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How Did FIBA World Cup Win Prepare USA Basketball for 2016 Rio Summer Olympics?

Bleacherreport.com  -  The United States scored a tournament-high 129 points on Sunday, easily outpacing Serbia's 92 points en route to a gold medal at the FIBA World Cup in Spain. It was the club's 63rd consecutive victory and secured the team a spot at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Bleacher Report highlighted the win and Irving's performance:Team USA's latest rout comes on the heels of gold-medal victories at the 201 2 days

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Where Does 2014 Team USA Rank Among America's All-Time Best Basketball Squads?

Bleacherreport.com  -  This brand of Team USA basketball was better than you think.Team USA capped off its perfect summer Sunday, treating Serbia to a 129-92 romping in the 2014 FIBA World Cup final, capturing gold in convincing fashion, leaving all talk of potential weaknesses behind.Chatter about Spain, about Kevin Durant's and Paul George's departures, about chemistry, about slow starts—it's gone. It all 2 days

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Kentucky Basketball: Surveying Wildcats' Chances with Top 2015 Recruits

Bleacherreport.com  -  With college football ramping up, basketball is trapped in its wake until season-opening events start taking place. Kentucky's Big Blue Madness is one of the best of those basketball bacchanals, and it's a night that recruits in attendance won't soon forget.Commitments throughout the class of 2015 are beginning to come fast and furious, but some of the elite prospects are still waiting. They're p 3 days

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Ranking the Most Important 'Glue Guys' in College Basketball in 2014-15

Bleacherreport.com  -  Star power is a great asset to a college basketball team, but having too many elite talents can cause its own problems. Sometimes, the most valuable asset to a coach is the kind of player who doesn’t always look good in a box score but does a little of everything to help his team win.The archetypal “glue guy” does the dirty work as a defender while also grabbing key rebounds, ma 3 days

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The 10 NCAA Basketball Programs That Have Declined the Most in the Past Decade

Bleacherreport.com  -  For 10 college basketball teams, things have gone severely downhill since the 2003-04 season. After all, not all programs can be as consistently dominant as their blue-blood counterparts.Just 11 years ago, Georgia Tech played for a national championship. But the Yellow Jackets have a 56-70 record over the past four seasons. Yet that precipitous fall from grace wasn't even enough for the 3 days

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Predicting Who Will Be the 10 Most Hated College Basketball Players in 2014-15

Bleacherreport.com  -  A little bit of hate goes a long way in college basketball.As passionate and devoted that fans can be toward their teams, part of what fuels that commitment is a healthy distaste of a team's rivals and their top players. But certain players elicit a special level of disdain, either because of the way they play or how they operate on the court.Some truly hated players have moved on from college ba 3 days

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Pittsburgh Basketball: The Most Hated Players from the Panthers' Biggest Rivals

Bleacherreport.com  -  Fortunately for the blue-and-gold faithful who pack the Petersen Events Center, they'll never have to see one of the biggest villains in Pitt history again. Tyler Ennis has left Syracuse for the NBA, and Jabari Parker, T.J. Warren and Okaro White are among the other ACC standouts who are pursuing opportunities in the Association.Pitt finished fifth in the ACC in 2013-14, and when it did struggle, 3 days

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USA Basketball vs. Serbia: 2014 FIBA World Cup Final Preview

Bleacherreport.com  -  Heading into the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski—without LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George or Chris Paul at his disposal—was seen as marshaling perhaps his weakest team in over a decade.Eight games and a 32.5-point-average margin of victory later, the Americans enter Sunday’s gold-medal game against Serbia with 4 days

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