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Saturday Quickies: Let’s Ball (In Egypt) Edition

Some Wildcats (and Cal) get ready for the FIBA U19 World Cup and more in today’s quickies.

USA Basketball

Good Saturday morning, BBN. Today, John Calipari coaches his first real game as the Team USA U19 head basketball coach today. He’s got P.J. Washington and Hamidou Diallo on the team; they’ll take on Iran in preliminary play this morning at 11:15 ET. Tai Wynyard and New Zealand started their matchup with Korea at 7 this morning.

Best of luck to the Cats in international play over in Egypt.

Tweet of the day

It looks hot over there.

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