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United States U18 team rolls to second win in FIBA Americas Championships

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One day after putting together a record-setting performance in their 156-58 win over Uruguay, the United States U18 national team rolled to its second victory with a 100-46 win over Mexico. Billy Donovan’s team, which is now 2-0 in the competition, built up a 56-13 lead at the half in a game they weren’t tested in after the first two minutes.

Five Americans finished the game in double figures, with Arizona signee Stanley Johnson scoring 18 points to lead the way. Also in double figures offensively were 2015 shooting guard Allonzo Trier (14 points), Duke signee Justise Winslow (14), 2015 point guard Jalen Brunson (11) and 2015 center Chase Jeter (ten).

2015 prospects Isaiah Briscoe, Luke Kennard (Duke commit) and Stephen Zimmerman all finished the game with eight points apiece, and Briscoe led the team with ten rebounds. The United States shot 56 percent from the field, scoring 66 of their 100 points in the paint against a team that didn’t have the size needed to keep them from scoring around the basket.

Victor Alvarez and Jose Arenas led the way offensively for Mexico, scoring 19 and 18 points respectively.

Next up for the United States in pool play is a matchup with Argentina, which is also 2-0 thus far after beating Uruguay 67-55 earlier Saturday. Jose Vildoza led the way for the Argentines with 16 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.

The United States isn’t the only team with players who will be playing college basketball either next season or in the near future, with Canada having multiple players of interest on its roster. Canada moved to 2-0 with a 79-67 win over the Dominican Republic, with 2015 four-star guard Montaque Gill-Caesar scoring 23 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the field.

Chris Egi, a big man who will attend Harvard in the fall, finished the game with six points and four rebounds and Vermont signee Drew Urquhart tallied 11 points and five rebounds. Canada plays Puerto Rico in a Group A matchup Sunday afternoon.

PHOTO: Ohio State’s new LeBron James shoe display

during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.
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Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.

The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.

Rutgers hoping new duo can bring a spark

of the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during their Big Ten conference game at Rutgers Athletic Center on February 8, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
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Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.

With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.

“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”

Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.

While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.