Team USA in Pool C at World Univ. Games
May 11, 2017

TAIPEI - Purdue men’s basketball will represent the USA as the National Team at the 2017 World University Games (WUG), competing in Pool C from August 19 to 30, in Chinese Taipei, announced today at the FISU Heads of Delegation meeting in Taipei.

During the team draw, ping pong balls representing each competing nation were drawn to decide the pools for each of the seven team sports (men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, volleyball, water polo and men’s baseball) in the Universiade. Each sport was divided into four separate pools each assigned a letter (A, B, C, and D). Women’s water polo and men’s baseball were divided into two pools (A and B). Following the five games in pool competition, the teams will be seeded for bracket play with the top two teams from each pool battling for a medal.

Joining the USA National Team in Pool C is Estonia, Romania, the Czech Republic, United Arab Emirates and Argentina. Historically, the USA has won 14 World University Games gold medals, three silvers and three bronze medals since the inception of the games in 1965. The USA won gold in 2015 (led by Kansas), but hadn’t won gold previously since 2005.

In each of the last two events, Estonia has finished in the top seven and the USA is 1-0 all-time against Estonia (W, 107-59 in 1993). Romania finished sixth in the 2013 event and Team USA is 3-0 all-time against the country, last winning in 2011 (94-80).

Team USA is 9-0 all-time against the Czech Republic (and Czechslovakia), winning 96-53 in the 2013 event. The Stars and Stripes have played the United Arab Emirates just once, defeating it 140-46 in the 2013 Games.

Lastly, Team USA has never faced Argentina in the World University Games.

Team USA will host two exhibition games against teams to be determined prior to leaving for Chinese Taipei. On Aug. 11, the squad will play a game at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana, before hosting the same team Aug. 12, at Lafayette Jefferson High School.



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