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1973 USA Men's World University Games Team

EIGHTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1973

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Moscow, Soviet Union August 16-24, 1973

Coming off the controversial silver medal finish at the 1972 Olympics, and a silver medal in the 1970 World University Games, the 1973 U.S. World University Games team was striving to return the USA to its golden ways.


1973 USA RESULTS (8-0)

USA 123 Great Britain 74
USA 120 Sweden 31
USA 140 Portugal 34
USA 137 France 43
USA 110 Czechoslovakia 59




USA   98 Cuba 76
USA   66 Brazil 60
USA   75 USSR 67
*The USA's preliminary round result versus Great Britain also carried over into quaterfinals pool play standings.

1973 WORLD UNIV. GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (8-0) 15. France (3-5)
2. Soviet Union (7-1) 16. Denmark (1-7)
3. Brazil (8-1) 17. Holland (5-3)
4. Canada (6-3) 18. Belgium (3-4)
5. Bulgaria (6-2) 19. Finland (4-3)
6. Cuba (5-3) 20. Sweden (2-6)
7. Yugoslavia (7-2) 21. Poland (5-3)
8. Czechoslovakia (4-4) 22. Greece (4-4)
9. Israel (5-3) 23. Portugal (3-4)
10. Japan (3-5) 24. Syria (1-6)
11. F. R. of Germany (5-4) 25. Iran (2-5)
12. Puerto Rico (3-6) 26. Peru (3-4)
13. Great Britain (4-5) 27. Liberia (1-6)
14. Mexico (4-5) 28. Sudan (0-7)

Coached by Ed Badger of Wilbur Wright College (Ill.), the USA team boasted some of the finest young talent in the world including 6'9' Alvin Adams (Oklahoma), 6'9' Marvin 'Bad News' Barnes (Providence), 6'3' Quinn Buckner (Indiana), 6'10' Mitch Kupchak (North Carolina), 6'8' Maurice Lucas (Marquette), and 6'4' David Thompson (North Carolina State).

Featuring a high octane offense that averaged 126.0 points a game in its first five games and finished the competition averaging 108.6 ppg., the USA limited its opponents to just 55.5 ppg.

The United States opened the '73 WUGs with a 123-74 thrashing of Great Britain as Branes tossed in 24 and Burleson added 14 rebounds. Burleson accounted for 24 points and 21 rebounds in the USA's 120-31 pounding of Sweden, then the following night, Burleson recorded 24 points and 14 rebounds as the Americans whipped Portugal 140-34.

Matched in quarterfinals pool play against France, Czechoslovakia and Great Britain, the USA was 1-0 in quarterfinals play without even playing a game by virtue of the team's preliminary round win over Great Britain which carried over into the quarterfinals standings. Behind 27 points from Barnes, the USA easily handled France 137-43, then, facing 4-0 Czechoslovakia, Barned posted 19 points and 19 rebounds as the U.S. cruised to a convincing 110-59 victory.

Advancing to the medal round, Thompson erupted for 34 points as the Americans rolled over Cuba 98-76. Facing 7-0 Brazil in the semifinals, Thomspon scored 17 points and Lucas snagged 17 rebounds as the U.S. slipped past Brazil 66-60.

The Americans faced the unbeaten host country Soviet Union in the finals, and despite playing in front of a partisan Soviet crowd estimated at 14,800, Thompson finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds to help lead the USA to a 75-67 victory and the gold medal.

Capturing its first gold medal since the 1967 Games, the USA finished with a perfect 9-0 record, while the Soviets earned the silver, and Brazil captured the bronze after slipping past Canada 80-79.

 

1973 USA MEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Alvan Adams
F
6-9
225
19
Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK
Gus Bailey
G
6-5
190
22
Texas-El Paso Jacksonville, AL
Marvin Barnes
F
6-9
215
20
Providence Coll. Providence, RI
Willie Biles
G
6-3
175
20
Tulsa Memphis, TN
Quinn Buckner
F
6-3
205
17
Indiana Dolton, IN
Tom Burleson
C
7-3
230
20
North Carolina State Newland, NC
Mitch Kupchak
C
6-9
235
19
North Carolina Brentwood, NY
Maurice Lucas
F
6-9
210
20
Marquette Pittsburgh, PA
Kevin Stacom
F
6-4
185
21
Providence Coll. Elmart, NY
David Thompson
G
6-4
200
19
North Carolina State Shelby, NC
Wally Walker
F
6-6
195
19
Virginia Millersville, PA
Melvin Weldon
G
6-1
170
19
Mercer County J.C. Jersey City, NJ
HEAD COACH: Ed Badger, Wilbur Wright Junior College (IL)
ASSISTANT COACH: Norm Sloan, North Carolina State University
MANAGER: Duane Woltzen, Lakeland College (WI)
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Herman Bunch, North Carolina State University

1973 USA MEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-FGA PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
David Thompson 8 79-  
10- 14
.714
42/ 5.3
168/ 21.0
13
Marvin Barnes 8 59-  
14- 20
.700
78/ 9.8
132/ 16.5
20
Tom Burleson 8 52-  
4- 6
.667
76/ 9.5
108/ 13.5
11
Quinn Buckner 8 44-  
16- 22
.727
28/ 3.5
104/ 13.0
25
Maurice Lucas 8 43-  
14- 22
.636
60/ 7.5
100/ 12.5
19
Kevin Stacom 8 35-  
1- 2
.500
17/ 2.1
71/ 8.9
11
Alvan Adams 7 22-  
4- 6
.667
19/ 2.7
48/ 6.9
8
Gus Bailey 8 19-  
7- 8
.875
8/ 1.0
45/ 5.6
7
Wally Walker 7 21-  
2- 2
1.000
24/ 3.4
44/ 6.3
7
Melvin Weldon 7 12-  
7- 12
.583
6/ 0.9
31/ 4.4
7
Mitch Kupchak 5 8-  
2- 4
.500
13/ 2.6
18/ 3.6
2
USA TOTALS *8 394-
81-118
.686
371/46.3
869/108.6
130
OPP. TOTALS 8




444/ 55.5

 

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