Preview >> USA vs. Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico (3-4)
Sept. 2, 1:00 a.m., NBA TV
*All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time
Aug. 22: Mexico 100, Puerto Rico 89 Story Stats
Aug. 23: Puerto Rico 108, Panama 67 Story Stats
Aug. 24: Argentina 87, Puerto Rico 75 Story Stats
Aug. 25: Uruguay 82, Puerto Rico 79 Story Stats
Aug. 27: Puerto Rico 97, Brazil 75 Story Stats
A Little History: The USA is 5-0 all-time against Puerto Rico in Olympic qualifying action, including a 117-78 win in the second round of this year's competition. The USA also topped Puerto Rico in the 2003 semifinals (87-71) and second round (91-65), the 1999 qualifier (115-76) and in 1992 (119-81). Puerto Rico captured Olympic qualifying gold in 1995, a competition the USA did not participate in, and bronze in 2003, when the USA took home gold.
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
The last time we talked about Puerto Rico, you said they were pretty inconsistent. What do you see out of them now?
They've come together as a group, and they're starting to become like a family now. They've known eachother a long time. They were playing very individualitstic and very selfish, and now they're playing together as a team. They're gaining confidence, the staff, the players, are more excited. They're sharing the basketball. They've become a lot more dangerous now.
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