Monday, August 15, 2011

World University Games 2011 -- USA Hammers Hungary

USA 102 Hungary 53
The USA men's team upped their World University Games record to 2-0 with a dominant performance over Team Hungary Sunday in the University of Shenzhen's Main Gym. The final score, 102-53 hints at the gap between the two teams. Team USA had already doubled-up Team Hungary when John Jenkins hit his first of first of his record six three point field goals. Jenkins hit his second in the waning moments of the first quarter to stake the American squad to a 21-6 lead. Team USA stretched their lead to 39, 58-19 on a scorching 37-13 second quarter. The Americans outscored the Hungarians 26-6 in the third quarter, holding Team Hungary scoreless for the last five minutes of the period as they went on a 13-0 run. Jenkins hit the last of his six three point goals as the third quarter wound down, finishing the period with 20 points. Taking a 63 point lead into the last quarter, the Americans eased off as the Hungarians closed the final gap to 49, 102-53. The possession-based breakdown...

Team USA73.61.3954.310.945.952.950.01.16

At 73.6 possessions, the pace was not "exhibition-high", but still above what one might expect from a Division 1 (NCAA) game (VMI & North Carolina excepted). Their 1.39 points per possession (ppp) nearly doubled Team Hungary's 0.72 ppp, unheard of in international and D1 basketball. The American dominated the offensive boards, if they did not convert on the first attempt, they were nearly assured to either get a second try (45.9% offensive rebound rate), or go to the line (53.9% FTA/FGA). The score by quarters...


Team USA plays Team South Korea Monday at 3:30 am Eastern time.

Further Reading
USA Basketball posted a game recap on their website.
The official World Univesity Games website posted the box score at USA basketball, USA Basketball's game recap and play-by-play from the Shenzhen University website.

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