Preview >> USA vs. Argentina
Aug. 31, 2:00 a.m., NBA TV
*All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time
In the FIBA Americas Championship 2007: Argentina advanced to second-round action as Pool A's No. 1 seed and now has a 6-0 mark in the second-round standings. The team openened the Olympic Qualifier with a 90-69 win over Uruguay, followed by wins over Puerto Rico (87-75) and Mexico (104-83) before concluding preliminary round play with a 109-92 overtime win against Panama. In the second round, Argentina has beaten Venezuela (98-63), Canada 85-70 and Brazil in overtime 86-79. Luis Scola is averaging 17.9 ppg. and 8.0 rpg., and Carlos Delfino adds 15.7 ppg. and 7.6 rpg. Paolo Quinteros and Roman Gonzalez are also in double digits, with 13.6 pp. and 11.1 ppg., respectively, and Pable Prigioni dishes 7.6 apg.
Aug. 23: Argentina 90, Uruguay 69 Story Stats
Aug. 24: Argentina 87, Puerto Rico 75 Story Stats
Aug. 25: Argentina 104, Mexico 83 Story Stats
Aug. 26: Argentina 109, Panama 92 (OT) Story Stats
A Little History: The USA has recorded more wins against Argentina in Olympic qualifying action than any other opponent, wrapping up a 5-0 record that includes a 106-73 victory in the 2003 gold medal game. The USA also beat Argentina 94-86 in 2003, 88-59 and 103-72 in 1999 and 128-87 in 1992. Argentina's best FIBA Americas Championship finishes came in 1995 and 2003, when it took home silver. The team earned bronze 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
Do you expect the Argentina will be the best competition for us so far?
Yeah, they are the most consistent team in my opinion. You know, Brazil is very talented, but they are up and down. And with Argentina, they just have such a great philosophy of how to play the game, and their system is embedded with their guys. You know, it's funny, they're missing some of their top players, but these guys are just as good, and all of them play professionally overseas, in Italy and Russia. And they've got a couple of NBA players with Delfino and Scola, so they're a very talented team.
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