Josh Jackson led six players in double-figures with 16 points as Team USA shook off an ugly start to steamroll the Phillippines, 124-64, in their final game of group play at the U17 World Championships.
Jackson added 11 points and five assists, while Malik Newman, Terrence Ferguson, Diamond Stone, Henry Ellenson and Harry Giles all scored between 12 and 16 points.
The Phillippines never had a chance in this one, as they were at a severe height-disadvantage at every position. If we’re being frank, they were actually lucky to stay within 60 points, as the Americans missed a number of dunks and layups throughout the game. This might have been the worst of the three games that Team USA played thus far in the tournament. Last Friday, they knocked off Greece before rolling over Angola on Saturday.
The Americans will advance to face Japan in the Round of 16 on Tuesday.
Here is a box score from Monday’s games:
We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.
For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.
Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.
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The new college basketball AP Poll is out, and it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you that Syracuse and Xavier are the big winners.
The Orange steamrolled through a good Battle 4 Atlantis field, while Xavier capped a dominating performance in the Advocare Invitational with a 29-point win over Dayton. It should be no surprise that they are where they are.
[MORE RANKINGS: NBCSports.com top 25 | Coaches Poll]
It is a bit surprising, however, that both Texas A&M and Providence made it into the polls with a loss this week. They both deserve to be there, I just wasn’t sure they were both going to be.
Anyway, here is the full poll:
1. Kentucky (59 first place votes)
2. Maryland (4)
3. Michigan State (2)
5. Iowa State
9. North Carolina
18. Texas A&M
20. West Virginia
NEW THIS WEEK: Syracuse, West Virginia, SMU, Providence, Louisville
DROPPED OUT: Indiana, Cal, UConn, LSU, Wichita State