Luke Hancock is shooting the ball for Team USA in Russia as accurately as Hancock shot at the NCAA Final Four.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – I need assistance from my international readers:
How do you say "on fire," in Russian? Or Czech? Or any other language that figures to be used at the World University Games in Russia?
The language and venue might change. But Luke Hancock's sizzling shooting stroke remains as hot today as it was when the University of Louisville won the NCAA championship last April in Atlanta.
Hancock made 5 of 10 three-pointers on Monday as the U.S. team moved to 2-0 in the World University games by dusting the Czech Republic, 96-53, in pool play. The entire Czech team made only four three-pointers. Hancock finished with 15 points, second on the team to Doug McDermott of Creighton, who had 23.
Let's bring out the calculator.
Here are Hancock's three-point shooting numbers over his last five games.
July 8 – Czech Republic 5 for 10.
July 7 – United Arab Emirates 3 for 8.
April 8 – Michigan 5 for 5.
April 6 – Wichita State 3 for 5.
March 31 – Duke 1 for 2.
Total – 17 for 30 for 56.7 percent.
In his post-game remarks (provided by USA Basketball), Hancock talked about defense and what the American team needs to do to return home with a gold medal:
"I think we did play better defensively," Hancock said. "We had a nice wake-up call (losing to Russia in a scrimmage), and now we're on a roll. Everybody's playing hard, and everybody is playing better offensively and defensively, getting on the same page.
"Coach talked about us trusting each other a little more on offense and defense to make the rotation, be there and have each other's backs.
"All we need to do is keep improving, getting better every game and we're going to be fine. We've got to get through these next three games and we want to be at the top. We want to go 5-0 in pool play and set ourselves up for a great finish. That's our goal, to win three more, now we have to get it done."
*Indiana's two representatives on the U.S. team also performed well on Monday. Yogi Ferrell came off the bench to score seven points with four assists and a single turnover in 19 minutes. Ferrell made one of his three attempts from the three-point line.
Will Sheehey made both of his three-pointers, finishing with 10 points, four rebounds and four assists in 16 minutes. Ferrell and Sheehey led the Americans in assists.