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Hitting his stride, UK guard Diallo buying into what it takes for Wildcats to win

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Hamidou Diallo is buying into what it takes for Kentucky to be successful and it’s showing in the court. The secret to Diallo’s recent success, especially during the past four games, has been simple. “(I’ve) just been coming in every day and working hard,” Diallo said following the Wildcats’ 93-86 victory over Virginia Tech last Saturday. Diallo, a redshirt...

No Gold Medal: Canada shocks United States 99-87 in FIBA U19 World Cup semifinal round

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The quest for a gold medal came to an end for the United States in the U19 FIBA World Cup Saturday with a 99-87 loss to Canada in the semifinal round. The Americans (5-1) will conclude play in the event against Spain (5-1) at noon Sunday in the bronze medal finale. The U.S. has won six gold and three silver medals in the tournament and will be competing in the third-place...

USA U19 men pull away from Germany for 81-59 World Cup quarterfinal victory; Canada next

CAIRO, EGYPT – Behind a defense that wreaked havoc in the second half, and a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double by Austin Wiley (Auburn/Hoover, Ala.), the USA (5-0) battled its way to an 81-59 quarterfinals round victory over German (3-2) in FIBA U19 World Cup play Friday night. With the win, the Americans advance to the medal round semifinals on Saturday and will face Canada (4-1) in a 2:30...

‘Athletic’ USA Men’s U19 World Cup squad too much for Mali to handle; quarterfinals next stop

Possessing too much athleticism, too much depth and too much scoring power, the USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team (4-0) won its round of 16 game against Mali (0-4) in impressive style, running to a 117-69 victory Wednesday afternoon in FIBA U19 World Cup play in Cairo, Egypt. The victory improved the Americans to 4-0 and advanced the USA in its pursuit for a third-consecutive FIBA U19 World Cup gold medal....

UK recruit Washington pours in 20 points, USA U19 Men roll past Italy, finish preliminary play undefeated

CAIRO, EGYPT — Powered by University of Kentucky recruit PJ Washington’s (Findlay Prep/Las Vegas, Nev.) 20 points, the USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team finished off preliminary play with an exclamation point and defeated previously unbeaten Italy (2-1) 98-65 Tuesday night in Cairo, Egypt. “I thought Italy played great, they hit a lot of shots at the beginning and that forces us...

Unchallenged: Calipari’s U.S. squad opens U19 World Cup with a couple of easy victories

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The United States U19 team reached the century mark twice and rolled to a pair of easy victories over the weekend in the opening round of the FIBA U19 World Cup. The Americans, led by Kentucky coach John Calipari, opened the event with a 108-48 rout of Iran Saturday, followed by an easy 109-68 win over Angola Sunday in Cairo, Egypt. The victory was the 20th in a row for...

USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team thumps Angola as Diallo nets 15, Washington adds 11

CAIRO, EGYPT – For the second night in a row, the USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team (2-0) passed the centennial scoring mark, and in improving to 2-0 after posting a 109-68 romp over Angola (0-2), displayed balanced scoring and overwhelming athleticism during preliminary play at the FIBA U19 World Cup for Men on Sunday night in Cairo, Egypt. Looking for its third-consecutive gold medal at the...

Wildcat newcomers Washington, Diallo lead Team USA to victory in first exhibition game

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take long for Team USA to get down to business on its arrival in Cairo, Egypt earlier this week. Coach John Calipari’s Team USA squad defeated Lithuania 89-66 in an exhibition game late Wednesday local time. The team’s top two scorers were Calipari’s own incoming University of Kentucky players. Kentucky freshman guard PJ Washington led the team in scoring...