The World University Games, which began in its current format in Turin, Italy in 1959, open on July 6 with the event's opening ceremonies. The basketball competition takes place July 7-16.
The Australians face the Czech Republic on July 7, Sweden on July 8, Canada on July 10, the United States on July 11 and the United Arab Emirates on July 11 at 11 p.m. The game against the USA will be televised on a delayed basis at 4 p.m. on the same day by ESPNU and will be streamed live on ESPN3. (www.watchespn.com).
The Emerging Boomers are coming off a convincing championship victory at the Stankovic Cup in China. The Aussies defeated Argentina, China, Puerto Rico, Germany and Nigeria in six days as a tuneup to the Games.
In the five games, Steindl averaged 8.5 points and 1.5 rebounds, while Young averaged 7.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
The World University Games feature student athletes aged 17-28 and is second only to the Olympic Games in terms of number of participating athletes and countries represented. FISU (International Federation of University Sport) is the international governing body of the Universiades.