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10 Things You Should Know Heading Into The World Cup Round of 16

  • Date:
    Sep 5, 2014

Barcelona, Spain

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The U.S. Men’s National Team is in Barcelona, Spain, getting ready for its Round of 16 game Saturday against Mexico (10 a.m. ET, ESPN2), having gone 5-0 and capturing the top seed in Group C of the preliminary round.

With16 teams remaining as the “knockout round” gets underway, the USA is only four wins away from taking home the gold medal. Here are 10 things you should know going into the next round of the World Cup:

1. Here’s the complete schedule for this weekend’s games:

Saturday, Sept. 6

USA vs. Mexico

Barcelona, 10 a.m. ET

France vs. Croatia

Madrid, Noon ET

Dominican Republic vs. Slovenia

Barcelona, 2 p.m. ET

Spain vs. Senegal

Madrid, 4 p.m. ET

Sunday, Sept. 7

New Zealand vs. Lithuania

Barcelona, 10 a.m. ET

Serbia vs. Greece

Madrid, Noon ET

Turkey vs. Australia

Barcelona, 2 p.m. ET

Brazil vs. Argentina

Madrid, 4 p.m. ET

2. Only three teams made it through the preliminary round undefeated: USA, Spain and Greece.

3. Of the other 15 teams still alive, the USA has played five of them in the last month. They played exhibition games against Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Slovenia, while playing preliminary round games against Dominican Republic, New Zealand and Turkey.

4. If the USA defeats Mexico on Saturday, its next game will be a quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 9, against the winner of the Dominican Republic-Slovenia game.

5. The USA’s Kenneth Faried had a .791 field goal percentage in the preliminary round – best among all World Cup players.

6. The USA had the best scoring offense in pool play, averaging 102.2 points per game. That was 14 points per game better than the second-place team, Spain. The USA’s average margin of victory was 33.2 points, also tops among World Cup teams.

7. The USA’s last three opponents – Ukraine, Dominican Republic, New Zealand – each scored exactly 71 points.

8. Mexico’s leading scorer in the preliminary round was Gustavo Ayon, who averaged 15.8 points per game – same as the USA’s leading scorer, Anthony Davis.

9. Through preliminary round play, the World Cup leaders in points (Jose Barea, Puerto Rico), rebounds (Andray Blatche, Philippines), assists (Petteri Koponen, Finland) and blocked shots (Jonghyun Lee, Korea) all play for teams that did not advance to the Round of 16.

10. The USA’s 114-55 win over Finland to open 2014 World Cup play on Aug. 30 was the team’s second-largest margin of victory in World Cup/World Championship play. Here are the largest margins of victory for the USA in World Cup/World Championship competition:

79, USA 146, South Korea 67 (1990)

59, USA 114, Finland 55 (8/30/2014)

56, USA 132, Australia 77 (8/9/1994)

55, USA 121, Angola 66 (9/6/2010)

55, USA 132, China 77 (8/5/1994)

51, USA 132, Puerto Rico 83 (8/10/1994)

50, USA 110, Algeria 60 (8/29/2002)

50, USA 135, Philippines 85 (7/3/1974)

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