Preview >> USA vs. Mexico
Aug. 28, 12:00 p.m., NBA TV
*All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time
In the FIBA Americas Championship 2007: Mexico is Pool A's No. 4 seed with an overall 1-3 record and a second round standings record of 1-2. (Results from games against the fifth-place finishing teams do not carry over into second round standings). Mexico opened the 2007 qualifier with a 100-89 upset of Puerto Rico, followed by losses to Panama (95-90), Argentina (104-83) and Uruguay (91-82).
Aug. 24: Panama 95, Mexico 90 Story Stats
Aug. 25: Argentina 104, Mexico 83 Story Stats
Aug. 26: Uruguay 91, Mexico 82 StoryStats
A Little History: The USA played Mexico for the first time in an Olympic qualifier in 2003, recording a 96-69 win behind a 16 point effort from Tim Duncan. Mexico also participated in the 1992 FIBA Americas Championship, tying for sixth place.
The Scoop: Before every game, USABasketball.com talks with Tony Ronzone, the teamï¿½s 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.
Director of International Player Personnel
What do you know about Mexico?
First of all with Nolan Richardson coaching them, they're going to be very up tempo...they play multiple defenses, which causes a lot of havoc, and that's why they've been pretty succesful. He's got the whole team believing that they are good, which is a big advantage. And then they got a kid named Romo Beck, who's just playing real, real solid. He played at UNLV here. He played college ball here. Kind of reminds me of Kevin Martin of the Sacramento Kings--a real creator, not a good 3-point shooter, scrappy with the ball, spins, turns, so we've got to really watch him...
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