I don't think anyone was expecting the Quakers to make it to the postseason heading into tonight, but now it's official. All that the league-leading Harvard Crimson had to do was win to eliminate Penn from mathematically being able to win the Ivy League, and they did just that. Harvard beat Cornell tonight to reach 10 wins, a feat that is now impossible for the Quakers to match.
Jimmy Rollins smacked a three-run home run in the third inning, as the Phillies erupted for eight runs in the inning in a 10-6 win over the Tigers this afternoon.
Kyle Kendrick made the start for the Phillies, giving up a three-run double in the first inning before settling in a bit, as he pitched two innings. Luis Garcia gave up the other three runs to the Tigers in the sixth, although only one of the runs was earned.
The Eagles have announced they agreed to a one-year deal with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
Maclin, a first round pick of the Eagles in 2009, was sidelined for all of last season after tearing his ACL during training camp. The 25-year-old out of Missouri has amassed 258 catches for 3,453 yards and 26 touchdowns in the four seasons in which he has played.
Will Cummings scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, while Quenton DeCosey pitched in 17 points for the Owls, but it would be far from enough, as Temple fell to #7 Louisville, 88-66.
Louisville was in control from the outset, taking a 24-6 lead on a Terry Rozier jumper with 12:55 left in the first half. Temple would close to within 9 with 5:35 left in the half, but the Cardinals would maintain control, extending their lead to 17 before heading to the locker room up 42-29.
Darin Ruf and John Mayberry Jr., each homered and Ben Revere collected three hits in four at bats, but the Phillies fell to 0-2 in Grapefruit League play as they dropped this afternoon's contest to the Blue Jays, 7-5.
Cliff Lee made his first start of the spring, pitching two innings while allowing one run. Jake Diekman took the loss, throwing one inning, giving up 2 runs.
The Eagles have announced the signing of center Jason Kelce to a seven-year contract and wide receiver Riley Cooper to a five-year contract.
Number 8 ranked Villanova welcomed the Butler Bulldogs with open arms, and then proceeded to dismantle them and won with a final score of 67-48. James Bell led the way for Nova with 11 points and 7 rebounds on 3-10 shooting. Hilliard also managed to drop 11 points on 5-13 from the field. Neither team managed to shoot that well from three point territory, as Villanova shot 24% while Butler could only muster up a 21% rate from downtown.
Credit the Villanova defense, as they held Butler to 31% from the field the entire game, only allowing 15 buckets. Josh Hart also played well for the Wildcats, as he went for 8 points and 8 rebounds, and recorded two steals on defense. Look for the Wildcats to keep their momentum going as the season winds down and they try to snag the best seed possible for the NCAA tournament.
Next Game: Sunday March 2nd vs Marquette 2 pm
By: Dan Goggin
Posted with permission by Philahoops. Philahoops.com
It's been a disappointing season for the La Salle basketball program, that much was evident from an empty Tom Gola Arena tonight. With seemingly everything that could go wrong for the Explorers doing just that as of late, La Salle (13-14, 5-8 A-10) dug deep and found themselves able to gut out a win over St. Bonaventure tonight.
Behind 18 point performances by Jerrell Wright and Tyreek Duren, the Explorers were able to withstand the Bonnies, winning by a final score of 75-67.
The 76ers hosted the Orlando Magic on Wednesday and their struggles would continue. The Magic came in with a 16 game road losing streak but the Sixers had a 10 home losing streak of their own. Despite leading at halftime, the 76ers would fall behind by double-digits in the 4th thanks to Orlando's three-point shooting. The Sixers (15-43) lost to the equally bad Magic, 101-90.
According to Ryan Lawrence of the Daily News, Mike Schmidt will be joining the Phillies television broadcast team for Sunday home games this season. The Hall of Fame third baseman is the third former Phillies player to be added to the broadcast booth for the season, joining Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer.
Schmidt was a career .267 hitter with 548 career home runs, spending his entire career with the Phillies.
Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!