Jayson Tatum scored 19 points and Malik Newman added 15 points and six assists as Team USA advanced past the Japanese and into the quarterfinals of the U17 FIBA World Championships with a 122-38 win on Tuesday morning.
The final score was 122-38.
And you thought the 60 point win over the Phillippines on Monday was bad? Japan was down 41-6 after the first quarter.
There are some good teams in this U17 tournament — the Americans only beat Greece by ten in the opening round — but there are quite a few countries in the world where their basketball simply cannot compete with ours. China should give the US more of a test, although the Americans will still be heavy favorites. China has lost to Argentina and Serbia but they beat Egypt and, on Tuesday, bet Italy.
The quarterfinals will resume on Thursday, August 13th.
Here is a boxscore from the win over Japan:
Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.
Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.
McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.
The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.
News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.
LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.
Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.
Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.
Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.