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Frankly, the U.S. team in the World University Games men's basketball competition needs work.
Maybe the Americans will get their act together and obliterate (figuratively) the Czech Republic in the wee, wee hours Monday (Central time, that is, not Kazan, Russia time).
The U.S.' 140-46 victory over the United Arab Emirates Sunday was only one point more of a victory-margin than Russia's 117-24 triumph over Oman. The Russians held Oman to 22.4 percent shooting from the field, and Oman only got one free throw attempt.
Meanwhile, United Arab Emirates was able to make 28.6 percent of its shots from the floor, and got 15 foul shots (making seven). So the U.S. better tighten up that defense.
Iowa's Aaron White had a tight game for the Americans, though, making 5 of 6 shots from the floor, 2 of 3 from 3-point territory, and blocking two shots. He played 20 minutes.
White had a dunk for the final points of the third quarter. That gave the U.S. 100 points. Then it warmed up.
That wasn't the U.S.' all-time most-lopsided win in this event, by the way. In 1979, the Americans beat Sudan, 173-14. That was after a 144-34 victory over Jordan and a 147-25 triumph over Saudi Arabia.
That U.S. team featured Kevin McHale, Jawan Oldham, Andrew Toney, Jeff Ruland and Larry Smith, all of whom had long NBA careers and never beat a team in that league by 100 points.
In a game that resembled basketball competition Sunday, Canada beat Sweden, 84-69. Iowa State's Melvin Ejim had six points and seven rebounds for the Canadians in 20 minutes.
The best game of Day 1 was South Korea's 100-98 overtime win over Ukraine. The Koreans were outrebounded, 57-32, but had 16 steals to their opponents' three.
I have no idea what United Arab Emirates basketball is trying to say in the following tweets. I assume they're safe for work. If not, don't look at them at work.