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Team USA’s convincing 86-65 win over Italy in the quarterfinals of the FIBA U19 World Championships today was anything but a ho-hum experience for Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller.
Miller was given a technical foul in the waning minutes of the game played at Heraklion, Greece. The last technical foul Miller was called for was in the infamous “He touched the ball” game against UCLA in the 2013 Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas.
Incoming Arizona freshman guard Allonzo Trier did not play against Italy because of a right ankle injury suffered when an Argentina player landed on the ankle in a game Wednesday. According to Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn, who is at the tournament, Trier should return for Saturday’s semifinal game against Greece or Spain.
Arizona’s trainer Justin Kokoskie is tending to Team USA in Greece.
Trier, who is averaging 11.3 points while shooting an uncharacteristic 25 percent from three-point range in Greece, sat at the end of the American bench during the game wearing his warmup shirt.
Villanova-bound guard Jalen Brunson led Team USA with 17 points and five assists against Italy. Purdue recruit Caleb Swanigan added 12 rebounds.
The United States shot 54 percent from the field while holding Italy to 34 percent. They also grabbed 47 rebounds compared to 28 for Italy while scoring 46 points in the paint to Italy’s 24. The Americans also took advantage of their depth with 41 bench points while the Italian reserves tallied 18 points.
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US up by 20 points but Miller is unrelenting and not content to sit and just watch. That's what sets him apart from others. #ArizonaWildcats