Is there any team in the world that can really compete with the United States?
Filled with athleticism, length, quickness and future college stars, Team USA defeated Turkey, 96-56, in the FIBA U17 World Championships gold medal game on Sunday afternoon.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) July 3, 2016
2017 guard Collin Sexton scored 16 points and dished out eight assists on Sunday to led Team USA. He also won MVP of the World Championships, capping an impressive tournament run in which he averaged 17 points, four rebounds and 4.2 assists.
Gary Trent Jr. (17 points) was a monster on the fast break, while Wendell Carter Jr. (11 points and eight rebounds) made his money around the basket and on the glass.
But it wasn’t any individual performance that boosted the United States in this particular game or in the entire tournament in general. Sure, Sexton boosted his stock with his savvy offensive skills and Trent showed off his strength and ability to finish around the rim, but it was the depth and team work that helped the club cruise through the tournament without any major tests.
In fact, USA won seven games by an average of 45 points, with their “slimiest” margin of victory coming against Turkey in the group stage (18 points). USA gave up 81 points to Korea in the Quarterfinals, but still won by 52 behind 24 points from Sexton. They beat Argentina by 53 and demolished Chinese Taipei in their opening game of the tournament, winning by 74 (!).
With 12 players that will begin their college careers at the Division I over the next three years, USA is five steps ahead of other countries around the world.
And when they are moving the ball, working as a team and developing chemistry, there’s no one in the country who can match their firepower.
Against Turkey, Team USA dished out 20 assists. Troy Brown Jr. rocketed a one handed pass in the first quarter that Carter finished with authority, Sexton had numerous flashy pass on the break, and Carter delivered a baseball pass that traveled length of the floor and ended in a layup at the rim.
Despite all the success, USA actually showed nerves in the opening minutes. Turkey took an early 8-2 lead thanks to two quick Kevin Knox turnovers and a sloppy play by the rest of the USA squad.
But the best team in the world responded with a quick 11-0 run, sparked by Trent and Sexton.
From there, it was all United States. Sexton dominated the first half – he scored 12 points on 6-of-6 from the field – and Carter seemed to clean up every miss or mistake his teammates made.
The transition attack was fluent and the United States buckled up defensively, limiting Turkey to just 10 points after the first quarter and 20 at the half.
The game was over by halftime, but Team USA continued to dig in deep on both ends of the floor, limiting Turkey to contested shots and using Knox’s versatility to their advantage.
This team is near unstoppable-able and don’t expect that to end any time soon, even as they bring in a new crop of players next year.
The Madness is Underway
As we inch closer to selection Sunday, many conference tournaments are underway finding teams who will automatically make the NCAA Men’s basketball. Here are the teams that currently in the tournament:
Atlantic Sun: Liberty
Big South: Gardner–Webb
Horizon: Northern Kentucky
Missouri Valley: Bradley
MEC: Fairleigh Dickinson
Ohio Valley: Murray State
Summit League: North Dakota State
Summit League: Saint Marry’s
Out of the 32 conferences with automatic bids in the tournament, 12 of them have been clinched. All the until selection Sunday the remaining 20 conferences will have their tickets punched. Who will that be? Stay tuned!
Tennessee Basketball Ranked 4th In (Early) Preseason Top 25
A school built on football lure now has a thriving basketball team to get behind. In a early CBS basketball poll, the Volunteer squad is ranked 4th in the preseason. This should bring relief to a fan base whose struggled with a lackluster football team in recent years.
Under Coach Rick Barnes (SEC Coach of the year 2017) the Vols went 26-9 last year, won a share of the regular season SEC title and reached the final of the SEC tournament. Tennessee should return most of their pivotal pieces for the 2018-19 season.
Admiral Schofield (2017-2018 ALL SEC second teamer) who tested the NBA waters has returned for his senior year to play along side Grant Williams (SEC player of the year) and Kyle Alexander. If they can stay healthy along with the supporting cast, this team has a legitimate chance to reach the final four.
According to Andy Katz, “Tennessee is the team to beat in the SEC this year,” and did I mention Coach Barnes recruiting is nothing to take lightly. Recently committed 5 star combo guard, Josiah James added his name to the class of 2019 and pushed the Vols recruiting into the top 10 nationally.
Although it’s too early to tell how this season will play out its certain the hype is warranted and reaching heights it hasn’t seen since the Bruce Pearl era.
Could it be!? Tennessee – a basketball school?
Follow the journey when the Volunteers tip off against Louisiana Lafayette on November 9th.
Papa John’s Founder John Schnatter Resigns as Louisville Trustee
Papa John’s founder John Schnatter, who is also a prominent University of Louisville booster, submitted his resignation to the school’s board of trustees Wednesday after reports surfaced about his use of the N-word during a conference call.
Louisville board of trustees chairman J. David Grissom announced Schnatter’s resignation stating that he believed “[Schnatter’s] comments, while inappropriate, do not reflect his personal beliefs or values.”
Additionally, Papa John’s announced Wednesday evening that Schnatter had resigned from the company’s chairman seat.
Papa John’s issued the following statement in the aftermath of the story breaking.
“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session are true,” the statement read. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”
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