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USA U19 Team off to 3-0 start while Pitt guard James Robinson struggles with shot

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As expected, the USA U19 basketball team has dominated play in the FIBA World Championships against other countries and is off to a 3-0 start. The team has won by an average of 61 points per contest and in their last game, crushed Russia 115-47. The Americans' closest game? A 113-57 nailbiter at the hands of China.

Robinson scored five points and had four steals against Russia, but has been struggling badly with his shot. Don't take that as a true indication of how he will fare in the Big East ACC this season, but it's something I'll be charting. The guard is only 3-11 from the field (27%) in the games and that along with his three points per game are both the worst on the team.

As we covered last year a couple of times, Robinson did not shoot well. And while Pitt can potentially get by without much offense from him, the team would be much better off if defenders had to respect his jump shot.

Robinson isn't starting, but as is standard in these games, he's playing quite a bit, getting 16 minutes a game. One good thing about his game is that he's dishing out assists and not turning the ball over. He's at a pace of nearly 3:1 and his eight assists and six steals are second on the team.

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