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USA vs. Argentina - Things To Know

  • Date:
    Nov 29, 2018



Here are the things to know about Thursday's USA-Argentina FIBA World Cup Qualifying matchup in La Rioja, Argentina.


Opening the second of three second-round windows, the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team, possessing a 7-1 record, faces the difficult task of playing a pair of road games. The Nov. 29 game features a match-up of teams with identical 7-1 records. Argentina and the USA sit atop of the second round Group E standings. Scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m. (EST), the game will be broadcast on ESPN+. 


The USA will closes out the second window on Sunday, Dec. 2, with a road game against Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay.


Coach Van Gundy's Overview of the USA-Argentina Game:
We were down here for the AmeriCup (September 2017), different city, but the same basic (Argentina) team, coaching staff and passionate fans. When the USA national team players, whether it is the jayvee team like us trying to qualify or the varsity, there is a different level of passion and intensity.  We’ve gotten ourselves in some trouble in the past of underestimating their passion and intensity, so we’ve got to be ready. It’s going to be a great scene."


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

“We’re a small team as far as outside the center position and so what we have to do give ourselves the best chance is defend and then rebound. The rebounding so far has been very problematic, but if we can do those two things then offensively the best thing we can do is play in a quick-strike mentality up the floor.” 


Coach Van Gundy On What He Likes About This USA Team:

"We’ve been together six days now and they’ve done a good job working. We’ve got three returning guys (Reggie Hearn, Chasson Randle and Travis Trice) that provide FIBA experience and good skill level, and then inside we have some size to battle the strength of these two teams.  They both Argentina and Uruguay have dominant low-post men in (Luis) Scola and (Esteban) Batista.”


Summing Up Argentina

Argentina advanced into the second round after finishing 5-1 and capturing first in Group A first-round play. Argentina's lone loss was to Uruguay, 88-83. Since that loss in a home game on Feb. 23, 2018, Argentina has ripped off five consecutive wins.  Argentina will be led by NBA veteran and Olympic gold medalist Luis Scola, who in seven World Cup Qualifying games has averaged 16.9 points (7th highest in FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying games) and 7.9 rebounds (6th highest in FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying games) a game. Argentina is averaging a FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying second-best 87.9 points a game, while the USA is posting a third-best 87.3 points a game and averaging a FIBA Americas best 45.5 rebounds a game. The USA is allowing its opponents just 62.6 points a game while Argentina is limiting opponents to 68.6 points a game.


Argentina's Group A First Round Results

         Argentina 96, Paraguay 63

         Argentina 68, Panama 59

         Uruguay 88, Argentina 83

         Argentina 83, Paraguay 61

         Argentina 87, Panama 62

         Argentina 102, Uruguay 58


Argentina's Group E Second Round Results

         Argentina 78, Mexico 74

         Argentina 106, Puerto Rico 84     


La Rioja, Argentina Facts 
Founded in 1591, La Rioja, thecapital of the La Rioja province located in thenorthwestern Argentina, featuring the backdrop of the Andes Mountain Range. Boasting of a population of over 312,000, the province is primarily known for producing grapes and wine. The game will be played in La Rioja's Superdomo arena that opened in December 2015 and has a basketball capacity of 11,000.

USA-Argentina History
USA Basketball teams are 68-12 all-time versus Uruguay in international play at all levels. In in the two teams' most recent meeting that came on Sept. 3, 2017, in Cordoba, Argentina, the United States rallied from 20 points down in the third period to post an 81-76 in the gold medal contest of the 2017 AmeriCup. Argentina’s last win versus a USA squad was a 77-64 in 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Argentina’s biggest win over the USA came in 2004 Olympics when they upended the U.S. 89-81. The U.S. is 7-1 against Argentina in Olympic games; 7-3 in World Cup games; 10-1 in FIBA Americas Championships contests.

Van Gundy Looks To Continue Winning Form
Jeff Van Gundy, who serves as an NBA commentator for ESPN when he’s not on the USA sideline, is now 12-1 all-time 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, June/July 2018 and September 2018 USA World Cup Qualifying teams that compiled a 7-1 record.


Next Up- USA vs. Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay
The USA will close out the second window of the second round with a road game versus 5-3 Uruguay in Montevideo on Sunday, Dec. 2. The two teams last met in a World Cup Qualifying game on Sept. 17 in Las Vegas, a game in which the USA rolled to 114-57 win.


World Cup Qualifying Update

With two windows of qualifying games remaining, who will qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup is starting to clarify.

Already officially assured of a berth in the 2019 World Cup are Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Nigeria and Tunisia.


Below are the current second round standings:


Africa (top 2 from each group and best 3rd place team – 5 teams total)



*Tunisia       9-0

Angola          6-3

Egypt           5-4

Cameroon     5-4

Chad            3-6

Morocco        3-6



*Nigeria        9-0

Senegal        7-2

Central African Rep. 4-5 

Cote d'Ivoire 4-5

Rwanda         3-6

Mali             3-6



Americas (top 3 from each group and best 4th place team – 7 teams total)



USA              7-1

Argentina      7-1

Puerto Rico    5-3

Uruguay        5-3

Mexico          3-5

Panama        3-5



Canada         7-1

Venezuela     7-1

Brazil            6-2

Dom. Rep.     5-3

U.S. Vir. Isl.   2-6

Chile            1-7


Asia (top 3 from each group and best 4th place team – 7 teams total)



New Zealand 7-1

Lebanon       6-2

S. Korea        6-2

Jordan          5-3

China           4-4

Syria            2-6



Australia       7-1

Iran             6-2

Philippines    5-3

Japan          4-4

Kazakhstan   3-5

Qatar           2-6



EUROPE (Top 3 from each group – 12 teams total)



Spain           7-1

Turkey          6-2

Latvia          5-3 

Montenegro   4-4

Ukraine         4-4

Slovenia       2-6



*Lithuania     8-0

Italy             6-2

Poland          4-4

Hungary        4-4

Netherlands   3-5

Croatia         3-5



*Czech Rep. 7-1

France          7-1

Russia          4-4

Finland         4-4

Bulgaria        3-5

Bosnia and Herz. 2-6



*Germany     8-0      

*Greece        8-0

Serbia          5-3

Georgia        3-5

Israel           3-5

Estonia         2-6


*According to FIBA team has qualified for 2019 FIBA World Cup



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.


Opening second round on Sept. 14 with a home game played in Ls Vegas, the USA (6-1) dominated Uruguay (4-3) 114-57. The Amerians followed up with an outstanding smothering defensive effort and balanced scoring in an important 78-48 road victory over Panama on Sept. 17 in Panama City, Panama.


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 - Argentina Game Information
The game is available via ESPN+ 
USA vs. Argentina Live Stats 




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