Preview >> USA vs. Uruguay
TV: Aug. 29, 11:00 p.m., ESPN2 and ESPN360
Aug. 30, 1:00 a.m., NBA TV
*All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time
In the FIBA Americas Championship 2007: Uruguay advanced to second-round action as Pool A's No. 2 seed and now has a 2-3 mark in the second-round standings. The team openened the Olympic Qualifier with an 88-84 overtime win over Panama, followed by a 90-69 loss to Argentina, a 82-79 victory over Puerto Rico and a 91-82 win against Mexico to conclude preliminary play. In the second round, Uruguay lost to Canada 95-88 and then to Venezuela 88-79. Esteban Batista leads the squad, averaging 21.5 ppg. and 14.0 rpg., followed by Nicolas Mazzarino with 19.0 ppg. and 3.2 apg.
Aug. 22: Uruguay 88, Panama 84 (OT) Story Stats
Aug. 23: Argentina 90, Uruguay 69 Story Stats
Aug. 25: Uruguay 82, Puerto Rico 79 Story Stats
Aug. 26: Uruguay 91, Mexico 82 StoryStats
Aug. 27: Canada 95, Uruguay 88 Story Stats
Aug. 28: Venezuela 88, Uruguay 79 Story Stats
A Little History: The USA has met Uruguay just once in Olympic qualifying action, having captured a 118-72 win in 1999. Uruguay's highest FIBA Americas Championship finish came in 1995, when it finished sixth. Uruguay also finished tied for ninth in 2003, eighth in 1999 and tied for sixth in 1992.
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 should we expect from Uruguay?
One is that they will play very hard, and that this is a respect game for them. They want to try to make a statement. They probably looked at Mexico, they played pretty well against us, and so their whole goal is to come and just play hard against us. You know the big player that wants to do really well against us is Batista. Played in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks for two years, he's looking for another contract right now. He's put up a lot of big numbers in the tournament. He had 20 rebounds today, so we going to look for him to be really aggressive...
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