ever gone from worst in the League one week to the very top spot the next?

If the Sixers beat the Warriors tonight to go 4-0 to start the season, I may have to purchase a Spencer Hawes jersey.

Instant Replay: St. Bonaventure 83, St. Joe's 77

Instant Replay: St. Bonaventure 83, St. Joe's 77


For the first 11 minutes of the second half Wednesday night, St. Joe’s didn't necessarily have momentum, but it did have a chance to come back against St. Bonaventure.

The Hawks went into the break down only four and kept the deficit within five throughout the first 11 minutes of the final frame. But unfortunately for St. Joe's, a Phil Martelli ejection and the series of foul shots afterward made a rally all the more tougher in an eventual 83-77 loss to the Bonnies at Hagen Arena.

With his team trailing, 59-55, and 9:02 left in regulation, Martelli was hit with double technicals for arguing an offensive foul call on Brendan Casper. St. Bonaventure guard Matt Mobley converted all four free throws to balloon the Bonnies' lead to eight. A late surge brought the Hawks within three with less than 30 seconds left, but Mobley iced the game with five more freebies and finished with a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds.

The loss marked the seventh straight for injury-riddled St. Joe's (10-17, 3-12 A-10), while St. Bonaventure (17-10, 9-6 A-10) swept the season series from the Hawks.

First half
For the first six minutes of the first half, St. Joe’s looked like a prize fighter delivering a series of jabs to St. Bonaventure. An 8-0 Hawks run was jump-started by a pair of James Demery free throws. Both Demery and Nick Robinson went coast-to-coast for layups on the next two possessions after grabbing defensive rebounds. Chris Clover then found Markell Lodge on a pick-and-roll for a dunk to complete the spurt and hand St. Joe's an early 15-7 lead.

If the Hawks' uptempo offense was a series of jabs, then Mobley was a left hook that delivered knockout blows. Mobley was deadly from behind the arc, draining four of eight three-pointers. The Bonnies rallied behind his aggressive shot to come back and take the lead with eight minutes left in the half.

St. Joe’s would pull close to the lead thanks to Casper coming off the bench and scoring 11 points down the stretch.

By the numbers
 • Hawks freshman Charlie Brown shot 3 of 17 from the floor, including 0 for 9 from three, and finished with 12 points, his lowest total since Jan. 18.

•  St. Joe’s went just 3 of 18 (16.7 percent) from three-point range.

•  St. Bonaventure made 28 of 33 free throws, while the Hawks connected on 18 of 27.

What’s next?
St. Joe’s travels to Saint Louis on Saturday (4:30 p.m./NBCSN), while St. Bonaventure will return home to play Duquesne on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip.