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USA Can’t Contain R.J. Barrett, Falls to Canada 99-87


Team USA had no answer for R.J. Barrett.  The No. 1 player in the 2019 class, the Canadian sensation scored 38 points to lead Canada to a 99-87 and keep John Calipari’s squad out of the World Cup Gold Medal Game.

Barrett was a man among boys.  No American could stop the 6’6″ swingman from getting to the rim. Barrett made 50 percent of his shots and got to the free throw line early and often (12/15 FT).  He also had 13 rebounds and 5 assists.

The only thing that could slow him down was foul trouble.  Canada had an 11-point lead when fouled out with three minutes left, but it wasn’t enough time for the Americans to mount a comeback.

Offensively, USA struggled to score against Canada’s zone defense.  P.J. Washington and Hamidou Diallo worked the lane well in the middle of the zone, but failed to finish tough, contested baskets and left too many points off the scoreboard. The two Wildcats combined to make only 6 of 25 shots.   

Team USA left even more points at the free throw line.  The Americans made only 25-of-43 free throws (58.1 percent).

Washington still led Team USA in scoring with a 17-points, and added 11 rebounds for a double-double.  Diallo finished with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

While the Americans struggled to get momentum at the beginning of the second half, they looked to Diallo to provide a spark on defense.  He created some turnovers, but not enough without fouling, forcing him to sit for much of the third quarter.

When Diallo returned to the game, he did not provide much during crunch time.  Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony chalked it up to inexperience.  “Hamidou Diallo bricking free throws, running into brick walls for charges, heaving up tough shots. Lacks big game experience in a major way.”

Team USA’s Stats 

Team USA will play Spain tomorrow at noon for the bronze medal.  More to come from Cairo.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

23 Comments for USA Can’t Contain R.J. Barrett, Falls to Canada 99-87

  1. BBNDan7
    4:49 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

    *somewhere off in the distance someone yells “fire Calipari”*

  2. CryptoCatfish
    4:50 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

    Setup a visit with that young man. He is special.

    • BBNDan7
      4:58 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

      And he’s only 17…

    • runningunnin.454
      7:28 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

      Cal has had good luck recruiting north of the border; and he’s a friend of Jamal Murray…couldn’t hurt.

  3. maximumscott
    4:53 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink


  4. jaws2
    5:12 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

    Hmmmm, team can’t make FT’s. Imagine that.

  5. Luether
    5:39 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

    The USA Ky players will fit in perfectly with their poor FT shooting. Perfectly…

  6. Kat4Life
    6:43 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

    That was among the most painful basketball viewing experiences of my adult life…….boy did those guys underperform……they were flat from the tip. Cal becomes first coach to lose in U19 international play since 2010 I think……and Diallo looked absolutely lost…..horrific display today. That version of him would not see the floor (for long) next year……very athletic guy, but has a lot of Archie Goodwin in him, if you know what I mean, he may lead the SEC in charges…..WAY too confident for his game at this stage of his development…….

    • runningunnin.454
      7:32 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

      The number two draft pick shot 2-15 and 1-11 from the three line in his NBA debut…it happens.
      And Ball has a lot more experience than Diallo and Washington.

  7. henderblue
    7:37 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

    Bring back Tubby

  8. Angelo
    1:43 am July 9, 2017 Permalink

    Great work Nick!! Great info and analysis! For years we have heard this was going to be a down year. Maybe we sneak up on the tournament like in 98…

  9. ClutchCargo
    1:44 am July 9, 2017 Permalink

    This means nothing for IK. The future is bright.

  10. rainman
    7:42 am July 9, 2017 Permalink

    How much does Cal’s unwillingness to play zone
    factors into this? NOT a good look!

  11. EdC
    8:04 am July 9, 2017 Permalink

    A Calipari drinking game with trouble scoring against the zone and missed free throws would get you drunk quickly.

  12. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    9:46 am July 9, 2017 Permalink

    Some of you people kill me! Basing the 2017-18 season on two players that aren’t even playing with their team? How stupid and moronic can some people in this fan base get? Diallo has performed very well for a guy leading some 16-17 year olds. PJ Washington is fresh out of highschool performing his face off with a bunch of guys he’s never played with and people are sour over our team next year? We get to add Kevin Knox who would have led this team and helped beat cancada I am sure. We have a point guard who can really really shoot, Wenyen Gabriel who will make a big jump, Jared Vando who is the real deal nightmare wing we’ve finally got on our side, and we’re already writing this year up as a failure? Pure blown idiots on here need a reality check! Not even football and people are already being negative nancies

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:10 pm July 9, 2017 Permalink

      Its the same handful of idiots and trolls, over and over again. The other 98.9% of BBN is going to enjoy the ride.

    • Kat4Life
      12:16 pm July 9, 2017 Permalink

      Take off your bold font, get rid of the exclamation points and name calling……..everyone is entitled to their observations, and frankly most of them are probably not that “idiotic”, certainly not when it comes to Diallo. Agree, we cannot project anything about UK’s team in 2017-8 quite yet, but having watched Diallo 5 times now I can tell you he is far from a finished product, and far from a top 25 D-1 shooting guard. He is very athletic, but he is not a good basketball player……he may eventually become one, but his days of dominating sub-par high school talent are over. He struggled against Germany and Canada backcourts, to score and to guard. Kid’s got work to do…….a lot…….

    • EdC
      6:42 pm July 9, 2017 Permalink

      Dear noob the bold font is because of a lot of likes.

  13. Randall lee
    11:15 am July 9, 2017 Permalink

    Great recruiter, so-so coach.