USA Team Begins Golden Quest in Taipei
Aug. 18, 2017

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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
USA (0-0; Pool C) vs. Argentina (0-0; Pool C)
Sunday, Aug. 20 / 5:30 a.m. ET / LiveStream.com/FISU (Tape-delayed on CBS Sports Network)
Taipei / Taipei Arena (15,000)

TAIPEI - Consisting primarily of players from one university for the second straight time, the USA Team looks to win consecutive gold medals in the World University Games. Two years ago in South Korea, a team led by Kansas players (one SMU, one Florida Gulf Coast player) won the gold medal and a team made of entirely Purdue players will look to do the same in 2017 in Taipei.
• The USA has won the gold medal 14 times and medaled 20 times in 23 previous games. However, it has won the gold medal just twice (2005, 2015) since the turn of the century. All but two teams (Northern Iowa - 2007; Kansas - 2015) have been collegiate all-star teams.
• The Americans’ stiffest competition in its pool figures to be Argentina and the Czech Republic, while the top competition in the entire field will come from Russia, Germany, Australia, Serbia, Lithuania and Canada.

USA TEAM RUNS PAST NORWAY IN FINAL TUNEUP
Vincent Edwards and Isaac Haas combined to score 37 points and USA Team overcame a sloppy second quarter to rout Norway 81-49 in the team’s final exhibition tuneup before World University Games pool play starts Sunday.
• The team jumped out to a 25-4 first-quarter lead, but saw the Norwegian team outscore the Americans 23-9 in the second quarter to cut the halftime lead to 34-27. USA righted the ship and ran away in the third quarter, outscoring Norway 39-13 in the third quarter before playing out a truncated fourth quarter.
• Edwards, who scored 25 points in the USA’s last win against Canada last weekend, scored 21 points with three rebounds, two assists and a steal on 8-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range, in just 21 minutes.
• Haas was equally as efficient, scoring 16 points with six rebounds in 18 minutes on 7-of-7 shooting from the field. In the three exhibition games against international foes, Haas is shooting 22-of-25 (.880) from the field.
Grady Eifert continued his strong offseason. joining the senior duo in double figures with 10 points and four rebounds in just nine minutes of action. Jacquil Taylor led the team in rebounds with 12 rebounds, while P.J. Thompson had six assists against zero turnovers.
• As a team, USA shot 31-of-67 (.463) from the field, 10-of-30 (.333) from 3-point range and 9-of-11 (.818) from the free throw line. The USA outrebounded Norway 44-35 and had 15 turnovers.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
• Haas is shooting 22-of-25 (.880) from the field in the three exhibition games leading up to the World University Games.
Vincent Edwards is averaging 23.0 points per game over the last two outings. He is 19-of-26 (.731) from the field in that span.
• The duo is averaging a combined 37.3 points in just 47.3 minutes per game, while shooting 46-of-62 (.742) from the field.
• USA Team has shot just 23-of-80 (.288) from long distance in its three exhibition games. However, inside the 3-point arc, USA Team has shot 55.4 percent (77-of-139). The team is also shooting 77.5 percent (55-of-71) from the free throw line.
• The Americans’ starting five played most of the first and third quarters against Norway, outscoring the Norwegians 64-17 in the process.
• USA Team’s four seniors scored 23 of the team’s last 27 points over the last 90 seconds of regulation and the overtime session to erase a seven-point deficit and pull away for the win in the second game against Canada.
• USA trailed at halftime of both games against Canada, but outscored the Canucks by a combined 23 points after halftime in the two meetings.
• The Americans blocked 15 shots in the two games vs. Canada, including eight by Jacquil Taylor in just 31 minutes of action. Taylor has 10 blocked shots in 47 minutes of action.
• The trip to Taipei marks the third international appearance in the last 12 months for the Purdue basketball team with one more on the horizon.
• In November, Purdue will head to the Bahamas for the prestigious Battle 4 Atlantis. Purdue has posted a 6-0 record so far on international soil.
Carsen Edwards heads to Taipei in search of his second international medal of the summer. He helped Team USA to a bronze medal in the FIBA U19 World Cup in Egypt in July.
• This marks the second time that Matt Painter will lead a team into the World University Games. He guided the 2011 squad to a 7-1 record, winning its last seven games after losing the opener.
• Former Purdue players that have competed in the World University Games include Robbie Hummel (2009; Bronze), Troy Lewis (1987; Silver) and Stephen Scheffler (1989; Gold). JaJuan Johnson also tried out for the 2009 team, but was not selected.
Isaac Haas tried out for the 2015 Pan-Am team, but was not selected, while Vincent Edwards tried out for the U19 team in the same year, but was also not selected.
• Purdue led the Big Ten is scoring a year ago (79.7 PPG) for the fi rst time during the Matt Painter era.
• Purdue finished the 2016-17 season ranked ninth nationally in 3-point percentage (.403) and second in assists (18.2).
• Purdue’s 38 Big Ten wins over the last three years are the second most in the league in that span (Wisconsin - 40).
• Head coach Matt Painter is 1-of-3 coaches currently in the Big Ten to win at least one regular-season or tournament title. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Michigan’s John Beilein are the others.
 

 

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