USA Basketball routs Argentina, heads into quarterfinals to face Australia

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USA Basketball routs Argentina, heads into quarterfinals to face Australia

The US men’s team beat Argentina 126-97 in the final game of pool play. They take first in their group and move on to the “knockout stage” where they will play Australia. The game was tight at the half with the US up by 1 point. But they exploded in the third quarter to outscore Argentina 42-17, the highest point total at the end of a quarter for the US in the tournament. There were many stark differences from the game versus Lithuania to today’s game against the Argentines. The three point attempts were the same with the US taking 39 three point attempt from 33 the last game, but their three point shot was sizzling tonight making 20 buckets (51.2 pct). The Americans also shared the ball more in this game marking up 29 assists on 45 field goals made. They more than doubled their assist total from the Lithuania game (13).

In the US’ group play which included Argentina, France, Lithuania, Tunisia and Nigeria, the US finished first, followed by France with a record of 4 wins, 1 loss and Argentina in third with 3 wins and 2 losses. Brazil won Group B on a tiebreaker with Russia because both had records of 4 wins and 1 loss. Spain finished 3rd in the pool with a record of 3-2. The quarterfinal settings are as follows (as per USA Basketball website):

–USA (Group A1) vs. Australia (Group B4)             10:15 pm

–Brazil (Group B1) vs. Argentina (Group A3)          8:00 pm

Russia (Group B1) vs. Lithuania (Group A4)  2:00 pm

France (Group A2) vs. Spain (Group B3)  4:15 pm

The semifinal schedule, listed on the USA basketball website is as follows. The game times will be determined after the quarterfinals but there will be one early game (5 pm) and one late game (9 pm).


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