University of Michigan men's basketball guard Tim Hardaway Jr. will be competing for Team USA during the 2011 FIBA Men's U19 World Championship this summer (Thu-Sun., June 30-July 10) in Riga, Latvia. The Wolverine sophomore made the team after undergoing a three-day tryout to begin a nine-day training camp from June 16-24 in Colorado Spring, Colo. Only the eighth Wolverine to represent the United States in international competition, Hardaway and Team USA will play the preliminary round in Liepaja, Valmiera, before moving to Riga for all subsequent rounds. The U19 Team USA squad has won the event four times, including a gold medal finish over Greece during the 2009 U19 FIBA World Championship in New Zealand.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Team USA completed play at the 2011 FIBA World Championship on Sunday (July 10), wrapping up their nine-game tournament schedule with a 7-2 record and a fifth-place finish. Hardaway finished the tournament as the fifth leading scorer for Team USA with 9.4 points per game, along with 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest, while shooting 43.3 percent from the field.
Hardaway emerged as the sixth-man for the Red, White and Blue, coming off the bench in all nine games. Despite not starting, Hardaway was typically on the floor in the closing moments of the close games, with four of the nine tournament contests being decided by two points or less. Hardaway was Team USA’s leading scorer off the bench and averaged 20.2 minutes per game, more than two players who started all nine games for the Stars and Stripes.
After dropping two exhibition games to the U20 and U19 Lithuanian teams in which Hardaway averaged 11.5 points, the Americans began their nine-game, 11-day FIBA schedule against Egypt on June 30. Team USA came out shooting in its first game, dominating the Egyptian team, 115-60, as Hardaway chipped in seven points and four assists along the way.
In the second game of the first round, Hardaway hit a jumper with 48 seconds to go to boost Team USA to an 80-78, victory over Serbia to clinch the squad’s berth to the second round. He finished the game with 11 points and a team-high four assists. The United States finished the preliminary round with a perfect 3-0 record after an 82-66 victory over China. Hardaway chipped 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc. Hardaway had a pair of steals in the victory over the Chinese and finished the opening round with a 3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
The U.S. cruised past Canada, 83-54, in the first game of the second round; Hardaway scored three points and grabbed a pair of rebounds in the victory. Team USA then took on Lithuania in a rematch of a pre-tournament exhibition game. Despite surrendering a nine-point fourth quarter lead to send the game to an extra period, the Americans bested Lithuania in overtime, 107-105. Hardaway was one of five double-figure scorers for the Red, White and Blue as he had 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe.
In its final second-round game against Croatia, Team USA dropped an 87-85 decision, in which Hardaway scored nine points. The Americans finished pool play with a 5-1 overall record and advanced to the quarterfinals as the top seed from Group F.
Team USA faced Russia in its quarterfinal matchup but fell, 79-74, to the Russians, eliminating the Americans from medal contention. Hardaway finished with four points, three rebounds, and two assists in the quarterfinal contest.
Looking to end its two-game losing streak, Team USA dominated Poland in the classification round semifinal, 84-47. Hardaway scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds as the team improved to 6-2 overall in the tournament.
In their final contest, the Americans defeated the Australian squad, who, like the U.S. was the top seed from the second round before being upset in the quarterfinals. Team USA earned a 78-77 victory over Australia as Hardaway had his strongest game of the tournament. Hardaway joined Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut) as the only American players with a 20-plus point game in the tournament as he scored 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. Hardaway also drew the key assignment defensively on the final possession of the game, forcing a difficult missed shot by Australia to help the U.S. hang on for the win.
Despite finishing in fifth-place, Team USA’s 7-2 final record tied gold medalist Lithuania for the best record of the tournament.
GAME 9 (FIFTH-PLACE GAME) Team USA 78, Australia 77 (Sunday, July 10 | Riga, Latvia)
With a 78-77 victory over Australia, Team USA captured fifth place at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. In a battle of both group winners, Team USA, which closed tournament play 7-2, used a fourth-quarter surge to take the lead and hold on, countering any Australia offensive surge. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Americans with 21 points, going 8-for-16 from the field, with three long-range buckets and five rebounds.
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GAME 8 (CLASSIFICATION SEMIFINAL): Team USA 84, Poland 47 (Saturday, July 9 | Riga, Latvia)
Team USA snapped its two-game losing slide with a dominating 84-47 victory over Poland in the classification semifinal of the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. After battling throughout the first six minutes of the first quarter, Team USA took control of the game, holding Poland scoreless for a 12-minute span as the Americans used a 13-0 run to build a 15-point lead. With the double-figure lead, USA never looked back in the lopsided win to move on to the fifth-place game. All 12 USA players scored in the contest, led by Doug McDermont's (Creighton) 19. Tim Hardaway Jr. had seven points and a tournament-best four rebounds.
