USA vs. Puerto Rico - Things To Know
The USA men wrap up the first-window of FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying action against Puerto Rico on Sunday, 3 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+. The game will be the second between the two teams in three days.
The 2020-21 FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying Tournament feature 16 teams from the Americas zone divided into four groups of four teams. The top three finishing teams in each group will earn qualifying berths in the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 (2020-21 AmeriCup Qualifying Results/Schedule).
Here are some things to know about Sunday's USA-Puerto Rico FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying game.
The 2020 February USA AmeriCup Qualifying Team (USA Roster):
Former NBA head coach Mike Fratello is serving as head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s AmeriCup Qualifying Team. Longtime NBA and college assistant coach Andy Greer and former NBA and USA Basketball athlete Othella Harrington are serving as USA assistant coaches.
USA Leads Start to Finish, Downs Puerto Rico 83-70 in AmeriCup Qualifying Opener
The 2020 USA Men's AmeriCup Qualifying Team (1-0), which led from wire-to-wire, sprinted to a 27-point halftime lead and held off Puerto Rico (0-1) in the second half to take a 83-70 victory on Thursday night in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
"Both teams have an opportunity now, with a day off in between to travel and then use the next day to put some preparation in after watching the video and seeing what adjustments need to be made. What you’re trying to do is make the game easier for your guys. So we know Puerto Rico will come out with adjustments, we have a few adjustments that we want to make. We want to do well what we did well last game, but we want to do a couple of things that maybe we need to change, that weren’t as successful for us last game.
"We understand that both teams know each other, they know the sets you’re going to run, they know defensively what you’re doing most times. Now, how hard do you play? We’ll both be prepared and I’m sure their staff did exactly the same thing to get them ready, so you have to come out play hard, (have a) single mindedness of what you’re trying to accomplish and get done. You can’t let the bumps that come along during the course of a game to take you out, knock you out of whack. You’ve got stay focused in on what’s going on. Play hard, that’s the key thing, play hard in this next game and we’ll be fine."
Coach Fratello on how it was to be back on the sidelines coaching:
USA-Puerto Rico Series Boasts of Plenty of History:
USA men's national and junior national teams own an all-time 56-9 win-loss record versus Puerto Rico. The USA defeated Puerto Rico 83-70 Thursday in San Juan. The two men’s national teams also met twice during the 2017-19 FIBA World Cup Qualifying games. The USA recorded 83-75 (2/26/18) and 85-78 (11/23/17) victories versus Puerto Rico in World Cup Qualifying play.
The U.S. is 5-1 against Puerto Rico in Olympic games; 8-1 in World Cup games and 10-2 in FIBA Americas Championships contests.
Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.:
Sunday's AmeriCup Qualifying game is being played at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C. Opened in 2018, the new state-of-the-art home to Washington, DC’s WNBA Washington Mystics, NBA G League Capital City Go-Go, and as well as the official practice facility for the NBA Washington Wizards. In addition to Sunday's AmeriCup Qualifying game versus Puerto Rico, the USA will play AmeriCup Qualifying games at the Entertainment and Sports Arena against the Bahamas on Nov. 27, 2020, and Mexico on Nov. 30, 2020, at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.
AmeriCup Qualifiers Update:
USA - Puerto Rico Game Information:
The game is available via ESPN+
LiveStats: USA vs. Puerto Rico Live Stats