Crazie Talk Live: FIBA Americas U18 Championship Game

The United States U-18 squad dominated Team Canada from the opening tip last night, winning handily 122-89.

In one of the more hyped match-ups of a tournament, the Maple Leaf Nation had little to no chance. Especially with Duke 2011 top target Austin Rivers going crazy and scoring 35 points—a record for this competition. Rivers was uncanny, hitting his first nine three-point shots. His sixth trey broke the USA record—in the first half. It was a Ray Allen-like performance for Austin, while his father, Celtics coach Doc Rivers, watched from the San Antonio stands.

Our 2010 commitments also played well; Irving netted 12 points and dished out seven assists. Kyrie got into the lane at will, distributing to USA’s capable forwards. Josh Hairston rebounded from a disappointing game against Argentina, posting 10 points and four rebounds. Josh did a good job of finishing around the basket, and knocked down both of his free throws.

Quincy Miller cooled off after his big game against Argentina, but he had an admirable stat line of seven points, six rebounds and five assists. Miller shows tremendous poise in the open court; he handles the ball like a guard on fast breaks, slicing into the lane and getting by his defender with a variety of quick moves, including a vicious spin cycle that leaves him alone at the rim. Quincy is perhaps the biggest talent on this team, and we are really just seeing small flashes of what he is capable of (The hilariously incompetent commentator of these games referred to Quincy’s ’16 straight threes in practice the other day’ a dozen times in the past two nights).

Amir Williams, who has been at the end of the bench for Team USA, is still getting into the flow of the game. Williams shows promise—finishing off one nice assist for a two-handed slam against the Nucks—but his hands are ’07 Lance Thomas-esque and he seems a little lost out there. Nonetheless, playing for his country will be a great experience for him, and Williams will definitely improve with time. He has gotten a lot of looks recently, and we’re sure that K and Co. will keep tabs on Amir—perhaps fellow Detroit Country Day veteran Shane Battier can give him a few pointers.

Wednesday night at 8 p.m. EST, Team USA is back in action against Brazil, who pulled away late from Argentina to secure a spot in the title game. We hope that you join us for our final live-blog of this tournament—it has been a lot of fun talking basketball with a big cast of Duke fans for the past two games. Again, you can check out the live feed of the game here.

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Crazie Talk Live: FIBA Americas U18 Semifinals

Our session last night was a huge success! SI’s own Luke Winn even dropped by! Quincy Miller and Team USA dominated Argentina from start to finish, earning a spot in the seminfinals and a matchup with Canada.

You can take in a live feed of the game here. Will Miller turn in another dominant performance? Or will the lethal back court combo of Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers steal the show?

We’ll be going live tonight at 8:00pm EST, 7:00 C. All are welcome!

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Crazie Talk Live: FIBA Americas U18 Championships

Howdy folks! If you’re bored or obsessed with basketball like we are, make sure you tune into our live blog of Team USA’s matchup against Argentina in the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in San Antonio this evening. Team USA’s roster is stacked (as usual), and features five Duke commits and targets in the starting lineup – Kyrie Irving, Josh Hairston, Quincy Miller, Austin Rivers, and Amir Williams.
You can take in a live feed of the game here. That said, the commentary is pretty terrible, so we’d love it if you stopped by to chat with us. The game is scheduled to start at 8:00pm EST (7:00pm CT).

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Deviled Eggs: June 28th, 2010

Every Monday morning, Crazie Talk culls Duke basketball news, articles, and videos into a half dozen of the best “Deviled Eggs” on the interwebs.

Here are this week’s best.

Scheyer and Zoubek will get their chances at NBA rosters. (Courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com)

1.  Hairston, Miller, and Rivers Interview at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship

Duke Hoop caught up with Josh Hairston, Quincy Miller, and Austin Rivers following their 131-63 victory over the US Virgin Islands Saturday night to talk Duke, team chemistry, and their futures.

2.  Now that the 2010 NBA Draft is over…

Andy Katz gets a head start on who to watch for in the 2011 draft.  4 Blue Devils made the list:  Kyrie, Mason, Kyle, and Nolan.  While we love the praise being given to Kyrie and Mason, we’re certainly hoping they stay at Duke a little longer than Katz thinks.

3.  New-Look ACC

A quick rundown of some of the changes you’ll see in the ACC this year.  In the article, here’s what Ole Roy had to say about last year:

“It didn’t bother them that we weren’t any good when they were beating the dickens out of us at Cameron. But if we’re both really good, I think it helps us.”

I suppose Roy may actually have a point.  While 32 point beatdowns are enjoyable, good competition might be nice every once in a while.

4.  Speaking from Experience

Interesting read on JJ Redick as he looks back on his transition from college to the NBA, reflecting on where he is now and giving some advice to the new draftees.

5.  Scheyer and Zoubs to get their shots

Though both went undrafted, Jon Scheyer and Brian Zoubek have been named to summer league rosters and will get their chances to make it to the NBA.  Best of luck to both of them, as well as to Elliot Williams, drafted 22nd by the Portland Trailblazers!

6.  Duke gets ESPY Nominations

Coach K’s in the running for Best Coach as well as the national championship for Best Game.  Be sure to log on and vote!  (Link included in article.)

Finally, just wanted to give a special thanks to all our readers on Crazie Talk’s 1 year anniversary!  We can’t believe how many followers we’ve gained over the past 12 months.  As always, we encourage you to send us feedback at email@crazie-talk.com!

Watch U.S. U-18 Team Live Tonight, 9 PM ET

UPDATE: The U.S. is in action again tonight against Mexico, a team that was blown out by the Argentines the other day. The stream will likely start closer to 9 P.M. EST. The hyperlink below still works.

Quick hitter here, everyone. The United States Under 18 National Team is competing in the 2010 FIBA Americas Championships for the next several days, and our first official game is tonight, 8 p.m. ET, versus the Virgin Islands.

Thankfully, Americans depressed over today’s soccer loss against Ghana can revel in what should be a dominant performance by the good guys.

FibaAmericas.com is broadcasting tonight’s games from their website. Click the video under “Top Stories” to watch streaming action. You can even go fullscreen! Wow, technology.

2010 commitments Kyrie Irving and Josh Hairston are on the roster, as well as 2011 top prospects Austin Rivers, Quincy Miller, and Amir Williams. This is a great opportunity to see what Irving and Hairston can bring to the table next year—and what 2011’s recruiting haul may look like.

C-T will be covering the action via our twitter. If you enjoyed our live tweets of the NBA Draft the other night, check it out for more humorous and serious coverage while watching the game.