Team USA must regroup after loss to Australia in World University Games

  • 07/11/2013 11:13 pm in

071113hacxUpdate: Team USA fell to Canada, 94-85, and is eliminated from medal contention.

If USA Basketball is to keep hope alive for its first goal medal in men’s basketball at the World University Games since 2005, it must beat Canada on Friday.

That’s because the Americans fell to 3-1 in pool play on Thursday with a 93-84 loss to Australia.

A win on Friday against Canada would create a three-way tie at 4-1 in Pool C and only two teams advance to the medal round.

The tiebreaker would come down to point differential and according to a release by USA Basketball, Team USA needs to beat the Canadians by 10-or-more points to finish ahead of at least Australia in the standings. If the USA loses to Canada, it would play for ninth place at best in the event.

Thursday’s loss to Australia, which Team USA led by five points entering the fourth quarter, was the second for the group since arriving in Kazan, Russia and came at a costly time.

“We just have to revitalize our spirit,” coach Bob McKillop said. “It was shaken by this, it was shaken by the exhibition loss. It’s a very uncommon situation for USA Basketball. Leadership from the coaching staff and leadership from the team is going to be vital right now.”

Yogi Ferrell was one of four players in double figures of Thursday’s loss with 10 points, but finished just 4-of-16 from the field. Ferrell also had five rebounds, four turnovers and three assists in 23 minutes.

Will Sheehey finished with four points in 10 minutes.

Through four games, Ferrell is the team’s second leading scorer at 13.0 points per game. He’s also averaging 5.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in a reserve role.

Sheehey is averaging 9.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15.0 minutes per game.

Friday’s game with Canada will air live at 5 a.m. ET on ESPNU and will be replayed July 12 at 7 p.m. and July 13 at 3:30 a.m.

(Photo credit: USA Basketball)

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  • Noah Cook

    How much did Dante Exum have?

  • semohoosier

    I don’t think Dante Exum plays in these games

  • thrawnjan

    How come the only game that was close and tested our players is not available as a replay on ESPN3. I hope it is not simply because USA lost.

  • CreamandCrimson

    USA lost to Canada, the best they can now finish is 9th. Still, this will have been a good learning experience for both Yogi and Will.

  • SCHoosier

    The Aussies and Canada were the only real competition the US had faced in these games. No shame in losing..altho in the games I saw. the US .had too many players taking too many 3 pt shots with no real effort to move the ball with passing for a better shot. Loved what I saw of Will and YOgi’s games though..especially on defense. Yogi is now built like a college wrestler but quick enuff to stay in front of anybody. Will wasn’t the focus of the offense on this team..he will be at IU and I think he is ready for that.

  • Ole Man

    The team defense went to heck in the fourth quarter. The coach went with the wrong lineup–Sheehey and Yogi should have been on the floor more. They showed more guts, fire, and smart play throughout the tourney than anyone on the American team other than Jefferson–who, by the way, I wish was on our roster!

  • Outoftheloop

    Looks like the problem against Australia and Canada was toughness and commitment on defense and shot selection/sharing the ball on offense. Will wasn’t on the floor (10 min one game 11 the next), and those are his strengths (All-Star coaches have a tough job)! Will will play 30 min, average 7.5 reb, 15 pts, and guard the other teams best offensive player for IU in 2013-14. That’s my prediction. Yogi will play 30 min, average 7.5 assists, 15 points, and direct the team. The big question is “what are the other 8 guys going to produce?” ( I am assuming a 10 man rotation) IU will need to develop 1 or 2 big time scorers, 1 or 2 strong rebounders, and 8 incredibly hard-working good team players on both ends of the court to go with these two. The talent will be there, but it will have to develop and gain experience.