Preview >> USA vs. Argentina
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In the FIBA Americas Championship 2007: Argentina topped Brazil 91-80 in the semifinals Saturday to secure its berth in the 2008 Olympics, after wrapping up a 3-1 tally in second-round action and earning Pool A's No. 1 seed with a 4-0 mark in the preliminary round. Argentina 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 earned victories over Venezuela (98-63), Canada 85-70 and Brazil (in overtime) 86-79 before losing to the USA 91-76. Luis Scola is averaging 19.1 ppg. to lead his team.
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
Aug. 27: Argentina 98, Venezuela 63 Story Stats
Aug. 28: Argentina 85, Canada 70 Story Stats
Aug. 29: Argentina 86, Brazil 79 (OT) Story Stats
Director of International Player Personnel
We played Argentina just a few days ago. Have they changed much?
I think they haven't changed much. Their system and their philosophy is always the same because that's the way these guys play growing up in Argentina. They understand how to play the game of basketball, and its a beautiful way to play the game. I think their confidence level is even up more against us...I think they're going to play very loose, very relaxed, and when you play that way, your shots start going in. They have nothing to lose.
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