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Monday / July 22.
  • JAMAL MURRAYBy JOSH NEWMAN

    We now know Jamal Murray isn’t going to be intimidated playing against older players with the Canadian National Team.

    The 6-foot-5 Kentucky-bound point guard more than held his own on Tuesday evening, scoring 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting in 21 minutes off the bench in his National Team debut as Canada registered a 105-88 win over the Dominican Republic in the Pan American Games opener for both.

    Another highly-touted young Canadian, Oregon sophomore star Dillon Brooks, finished with two points in seven minutes of action.

    “I play with older guys all of the time,” Murray said in a release from Canada Basketball. “It’s more physical, but once you run up the court a couple times, you get a good feel for the game.”

    "NEW ORLEANS, LA -  APRIL 10, 2015 -  The 2015 Under Armour Association Grassroots Tournament at the Alario Center in New Orleans Louisiana. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour)   "

    Trevon Duval will highlight a series of showcase games Wednesday at Burlington City High School. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) 

    When the third and final live period tips off on Wednesday, New Jersey will host the 2nd Annual Battle of the Borders event at Burlington City High School.

    The event begins with several showcase games on Wednesday featuring Trevon Duval, Markelle Fultz and Mohamed Bamba, and will conclude with a tournament Thursday-Friday at Life Center Academy.

    Duval, who recently added an Arizona offer to offers from Villanova, Syracuse and others, and his We R1 teammates will then fly to Las Vegas on Wednesday night to play in the Fab 48 out there.

    “We are extremely excited about being able to bring such great programs together and give kids the opportunity to gain exposure,” said event director Terrence Winters.

    Doors open at 4:30 PM
    Schedule:
    (17s) PSA Cardinals vs. WeR1 @ 5pm
    (16s) PSA Cardinals vs. WeR1 @ 6:20pm
    (17s) DC Blue Devils vs. WeR1 @ 7:40pm

    Mike BreyBy JOSH NEWMAN

    Last season, the ACC sent six teams to the NCAA Tournament, five of which went to the Sweet 16 before Duke won the national championship. The six teams’ combined NCAA Tournament winning percentage of .773 was tops among all conferences last season.

    With that to follow up on, at least one ACC head coach believes 2015-16 can be an even better year for the league.

    “I do think this year, I have the feel that I had those last couple years in the Big East where we had eight or nine NCAA Tournament teams and that kind of depth,” Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey told SNY.tv on the 4 Quarters Podcast Tuesday afternoon. “That last couple years of the Big East was off the charts and then we had that one year (2011) where we got 11 bids.

    “I think this is the year we’re gonna be in position to get half our league in, eight bids. I really believe that.”

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