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HOUSTON -- There were no bumps on this road to Rio. .Next up for the U.S. Olympic mens basketball team is the trip to Brazil, where the Americans think they can play even better now that theyre done having to go place to place.As a team, I think youre going to see a much different team over there, Carmelo Anthony said.Anthony scored 19 points and the U.S. wrapped up its unbeaten exhibition tour with a 110-66 victory over Nigeria on Monday night.The Americans werent quite as potent this time but were dominant defensively after pouring on the points in a record-setting romp over the Nigerians four years ago. They forced the African champions to miss their first 22 3-point shots and held them to 4 for 29 behind the arc.Klay Thompson had 17 points and Kevin Durant added 14 for the U.S., which went 5-0 and wasnt tested during its easy five-city, pre-Olympic schedule. The U.S. men and women -- who arrived in Houston earlier Monday and attended the game -- are scheduled to fly Tuesday night to Rio de Janeiro, where both will be favored to repeat as Olympic basketball champions.We leave tomorrow night and then its off, hopefully, to a gold medal, U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said.The mens team will have to wait until it gets there for a close game -- if one comes at all. The Americans previously defeated Argentina, China twice and Venezuela by an average of 42.8 points, scoring 101 per game. They play the Chinese again to open Olympic play on Aug. 6 and also meet Venezuela again.This one was only close for a few minutes, perhaps a little longer than the Americans 156-73 victory in the 2012 Olympics, when Anthony set U.S. records by scoring 37 points and going 10 for 12 from 3-point range in just 14 minutes. He was 0 for 6 beyond the arc this time but scored nine points in the third quarter, when the lead ballooned to 43 points.The Americans rang up the most points ever scored in an Olympic game in the London contest, but Nigeria started better this time. Ben Uzoh brought the players on the Nigerian bench to their feet with a dunk over DeAndre Jordan in the first quarter, but the Americans gradually pulled away late in the period and kept increasing the lead from there.DeMar DeRozan had a few powerful dunks and Kyle Lowry and Jordan hooked up on a spectacular one, as Lowry threw an alley-oop pass from beyond halfcourt that Jordan slammed down.Were a talented team, its about just finding a rhythm, DeRozan said. We find rhythms later in the first quarter, in the second quarter. Now its about just starting from the gate.Chamberlain Oguchi finally got Nigerias first 3-pointer with a little under 4 minutes remaining. He added three more from there and finished with 21 points.Its hard because theyre so good in transition. It seemed like all of those 3-point misses kind of led to their leak outs and as we know when they can get into an open court they kind of feed off of that, Nigeria coach Will Voigt said.The U.S. played without starting point guard Kyrie Irving, who rested a bruised left thigh he sustained when he was bumped on a pick in the Americans victory over Venezuela on Friday in Chicago. Also, Indianas Paul George missed a second game with a left calf injury.Krzyzewski said both were expected to be fine for the Olympic opener.Lowry started for Irving and finished with eight points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. DeRozan, his Toronto teammate, scored 13 points.---Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: . Traditional contenders Brazil, Greece and Turkey drew the other three spots to complete the 24-team field for this summers tournament in Spain, basketball governing body FIBA announced Saturday at its meeting in Barcelona. . Louis Blues. Shane Hnidy joins Brian Munz for the broadcast on TSN 1290 Radio at 7pm ct. . Roman Josi had a goal and an assist to lead the Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night. MADISON, Wis. -- A fourth-quarter flourish erased memories of a jittery first half for No. 5 Wisconsin against Minnesota.The latest installment of the most-played rivalry in major college football ended with a familiar scene: the Badgers triumphantly holding up Paul Bunyans Axe.Corey Clement ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and a big-play defense pitched a second-half shutout in a 31-17 win over the Golden Gophers to keep the trophy for a 13th straight season.Wisconsin (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten, No. 6 CFP) turned in a stalwart defensive effort in the second half after getting outplayed early and falling behind by 10 points at halftime.In the fourth quarter we just kind of just locked in, cornerback Sojourn Shelton said after the ceremonial chopping down of the goal posts with the axe. You know what, no more. The rest speaks for itself.The comeback served as the exclamation point for an already big weekend. The Badgers wrapped up the Big Ten West and a trip to next weeks league title game after Nebraska lost to Iowa on Friday night.The Badgers will face Penn State in Indianapolis.Tomorrow well push the reset button and get ready to play Penn State, coach Paul Chryst said. This team has done a great job of playing in the moment.Mitch Leidner threw four interceptions in the second half for Minnesota (8-4, 5-4). The protection around him crumbled as the Badgers mixed up their defensive pressures.Im pretty (angry.) I dont know how else to describe it, Leidner said. He finished 9 of 26 for 158 yards with a touchdown.On offense, Wisconsins running game finally caught up in the fourth quarter.Jazz Peavy went 71 yards on a jet sweep down the right sideline to the Minnesota 11. Two plays later, Clement bowled into the end zone from 2 yards to give Wisconsin the lead for good, 24-17, with 6:42 left.Certainly the takeaways were huge, and the ability of our offense to finish in the second half, Chryst said.It was the 126th meeting in a series that dates to 1890.THE TAKEAWAYMinnesota: The rough fourth quarter overshadowed a terrific first half for Minnesota. Leidner threw off the Badgers active defense early with keepers around the edges, including his scoring run late in the first half. Leidner also had 46 yards rushing on 16 carries.But the interceptionns shifted momentum. Most of the time he was trying to do too much, coach Tracy Claeys said about Leidners picks.A five-win season in the Big Ten, even with a softer schedule, is a confidence builder for the future. But the Gophers still cant catch up to their biggest measuring stick.Wisconsin: The Badgers had perhaps their worst first half of the season, with Minnesota following Wisconsins blueprint for success. The defense missed key tackles, and the running game couldnt get going. Left-handed starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook departed after taking a shot to his right shoulder following an incompletion near the sideline late in the second quarter. Hornibrook then fell to the turf, with the back of his helmet slamming hard into the ground.Chryst had no update on Hornibrook after the game. Backup quarterback Bart Houston played the entire second half and finished 9 of 14 for 123 yards.POLL IMPLICATIONSWith No. 3 Michigan losing in double overtime to No. 2 Ohio State, Wisconsin could move up a spot or two in the next poll.TURNING POINTShelton, a four-year starter playing in his last home game, had two interceptions. The senior had an entertaining 40-yard, across-the-field return to the Minnesota 19 after his first interception with about 13 minutes left.Shelton said he guessed that Minnesota would run a comeback route.I just took a risk and went for it, Shelton said.Clement scored his first touchdown of the game three plays later to tie it at 17.CATCHING ONFor Minnesota, Drew Wolitarsky had four catches for 76 yards, including a 35-yard reception after tipping the ball to himself and advancing to the Wisconsin 22 late it the second quarter. It set up Leidners 3-yard touchdown run with 53 seconds left for a 17-7 halftime lead.UP NEXT:Minnesota: Awaits its bowl destination. The Gophers will play in its fifth consecutive bowl game, tied for longest streak in program history.Wisconsin: Plays No. 7 Penn State in the Big Ten championship game Dec. 3 in Indianapolis.---More AP college football: and Genaro Armas at: Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Hockey Jerseys China Nike Baseball Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys China Cheap Football JerseysWholesale Jerseys Canada Wholesale NHL Jerseys Canada Wholesale Nike MLB Jerseys Canada Cheap NBA Jerseys Authentic Canada Stitched Soccer Jerseys CanadaCheap Jerseys Canada NFL ' ' '