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GAME 7 (QUARTERFINAL): Russia 79, Team USA 74 (Friday, July 8 | Riga, Latvia)
Leading by one, 53-52, through three quarters, Team USA was unable to hold off hot-shooting Team Russia, falling, 79-74, in the FIBA U19 World Championship Quarterfinals. The Russians connected on 12-of-29 three-point attempts in the contest, while the Stars and Stripes were 0-of-9 from beyond the arc. Tim Hardaway Jr. played 22 minutes off the bench for the Americans, scoring four points, grabbing three rebounds and dishing out two assists. Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut) again led the way for Team USA offensively, scoring 21 points. With the loss, the Americans fall into the consolation semifinal round where they will take on Poland on Saturday, July 9. [ Recap | Box Score ]
GAME 6: Croatia 87, Team USA 85 (Wednesday, July 6 | Riga, Latvia)
Despite outscoring Team Croatia by seven points in the fourth quarter, Team USA was defeated, 87-85. The Americans headed into the final period down nine points, a deficit they could not overcome after falling behind in each of the first three periods. Team USA out-rebounded the Croatians, 40-30, but Team Croatia shot 35 percent from behind the arc, outdueling the Americans' 25 percent. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored nine points in the contest, while Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut) had another outstanding game, tallying 25 points and five rebounds to lead the team. The loss marks the first for Team USA in the 2011 FIBA World Championship. Their 5-1 overall record places them atop the Group F standings, advancing the squad to the quarterfinals on Friday to face the fourth-place team from Group E. [ Recap | Box Score ]
GAME 5: Team USA 107, Lithuania 105 OT (Tuesday, July 5 | Riga, Latvia)
In a rematch very different from the first meeting, Team USA defeated Team Lithuania in overtime, 107-105. After leading the entire game, the Americans surrendered a nine-point fourth-quarter advantage to send the game to an extra period, and then overcame an early six-point deficit in overtime to claim the victory. Despite being out-rebounded, 46-42, and outshot, 49 percent to 46 percent, the Americans pulled off the win behind five double-digit scoring efforts. Leading Team USA was Connecticut's Jeremy Lamb, who scored 35 points, including a field goal with two seconds left in overtime to break the tie. Joe Jackson (Memphis) also scored 19 points with six assists and five rebounds, while Tim Hardaway Jr. dropped 10 points and grabbed two boards. [ Recap | Box Score | Hardaway Video Highlight ]
GAME 4: Team USA 83, Canada 54 (Monday, July 4 | Riga, Latvia)
Team USA's winning streak continued Monday as the squad defeated Team Canada, 83-54, in the first game of the second round. The Americans dominated the matchup from the beginning, outscoring the Canadians in every quarter and outshooting them 49 percent to 36.2 percent. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored three points and grabbed two rebounds off the bench for Team USA, while James Bell (Villanova) added 16 points and eight rebounds. [ Recap | Box Score ]
The top four finishing teams from each second round pool advanced to the quarterfinal to form two groups of four teams.
GAME 3: Team USA 82, China 66 (Saturday, July 2 | Liepaja, Latvia)
After Team USA watched its 16-point halftime lead over China dwindle to just three heading into the fourth quarter, the squad regained composure and defeated the Chinese, 82-66. Team USA only outrebounded Team China, 39-38, but the Americans shot 35 percent from behind the arc, while the Chinese shot only seven percent. Tim Hardaway Jr. finished the game with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, along with adding two steals. Leading Team USA in scoring was Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut), who tallied 17 points and four steals. [ Recap | Box Score ]
GAME 2: Team USA 80, Serbia 78 (Friday, July 1 | Liepaja, Latvia)
Team USA defeated Serbia, 80-78, to clinch a berth to the second round of the FIBA World Championship. After giving up a seven-point halftime lead, the Americans and the Serbians battled back and forth in the fourth quarter until the game was ultimately decided by a Tim Hardaway Jr. field goal with 0:48 left. Hardaway finished with 11 points, four assists and two steals. Team USA was led in scoring by Memphis point guard Joe Jackson, who garnered 19 points in the victory. [ Recap | Box Score ]
GAME 1: Team USA 115, Egypt 60 (Thursday, June 30 | Liepaja, Latvia )
Team USA came out shooting in its first matchup of the 2011 FIBA World Championship, defeating Egypt, 115-60. The Americans led by 20 (25-5) after the first quarter and never looked back, posting 25, 32, and 33 points in the next three quarters, respectively. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored seven points and added four assists. Leading Team USA in scoring was Doug McDermott (Creighton), who compiled 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. Meyers Leonard (Illinois) also added 11 points and 11 boards, claiming Team USA's first double-double of the summer. [ Recap | Box Score ]
The top three finishing teams from each preliminary round pool advanced to the second round to form two groups of six teams.
EXHIBITION 2: Lithuania U19 108, Team USA 75 (Tuesday, June 28 | Vilnius, Lithuania)
In its final exhibition game before the 2011 FIBA Men's U19 World Championship, Team USA fell to the U19 Lithuanian team, 108-75. The Americans turned the ball over 21 times and failed to make a three-pointer, shooting only 35.6 percent overall from the field. The Lithuanian team made 37-of-46 tries from the free throw line to complement its 47.0 field goal percentage. Tim Hardaway Jr. was held to only five points -- all of which came from the free throw stripe -- and three rebounds. Leading Team USA in scoring was Doug McDermott (Creighton), who tallied 15 points to go along with his seven boards. [ Recap | Box Score ]
EXHIBITION 1: Lithuania U20 101, Team USA 72 (Sunday, June 26 | Panevëzys, Lithuania)
In the first exhibition game of international competition for the newly formed U19 Team USA squad, the Americans fell to Lithuania's U20 team, 101-72. Tim Hardaway Jr. led Team USA with 18 points -- 16 of which came in the second half -- on 7-of-18 shooting. The Wolverine guard also tallied four rebounds and three assists, which ranked second most on the team behind Memphis guard Joe Jackson's five. [ Recap | Boxscore ]