Drexel Basketball falls to Illinois State in OT 86 – 84

The Dragons were looking to make up for their loss last Friday in overtime at Kent State, but came up a bit short against the Red Birds of Illinois State. The home opener at the DAC was a sell-out with over 2,500 fans in attendance. The Dragons started off hot, leading early by as much as 8 points. The Red Birds never let the lead get higher than that, and would continuely come back and score a few baskets to keep the game interesting.
After a 12-1 run late in the second half, the Red Birds scored 6 straight, bringing the game to 71-69 with about 5 minutes left in the second half.
After a layup by senior Dragon Derrick Thomas, the Red Birds brought the ball down court with 35 seconds remaining in the game. Illinois St. forward Jackie Carmichael took on Dartaye Ruffin in the post, drawing a very questionable foul. This sent Carmichael to the line with 2 seconds left and with a 1-and-1 to shoot. Carmichael made both, tieing the game at 75-75 to send the game to overtime. Carmichael finished the game with 21 points, including 9-11 from the stripe.
In OT, Drexel controlled early, being up as much as 4. ISU’s Tyler Brown changed the game by hitting back to back jumpers, a 3 and a 2-pointer respectively, followed by another DU turnover, leading to a J by guard Johnny Hill. The score differential now stood at 4 points in favor of the visiting Red Birds. With 6 seconds remaining in the game, Chris Fouch hit a deep 3 from the top of th key to make the game 85-84. After a timeout, the Red Birds were fouled, sending Hill to the line, putting in 1 of 2 free throws. With the score at 86-84, Frantz Massenet drove the length of the floor and heaved up a three at the buzzer, which hit off the backboard, just long, giving the Red Birds the victory.
Massenet finished with 18 points and 9 assists. Fouch and Damion Lee each added 16 points for the Dragons, who had a total of 5 players in double figures. Sophomore Kaz Abif added a career-high 10 points and 7 boards.
Tough loss for Drexel, but they need to rebound (sorry) quickly as they face University City foe, Penn, on Saturday at the Palestra in “The Battle of 33rd Street” at 4pm.

Phillies Off-season Preview: Who could fill the outfield holes?

After the Philadelphia Phillies most disappointing season since 2004, the calls for change are echoing all the way down Broad Street. In 2012, the Phils had the 2nd highest payroll in Major League Baseball of $174 million, behind just the Yankees ($198 million). This Phillies team finished 3rd in the NL East, 17 games behind the Washington Nationals, who sported a payroll of only $81 million. In 2013, the question on the minds of Phillies fans is: who/what comes next? The free spending model that Ruben Amaro has adopted during the last 3-4 years in Philadelphia has gotten the team a lot of star power, but how tactical was it? With over $77.5 million invested in four pitchers and $51 million in four infielders for this upcoming season, maybe a new path needs to be set. The team is passed its young, vibrant stage, and into a rut that cannot be ended this year. The plan needs to be for years down the road, who will be playing every infield position come 2016? Who else will be pitching, other than Cole Hamels? Investment in young players must be the Phillies next step. Throughout the article I will examine a few different options for the Phillies that can help them this year in the outfield specifically, and years down the road. The Phillies management needs to realize that they have to stop living for now, and begin planning for the future.

#. Name – Position – possible price and contract length

1. Josh Hamilton – CF – 5 years, $110-$120 million
The 31-year-old, natural Center Fielder has spent 5 years in the major leagues. He is a career .304 hitter, with 161 homeruns and 553 RBIs. The biggest name on this off-season free agent market happens to play the position that the Phillies need the most. Although he has played CF all 5 years in the majors, he claims that he is able to play LF at a similarly high level, but does prefer CF. He has had issues with alcohol abuse in the past, which makes him a risk at a high price, for a long-term contract. Even with the opportunity to lead the league in almost all hitting statistics, Hamilton may be past his prime and searching for a place to make a lot of money and end his career.
Should the Phillies sign him?: No
Will the Phillies sign him?: Maybe

2. Michael Bourn – CF – 5 years, $60 million
At 29 years of age, Michael Bourn continues to play a very high level. He plays a fast-paced, no holds-barred type of game that is similar to that of Shane Victorino, but a higher, faster level. Bourn will come much cheaper than Josh Hamilton, but also comes as a much different type of player. Bourn would be the first true leadoff hitter in Philadelphia for a longtime, and may be the perfect fit into a team already overloaded in the 3-4-5 batting positions. The only negative about Bourn is that he would be ANOTHER left-handed hitter in an already saturated lineup. Bourn would bring speed, excitement, and youth to an otherwise aging, and aching team.
Should the Phillies sign him?: Yes
Will the Phillies sign him?: Maybe

3. BJ Upton – CF – 6 years, $70 million
BJ Upton brings a combination of speed and power to any lineup he is in. Not only can he hit for power (28 homers in 2012), but he can steal bases and play above-average defense. Upton, a 7 year veteran, is only 28 years old, and could just be hitting his prime. Upton could be the best fit for the Phillies when it comes to a long-term deal as his athleticism could also lead to some games at either corner of the outfield, if he is willing. The possibility of bringing in both Upton and Bourn is still there, if one is willing to move to a corner outfield position, most likely that person would have to be Upton.
Should the Phillies sign him?: Yes
Will the Phillies sign him?: Maybe

The chance of the Phillies getting one of these three stars is high, getting two of the three is unlikely, but a possibility nonetheless. The Phillies NEED to sign at least one of these three players for more than just winning baseball games. The Phillies need to improve on the team they fielded last year if they want to maintain the fan base they have built during the last decade.

Phil Jackson says he had handshake deal that he could decide on Lakers job Monday

Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:

Phil Jackson is telling his side of the story.

Or, at least the public side of it.

He released a statement Monday night that confirms part of what the Lakers have said — that this was a basketball decision not a move made because of salary, time off or other requests — but it also shows that Jackson was among the many caught off guard by the Lakers hiring of Mike D’Antoni. And that the Lakers didn’t handle this professionally.

Here is the statement, courtesy Dave McMenamin of ESPNLA.com.

Saturday morning, Jim Buss, called to ask if he could come and visit,” Jackson said in a prepared statement released on Monday evening.

“I did not solicit or ask for the opportunity, but I welcomed both he and Mitch Kupchak into my home to discuss the possibility of my return to the Lakers as the head coach. We talked for…

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Bynum says not practicing until December not a setback, he’s on schedule

kevinjmurray:

He needs to take his time and make sure he is in great shape by the time he gets back on the court.

Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:

So, apparently he was just on a much, much slower schedule than anyone realized.

Andrew Bynum is not going to able to practice with the Sixers until around Dec. 10, and it will be a couple of weeks after that before he is back on the court. So we’re talking maybe Christmas.

But he says this is not a setback.

Sure. It’s not like he pushed to be back for opening night… oh, yea. Anyway, here is the quote via CSNPhilly.com (and the video of the interview is below.

“It’s better than when I started, but it’s still not there yet,” Bynum said Monday….

“It’s not a setback. It really was the original plan,” Bynum said. “I was talking to my doctor and he said it would take eight to 12 weeks. That’s a few months’ time. I’m feeling better every day, and we took an MRI on Nov…

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