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Sixteen players remain at World University Games training camp

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USA Basketball announced the 16 players who remain in contention for the 12 roster spots on this summer’s World University Games team, with standouts such as Creighton’s Doug McDermott and Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick on the list.

The training camp will conclude on June 30, with USA Basketball announcing the 12-player roster shortly thereafter. The World University Games begin on July 7, taking place in Kazan, Russia.

“The effort of this group was unbelievable, and it was very tough to get down,” chair of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee Jim Boeheim said in the release.

“Usually, it’s pretty easy to get down to 16. It was not easy with this group. It was very difficult. Guys were very, very close in a two-day tryout. Another day, and it might have been a couple of different guys in there, but you have to take the guys that played the best, and those 16 played the best.”

The 16 players who remain are:

G Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado/Woodland Hills, Calif.)
G Yogi Ferrell (Indiana/Indianapolis, Ind.)
F/C Davante Gardner (Marquette/Suffolk, Va.)
G Treveon Graham (VCU/Temple Hills, Md.)
G Jerian Grant (Notre Dame/Bowie, Md.)
G/F Luke Hancock (Louisville/ Roanoke, Va.)
G Tyler Haws (BYU/Alpine, Utah)
F Rodney Hood (Duke/Meridian, Miss.)
F/C Cory Jefferson (Baylor/ Killeen, Texas)
G Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati/Yonkers, N.Y.)
C Alex Kirk (New Mexico/Los Alamos, N.M.)
F Doug McDermott (Creighton/Ames, Iowa)
F Adreian Payne (Michigan State/Dayton, Ohio)
G Chasson Randle (Stanford/Rock Island, Ill.)
F Will Sheehey (Indiana/Stuart, Fla.)
F Aaron White (Iowa/Strongsville, Ohio)

The United States begins World University Games play against the United Arab Emirates on July 7, and the other teams in Group C are Australia, Canada, Czech Republic and Sweden.

Davidson head coach Bob McKillop is the head coach for the United States, and he’ll be assisted by Michigan’s John Beilein and South Carolina’s Frank Martin.

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No. 17 Arizona erases double-digit deficit to beat UCLA

Arizona coach Sean Miller reacts to a foul call during the first half of Arizona's NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Friday, Feb 12, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.

UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.

Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.

All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.

The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.

No. 23 USC falls at Arizona State

Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley applauds the efforts of his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
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No. 23 USC missed a golden opportunity to make up a game in the Pac-12 standings on Friday night.

No. 11 Oregon lost to Colorado on Thursday night, dropping back into a tie for first place in the league with the Trojans, a game ahead of No. 17 Arizona. But USC fell at Arizona State, 74-67, keeping them a game off of the pace that the Ducks have set.

The loss is even more painful when you consider that, on Sunday, the Trojans will be making the trip to Tucson to take on Arizona. The Wildcats are not what we have become accustomed to seeing under Sean Miller, but they are still a top 25 team and the McKale Center is still one of the toughest places in the country to get a win.

Thanks to Friday’s loss, instead of entering McKale with an outside chance of taking over sole possession of first place in the league, USC will have top hope they don’t fall two games off the pace.

As far as the game itself was concerned, USC committed 17 turnovers, shot 2-for-11 from three and gave up 16 offensive rebounds to Arizona State. That’s how you lose a game where you shoot better than 51 percent from the floor. USC was just never able to consistently get out into transition, and that caused them to struggle executing in the half court.

Nikola Jovanovic led the way with 25 points and 15 boards for USC.

Tra Holder’s 20 points made the difference for Arizona State, who kept themselves within striking distance of an at-large bid with the win.