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Cougs faring well in the FIBA World Cup

It's Klay Thompson vs. Thomas Abercrombie on Tuesday.

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If you like international basketball, you've probably been enjoying the FIBA World Cup. It may not be to the level of the Olympics, but outside of that, it's the best international basketball you'll find. I thoroughly enjoy international basketball and the Washington State Cougars so the FIBA World Cup has been great.

I haven't counted the numbers for every program, but WSU might be the most represented college team in the competition. Klay Thompson is playing well for the United States. Aron Baynes is leading Australia in scoring with Brock Motum also contributing. Thomas Abercrombie is coming off a 22-point effort for New Zealand. That gives WSU four representatives and all four will be in action on Wednesday.

Thompson and the United States will take on Abercrombie and New Zealand at 8:30 a.m. PT. Thompson and Abercrombie will likely match up on at least one occasion during the game. The two were never at WSU at the same time with Abercrombie spending 2006-2008 in Pullman before Thompson arrived in 2009. You can watch the game on ESPN2.

Baynes and Motum will play Lithuania in a game that will also tip at 8:30 a.m. Baynes is averaging 17 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, both totals lead Australia. Motum is averaging 8.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per. A win would go a long way to helping Australia advance from Group D. If they do, they could match up with Thompson and the United States in the Round of 16.


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