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Sixers Divided By (Final) Four

All-time list of Sixers who went to colleges in this year's Final Four.

Sixers Divided By (Final) Four

You can probably expect some trash-talking on the part of a couple Sixers this week, except it may not be towards their opponents, but toward a teammate. Two Sixers — Kentucky's Jodie Meeks and Ohio State's Evan Turner — have teams headed to New Orleans for the Final Four.

The two schools could meet in the NCAA title game next Monday if they can get by their national semifinal opponents this Saturday.

Historically (not including the Syracuse Nationals), there are 13 men that played for the Sixers and one of this year's Final Four schools. And that doesn't include Ohio State's Herb Williams, who was acquired from the Knicks in a 1998 trade for Terry Cummings, was waived before playing for Philly, and resigned with the Knicks. (Now that's a neat trick.)

(Thanks to Greg Frank for his research help on this.)

KANSAS From Through GP Pts. Avg.
Wilt Chamberlain     1964-65   1967-68      277    7651     27.6
Bill Bridges 1971-72 1972-73 74 987 13.3
Walt Wesley 1974-75 4 12 3.0
Kevin Pritchard 1994-95 5 1 0.2
Rex Walters 1995-96 1997-98 111 597 5.4
           
KENTUCKY          
Nazr Mohammed 1998-99 2000-01 84 192 2.3
Jodie Meeks 2009-10 2011-12 122 1177 9.6
           
LOUISVILLE          
Derek Smith 1988-89 1989-90 111 947 8.5
Kenny Payne 1989-90 1992-93 144 508 3.5
Jerome Harmon 1994-95 10 46 4.6
           
OHIO STATE          
Dave Sorenson 1972-73 48 285 5.9
Jimmy Jackson 1997-98 48 657 13.7
Evan Turner 2010-11 2011-12 126 986 7.8
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