2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
Before every game, USABasketball.com talks with Tony Ronzone, the team�s Director of International Player Personnel, so you know what to expect from the USA's opponents. Feel priveledged, Ronzone is one of the men Coach K and team USA count on to break

Preview >> USA vs. Brazil

Las Vegas, Nev.
 

USA (3-0
)
Brazil (3-0)

TV: Aug. 26, 9:00 p.m., ESPN2 and ESPN360
Aug. 27, 2:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., NBA TV
*All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time

In the FIBA Americas Championship 2007: Brazil is so far undefeated in the FIBA Americas Championship 2007, topping Canada 75-67, handling Venezuela 101-75 and surviving the U.S. Virgin Islands 93-89.

Aug. 22: Brazil 75, Canada 67 Story Stats
Aug. 24: Brazil 101, Venezuela 75 Story Stats
Aug. 25: Brazil 93, Virgin Islands 89 Story Stats

A Little History: The USA concludes preliminary round play Sunday facing medal favorite Brazil in a 6:00 p.m. (PDT) game. The two teams have met twice in Olympic qualifying competition, with the USA winning in both contests. Most recently, claiming a 110-76 win in 2003, the USA also earned a 90-73 victory in 1999.

The Scoop: Before every game, USABasketball.com talks with Tony Ronzone, the team�s Director of International Player Personnel, so you know what to expect from the USA's opponents. Feel priveledged, Ronzone is one of the men Coach K and team USA count on to break down the competition.

Chauncey BillupsTony Ronzone
Director of International Player Personnel

Do you expect Brazil to be the the toughest opponent the USA has faced so far?
Oh there's no question. They're the best team in the tournament with us in my opinion. They've got NBA players with a lot of experience. They've also got international players with a lot of experience, with Giovannoni. They also play very well as a team, and they also have four bigs...So they're a team that can foul us a lot, and they can use their bench. Most of these teams are seven or eight deep, they can actually go 10 or 11 deep. They have a rotation, so they'll be there, and they're going to use it against us.

Can you talk about some of their strengths as a team?
One of their main strengths is Leandro Barbosa. He scores high volumes in our NBA, and he's going to come out in this tournament. He's been doing it every game. He takes a lot of shots. One game he had 26 shots, and he's going to take a lot of shots against us. He's going to try and prove himself, make some plays, and he's going to score some points...