Purdue to Face Israel in Taipei
Aug. 26, 2017

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TAIPEI - The Purdue men’s basketball team, representing the United States, will look to bring home a gold medal to West Lafayette as it opens play in the World University Games medal round Sunday.

USA will face a very strong Israel team in Sunday’s quarterfinals, beginning at 3 a.m. ET, from Taipei Arena. The contest will be televised tape-delayed back in America on the CBS Sports Network, beginning at 9 a.m. ET.

The American squad ran through Pool C with a 5-0 record, winning by an average of 42.8 points per game and shooting almost 53 percent from the field and almost 45 percent from long distance -- a line that is almost two feet further than the NCAA 3-point line.

Israel, meanwhile, finished tied for first in a loaded Pool D, with a 4-1 record. It has wins over Ukraine, Australia, Russia and Mozambique with its lone loss coming to Lithuania (79-70). In a Friday showdown for the final qualifying spot, Israel routed Ukraine 105-78.

WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES NOTEBOOK
• The USA and Germany were the only unbeaten teams in pool play. Germany won Pool B with a 5-0 record.
• Purdue’s point differential of 214 points was the highest in pool play.
• The United States has scored 100 or more points in four straight games, averaging 113.8 points per game during that span.
• The USA leads the field in scoring (108.8 / Lithuania is second at 94.2 PPG), field goal percentage (.525) and 3-point percentage (.432). Israel is third in the field in all three categories (92.8 / .517 / .402). Israel has also been very efficient on offense, averaging a field-best 25.0 assists per game.
• Purdue is fourth in the field in scoring defense (66.0). Germany leads at 60.8 points per game allowed.
• Purdue has made at least 15 3-pointers in three of its last four games, averaging 13.4 trifectas per game during pool play.
• On international soil, Purdue has posted 11-0 record since last August. The Boilermakers went 4-0 on their Spanish foreign trip, 2-0 in last November’s Cancun Challenge and is 5-0 at this year’s World University Games.
• Five players average between 10.4 and 17.2 points per game, led by Vincent Edwards’ 17.2 scoring average. Five more players average at least 5.0 points per game, and eight players are averaging at least 15.0 minutes per game.
Vincent Edwards ranks fifth in the field in scoring (17.2 PPG), eighth in steals (2.2 SPG), 10th in field goal percentage (.556) and 10th in free throw percentage (.833). He is also aveaging a team-best 7.2 rebounds per game.
Ryan Cline is fourth in both 3-point percentage (.600) and 3-pointers made (3.0 per game).
Isaac Haas is shooting 21-of-29 (.724) from the field, but doesn’t have enough attempts to qualify for the tournament lead. In the eight games played against international opponents (two vs. Canada; one vs. Norway; five in pool play), Haas is shooting 36-of-47 (.766) from the field.
• Six different players have at least 10 assists for the USA Team. Ryan Cline leads the team in assists with 15, while freshman Nojel Eastern is second with 14.
• Ten different players have made 3-pointers for the USA, and six are making at least one triple per game.
Ryan Cline and Dakota Mathias are a combined 29-of-54 (.537) from 3-point range in Taipei.
• 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’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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