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USA vs. Uruguay - Things To Know

  • Date:
    Dec 2, 2018



Here are the things to know about Sunday's USA-Uruguay FIBA World Cup Qualifying matchup in Montevideo, Uruguay.


The USA-Uruguay game is the second and final game of the second round, November/December window. Falling on the road 80-63 in Thursday's game against Argentina, the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team carries a 7-2 record into its game versus 6-3 Uruguay.  Scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. (EST), the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Following Sunday's game, the USA will play one final window in World Cup Qualifying play on Feb. 22-25, 2019. The USA will plays two home games in Greensboro, N.C., facing Panama on Feb. 22 and Argentina in Feb. 25.

Coach Van Gundy's Overview of the USA-Uruguay Game:
Uruguay is the hardest playing, most physical team in the FIBA Americas group we are in. They’re really unbelievable competitors and they have a great post player – Esteban Batista, who played in the NBA, very accomplished, they also have a good set of guards. They’re a really good team. They’re very similar to Argentina but with a dominant post player. They’re really scrappy, flopping around on defense, so, it will be interesting.”


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

Play hard but we’ve got to play with poise. They’re going to get up under us, instigating, inciting, and we’re going to have to play hard but with incredible poise and understand it is going to be rough and physical, and not shy away from it and be excited by that opportunity.” 


Coach Van Gundy On The USA's 80-63 Loss To Argentina On November 29:
We had a rough night all around. I don’t think there were a lot of positives for us in this game, and so much of sport is about when you get your butt kicked how you respond. We’re together three more days, we get another chance on Sunday (versus Uruguay), and hopefully we play much better.


Summing Up Uruguay

Uruguay narrowly defeated Puerto Rico 64-62 on Thursday to improve its record to 6-3. Uruguay earned the important win when Mathias Calfani connected on a 3-point shot with four seconds left to take a 63-60 lead.  

Facing Uruguay on Sept. 14 in Las Vegas, the USA posted an overwhelming 114-57 win over a Uruguay team that was minus several of its starters.


Uruguay is led by 6-foot-9 big man Esteban Batista, who in six World Cup Qualifying games, is averaging 18.3 points and 10.3 rebounds. Batista, who played in 70 games in two seasons (2006-07 and 2007-08) for the NBA Atlanta Hawks, is the first Uruguayan to play in the NBA. Further aiding Uruguay's cause is 6-foot-1 Bruno Fitipaldo, who is adding 12.7 points a game in six starts, and 5-foot-10 guard Luciano Parodi who is averaging 11.8 points a game in eight starts.

As a team, Uruguay is averaging 68.4 points and 38.8 rebounds a game. The USA is averaging 84.6 points and 45.3 rebounds a game.

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

Uruguay's Group E Second Round Results

USA 114, Uruguay 57

Uruguay 63, Mexico 60

Uruguay 64, Puerto Rico 62


Montevideo, Uruguay Facts 
Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, is a major city along Montevideo Bay that has a population of 1.4 million, almost half of Uruguay’s population. The USA-Uruguay game is taking place in Montevideo's new Antel Arzena. Officially opening on Nov. 12, the arena has a capacity of 10,000.


USA-Uruguay History
USA Basketball teams are 26-2 all-time versus Uruguay in international play at all levels. The USA recorded a lopsided 114-57 victory over Uruguay in the Sept. 14 World Cup Qualifying meeting in Las Vegas. Van Gundy's USA team also posted an impressive 74-66 victory over Uruguay in a clash 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. 

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


World Cup Qualifying Update

With three game 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 Australia, Czech Republic, France, 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     10-1

Egypt           7-4
Angola         7-3

Cameroon     5-5

Chad            3-7

Morocco        3-7



*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)



Argentina       8-1

USA           7-2

Uruguay     6-3

Puerto Rico 5-4

Panama 4-5

Mexico 3-6



Venezuela 8-1

Canada 7-2

Brazil 7-2
Dominican Rep. 5-4
Chile   2-7
U.S. Virgin Isl.   2-7



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



New Zealand 8-1

South Korea 7-2

Lebanon       6-3
China     5-4
Jordan           5-4
Syria            2-7



*Australia       8-1

Iran             6-3

Philippines    5-4

Japan           5-4

Kazakhstan   4-5

Qatar           2-7



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



Turkey         7-2
Spain       7-2

Montenegro    5-4

Latvia          5-4 

Ukraine         5-4

Slovenia       2-7



*Lithuania     8-1

Italy             7-2

Poland          5-4

Croatia         4-5

Hungary        4-5

Netherlands   3-6



*France         8-1
*Czech Rep. 7-2

Russia           5-4

Finland         4-5

Bulgaria        4-5

Bosnia and Herz. 2-7



*Greece         9-0
*Germany     8-1

Serbia          5-4

Georgia     4-5

Israel       4-5

Estonia         2-7


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



The New World-Wide Qualifying Process

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+

LiveStats: USA vs. Uruguay Live Stats 



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