Tuesday, December 1, 2015

February Morning Digits (Feb. 25)

February Morning Digits

February Morning Digits (Feb. 25)



 ♦ There have been 10 games in which a NBA team has allowed 130 or more points this season. After Monday's 130-110 loss to the almost-as-hapless Bucks, the SIXERS have allowed four of those 10.

♦ The Bucks had 13 offensive rebounds in the first half of that game. The Sixers had 13 total rebounds in the first half of that game.

♦ The Sixers have now lost 11 straight games. That is the 10th time in their history that they have done that. Throw in two such streaks by the old Philadelphia Warriors and this city has seen more 11-game losing streaks than any city other than Los Angeles (Clippers, 14) and Dallas (Mavericks, 15).

♦ Congrats to Neumann-Goretti, which captured its sixth consecutive Catholic League crown, matching a mark set by Roman Catholic (1989-94).

♦ N-G's Ja'Quan Newton (who is Miami of Florida bound after high school) now has 1,839 career points (fourth all-time in the Catholic League) and has a shot to become the CL's all-time scoring leader. He has at least two games left (AAA City Title game and a PIAA first-round matchup) and as many as six to get the 85 points he would need to pass Bonner's Jeff Jones. Just ahead of Newton are Roman's Lonnie McFarlan (1,842) and Reggie Jackson (1,861).

♦ The stretch run for the NCAA Tournament starts tonight and Saint Joseph's by most accounts would be out if their bracketed today. The Hawks (19-7, 38 RPI) will be hosting Dayton (19-8, 57) in what would be a quality win. They finish the regular season at St. Bonaventure (16-11, 86), at George Washington (20-7, 31) and against La Salle (12-14, 96) before the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Brooklyn.



♦ The moment newly acquired Henry Sims hits the court for the SIXERS, he will become the sixth product of Georgetown University to play for them. The others: Allen Iverson, Dikembe Mutombo, David Wingate, Jarren Jackson and Sims' new teammate Hollis Thompson.

♦ Another new teammate of Sims will be former Pacer Danny Granger, who leaves the Pacers after 544 games played, good enough for fourth place on that club's all-time list.

♦ Granger also manages to go from the team with the second-best record in the league to the team with the second-worst record in the league. Welcome to Philadelphia, Danny!

♦ The U.S. men's ice hockey team has scored 20 goals, the highest-scoring team in these Olympics. Canada, on the other hand, has allowed a Games-low 3 goals ... But the cool thing to us is ... Those are the EXACT numbers that the two countries' women's teams brought into their Gold Medal Final Thursday. Hard. To. Do.

By the way, Canada's women scored six goals in their two wins over the USA in these Olympics and every single one of them was in the third period or overtime.


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