USA Basketball drops two straight, won't medal at World U Games
Team USA will go at least a decade between winning gold medals at the World University Games after failing to clear pool play on Friday.
The JV has outdone the varsity.
Less than a week removed from Team USA winning a gold medal in U19 FIBA competition, the all-college team that is representing the U.S. at the World University Games has underperformed and won't be bringing home any medals.
The group, led by Creighton's Doug McDermott, Michigan State's Adreian Payne and Louisville's Luke Hancock, dropped back-to-back games on successive days against Australia (93-84) and Canada (94-85) and thus will not be eligible to medal. This marks the second straight World University Games where men's basketball did not medal; the team missed out in 2011 and took bronze in 2009. It has not won gold at the Games in this event since 2005.
Hancock had a team-high 27 points in USA's loss to Canada, which improved to 5-0 in pool play. The United States dropped to 3-2, failing to move on as Canada and Australia did.
“We didn't defend well enough to win the game,” Hancock said afterward. “That's as simple as it gets. If you give up that many points, it's going to be hard to win games no matter what you do.”
The team will now move on to separate pool play and will continue to compete through July 15, coached by Davidson's Bob McKillop.
“Canada certainly is a very good team,” McKillop said. “They look like a team, they played like a team. Our guys emptied their gas tanks. They gave a great effort, but we fell short.”
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