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USA vs. Uruguay - Things To Know

  • Date:
    Sep 14, 2018



Here are the things to know about Friday's USA-Uruguay FIBA World Cup Qualifying matchup in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Opening the first window of second-round play, the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team carries a 5-1 record into its Sept. 14 game versus 4-2 Uruguay.  Scheduled to tip at 10 p.m. (EDT), the game will be broadcast on ESPN+ with David Resnick handling the play-by-play and P.J. Carlesimo doing the color.

The USA starts second round play with a home game on Sept. 14 at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The USA closes out the September window on Monday with a road game against Panama in Panama City, Panama.

Coach Van Gundy's Overview of the USA-Uruguay Game:
“It’s going to be like a FIBA national team game against the U.S. It’s going to be physical, it’s going to be fierce, and it’s going to be hard. We have to be prepared for how competitive it is going to be and I think these guys have done a good job getting themselves ready but now it’s time to perform against a terrific opponent.”


Coach Van Gundy’s Keys To The USA-Uruguay Game:

“I would say for us it always starts with us with three things - defense, rebounding and then being able to take our defense and rebounding and turn it into transition points.” 


Coach Van Gundy On What He Likes About This USA Team:
“I like a lot of things but most of all I like the togetherness and the commitment they’ve made to this whole process. I think we can’t overlook that it is two weeks before NBA training camps and to come and be involved in this event that is really unknown to many people but so important  to USA Basketball. So I would say their commitment and togetherness have stood out.”


Summing Up Uruguay

Uruguay advanced into the second round after finishing 4-2 in Group A first-round play. Uruguay won its first three first-round games, including an 88-83 win over Argentina, but lost two of its last three first round games.  


Uruguay's Group A First Round Results

Uruguay 86, Panama 73

Uruguay 67, Paraguay 49

Uruguay 88, Argentina 83

Panama 86, Uruguay 75

Uruguay 58, Paraguay 49

Argentina 102, Uruguay 58


Las Vegas Facts 
Las Vegas, which claims to be “The Entertainment Capital of the World,” has an estimated population of almost 650,000 and a regional population of 2,50,000.

Since 2006, USA Basketball Men’s National Team has called Las Vegas home for various training camps and exhibition games. The USA National Team last played in Las Vegas on July 22, 2016, and defeated Argentina 111-74 in an exhibition game held prior to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

USA-Uruguay History
USA Basketball teams are 25-2 all-time versus Uruguay in international play at all levels. The United States posted an impressive 74-66 victory over Uruguay in their most recent meeting that came Aug. 29, 2017, in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 2017 AmeriCup play. Uruguay’s last win versus the USA was an 82-80 victory that was recorded Oct. 29, 2011, at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The U.S. is 6-0 versus Uruguay in Olympic games, last meeting in 1984; is 3-0 in World Cup games, last meeting in 1970; and 5-0 in FIBA Americas Championships contests.


Van Gundy Looks To Continue Winning Form
Jeff Van Gundy, who serves as an NBA color commentator for ESPN when he’s not on the USA sideline, is now 10-1 as a USA head coach. From Aug. 25-Sept. 3, 2017, Van Gundy served as the head coach for the gold-medal winning USA AmeriCup Team, which defeated Argentina 81-76 in Cordoba, Argentina, on Sept. 3, with a furious second-half comeback. He also was head coach of the November 2017, February 2018 and June/July 2018 USA World Cup Qualifying teams that compiled a 5-1 record.


Next Up- USA vs. Panama in Panama City, Panama
The USA will close out the September window with a road game versus Panama in Panama City on Monday, Sept. 17. The two teams last met in the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and the U.S. recorded a one-sided 118-26 victory.  On the national team side, the most recent meeting saw the USA defeat Panama 97-56 in 2017 AmeriCup action.


Recapping The USA's World Cup Qualifying First-Round 
In the first World Cup Qualifying competition window, held Nov. 23-27, the U.S. played its first Americas Zone Group C game Thanksgiving evening and defeated Puerto Rico 85-78 at the University of Central Florida’s CFE Arena in Orlando. The U.S. then closed out the first window with a convincing 91-55 victory over Mexico on Nov. 26 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Window two saw the U.S. play a pair of home games in Santa Cruz, California. Opening against Cuba on Feb. 23, the USA strolled to a 84-48 win, then three days later knocked off Puerto Rico for a second time by the score of 83-75.

The first-round was closed out with the USA splitting a pair of road games. Falling into a 21-point hole in the first quarter, the USA fought back to within two points but ultimately dropped its first World Cup Qualifying game to Mexico 78-70 on June 28 in Mexico City, Mexico. However, the USA bounced back to defeat Cuba 93-62 in Havana, Cuba, on July 1.


With a 5-1 record in first-round play, the USA claimed first place in Group C and advanced into the second round with its 5-1 record.


FIBA World Cup Qualifying Results
Check out the scores and standings for the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying. 2017-19 Americas World Cup Qualifiers Schedule/Results


The New World-Wide Qualifying Process

FIBA's World Cup Qualifying games are an entirely new process, not only for the USA but the rest of the world, too. The qualifiers will be used to determine the nations that will qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Following the completion of the first round, the top three finishing teams in each of the four, first-round groups advanced to the second round. The three advancing teams from Group A, Argentina (5-1), Uruguay (4-2) and Panama (3-3), and the top three finishers from Group C, USA, Puerto Rico (4-2) and Mexico (3-3), formed Group E. The top three finishers from Group B, Venezuela (5-1), Brazil (5-1) and Chile (1-5), and Group D, Canada (5-1), Dominican Republic (4-2) and U.S. Virgin Islands (2-4), formed Group F. The three second-round windows of competition will take place Sept. 13-17, 2018; Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2018; and Feb. 21-25, 2019.

Following completion of the Americas second-round games, seven teams will qualify out of the zone for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, including the top three finishing teams from Group E and Group F, and the top rated fourth placed team between Group E and Group F.

Under FIBA’s new competition system, a total of 80 national teams from FIBA’s four regions of Africa, Americas, Asia (which now includes Oceania) and Europe initially competed in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifying first round looking to earn a qualifying berth into the 32-team 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup competition that will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in China. 

The FIBA World Cup Qualifying games are being used to qualify 31 of the 32 nations that will compete in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. China automatically qualified as the host nation of the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Five teams will qualify from Africa, seven teams from the Americas, seven teams from Asia and 12 teams from Europe. 


The current two-time defending World Cup champion USA men have participated in 17 FIBA World Cups and have collected 12 medals - five gold medals (1954, 1986, 1994, 2010 and 2014), three silver medals (1950, 1959 and 1982) and four bronze medals (1974, 1990, 1998 and 2006). USA teams own an overall record of 123-27.

Results from the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will qualify seven teams for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Additionally, Olympic host, Japan, automatically qualified, and the final four nations will qualify through four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments that will be held in 2020 in advance of the Olympics.


For more information on the new World Cup Qualifying process, check out our crash course here: WCQ Crash Course



USA - Uruguay Game Information
The game is available via ESPN+ / Broadcast link
USA vs. Uruguay Live Stats 



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