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Philadelphia: Stepping up and stepping out

Basketball

This week in March Madness and the NBA.

March 22, 2021
Source: Skip Snow/USA Today
Source: Skip Snow/USA Today

๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ€MBB: Thanks to co-Big East Player of the Year Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and the Wildcatsโ€™ strong defense, No. 5 Villanova danced past the No. 12 Winthrop Eagles 73โ€“63 in the first round on Friday. Thatโ€™ll show โ€™em to bet against us

  • And the good times kept rolling last night when โ€™Nova trounced the North Texas Mean Green 84โ€“61, booking their ticket to the Sweet Sixteen. The Mean Green briefly led in the first half, but the Wildcats then went on a breathtaking 34โ€“6 run and never slowed down. Not so mean now, huh? 
  • Next, theyโ€™ll hunt for an upset vs. No. 1 seed Baylor on Saturday. Get hyped.

WBB: Down in San Antonio, No. 14 Drexel has their first test against the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs at 12 p.m. ET today. While you tune in during lunch, look for the Dragonsโ€™ top scorers, Hannah Nihill and Keishana Washington, to lead the quest for their own upset. 

๐Ÿ€76ers: The Sixers put us through a nail-biter last night, eking out a 101โ€“100 overtime win over the NY Knicks. BRB, trying to stop our hearts from pounding. 

  • With Joel Embiid and Seth Curry still out with injuries and Ben Simmons just returning from one, we were nervous to take on the surging Knicks. But Shake Milton and Tobias Harris stepped up in a big way with 21 and 20 points, respectively. 

We also had no reason to worry about Simmons, who played 37 minutes and finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds. The streak lives on.