USA vs. Mexico - Things To Know
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The USA Basketball Men’s AmeriCup Qualifying Team concludes window two action against Mexico on Monday, 7:30 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
The 2020-21 FIBA AmeriCup qualifiers feature 16 teams from the Americas zone divided into four groups of four teams. The top three finishing teams in each Group will earn a qualifying berth in the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 (2020-21 AmeriCup Qualifying Schedule/Results).
FIBA AmeriCup qualifying consists of three windows, and each window features two games.
The first AmeriCup qualifying window was held Feb. 20-24, 2020. The USA opened play with an 83-70 win over Puerto Rico in San Juan and followed that up with a 95-73 victory against Puerto Rico on Feb. 23 in Washington, D.C.
On Nov. 29 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the USA defeated Bahamas 99-59 as 11 of 12 USA players scored, including five in double figures. The U.S. closes out window two versus Mexico on Monday, Nov. 30 (7:30 p.m. EST).
The third and final qualifying window is scheduled to be held Feb. 18-22, 2021. The Americans are slated to close out AmeriCup qualifying play at the Bahamas on Feb. 18 and at Mexico on Feb. 21.
Here are some things to know about Sunday's USA-Mexico FIBA AmeriCup qualifying game.
USA Basketball & Indianapolis
Indianapolis has hosted numerous international basketball events and games, including the 2002 FIBA Men's World Cup, 1987 Pan American Games and USA Basketball men’s and women’s national team exhibition games.
USA Basketball and the Indiana Sports Corporation hosted the 2002 FIBA Men's World Championship (now known as the World Cup). The USA won its first five games in the 2002 World Championship in impressive style, but then stumbled in three of its last four games to finish a 6-3 and in sixth place. Hosting the 14th FIBA World Basketball Championship marked the first time in the event's 52 year history that the prestigious event had been held in the United States.
In 1996, playing in front of 36,702 fans, the USA Men’s National Team closed out its five-game pre-Olympic exhibition tour with a 128-62 thrashing of Greece at the RCA Dome.
The 1987 Pan American Games marked the first time the event was held in the United States since 1959 when the U.S. captured the gold medal in Chicago, Illinois. The USA women emerged from the 1987 Pan American Games unbeaten and in possession of the gold medal, however the fate of the U.S. men’s squad was not the same. Upset by Brazil in the championship, the United States was denied the gold medal for just the second time in 36-year Pan American history.
The 1984 USA men's and women's national teams, preparing for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, played an exhibition doubleheader to open the Hoosier Dome and played before the largest crowd to watch an indoor game in the history of the sport at the time. In the first game, the women's Olympic team defeated a women's all-star team, 97-54, and the men beat a NBA all-star team, 97-82. The double-header attracted a crowd of 67,596 to break the American record of 61,612 set at the NCAA Final Four in 1982.
Mexico improved to 2-1 after posting a convincing 81-56 victory over Puerto Rico (0-3) Sunday night. Leading 35-32 at halftime, Mexico outscored Puerto Rico 46-24 in the third and fourth quarters to claim the win. Shooting 46.4% from the field, Mexico made 13-of-33 3-pointers and out-rebounded Puerto Rico 43-20. Featuring five players scoring in double figures, Mexico was led by Lucas Martinez who went 4-of-12 from 3-point and tallied 18 points. Paul Stoll scored 14 points and dished out eight assists, while Gabriel Villareal recorded 13 points, Fabian Jaimes posted 11 points and Jose Estrada tallied 10 points. Leading Mexico on the glass was Israel Gutierrez snagged 13 boards.
Returning for Mexico from the February window of AmeriCup Qualifying are four players: 6-foot-2 guard Omar de Haro Gutiérrez (14.5 ppg.), 6-foot-6 forward Fabian Misael Jaimes Nava (6.0 ppg. and 8.5 rpg.), 6-foot-9 center Jose Israel Gutiérrez Zermeño (3.0 ppg. and 4.5 rpg.); and 6-foot-10 center Edgar Garibay Padilla.
Coach Fratello on the USA Team having zero turnover at halftime and only seven for the game:
"I really need to give the assistants (Othella Harrington and Joe Prunty) a lot of credit, because they got to the players, before practices or after practices and they kept pounding away at the fact that this is how we have to play. If we're going to have a chance of winning these games against the other countries, we have to move the basketball. We can have the ball, you know so many of our players, because of where they play, whether it's in another country, or in the G League, wherever it might be, if they get a shot up with the big club in the NBA, the ball sticks a lot, and when they get their minutes and they get their opportunity, they think they have to make it happen themselves right away. And between the coaches and there's three or four guys that we have, veteran guys, Levi Randolph and John Jenkins, Amile (Jefferson), those guys delivered the message to the rest of the players about, here's how you have to play now, you're going to get yours. Okay, but if the next guy has a better shot than you have, then give it to the next guy, and it'll come back to you. And I have to thank those leaders, I have to thank the coaches for the time they put in, and not forgetting that Bahamas had a very difficult situation here."
USA-Mexico Series History:
The USA is 9-1 versus Mexico in senior level FIBA or FIBA Americas games. In all competitions, the USA is 29-2 all-time in games versus Mexico.
Most recently meeting June 28, 2018, in a World Cup Qualifying game in Mexico City, the USA suffered a 78-70 loss. In front of a packed house and vocal home crowd, Mexico scored the first 18 points in the game and the Americans fell into a 21-point hole in the first quarter. The USA closed to within two points early in the fourth, but Mexico created some breathing room and then made 6-of-8 free throws in the final 1:07 to seal the win. The USA handed Mexico a 91-55 setback in Greensboro, N.C. in the first meeting of the 2017-18 FIBA World Cup Qualifying games. Starting the game with six-straight 3-pointers, the USA relied on a balanced scoring attack to defeat Mexico 91-55 on Nov. 26 at the Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse.
All-time, the U.S. is 2-0 versus Mexico in Olympic games (71-40 in 1958 and 25-10 in 1936); 3-0 in FIBA World Cup games (86-63 in 2014, 75-65 in 1967 and 88-74 in 1963); and 3-0 in FIBA Americas Championship contests (127-100 in 2007, 96-69 in 2003 and 96-86 in 1989).
Returning for Mexico from the first window of AmeriCup Qualifying are four players: 6-foot-2 guard Omar de Haro Gutiérrez (14.5 ppg.), 6-foot-6 forward Fabian Misael Jaimes Nava (6.0 ppg.and 8.5 rpg.), 6-foot-9 center Jose Israel Gutiérrez Zermeño (3.0 ppg. and 4.5 rpg.); and 6-foot-10 center Edgar Garibay Padilla.
USA Team Notes:
Six USA players boast of prior USA Basketball experience, including two members of the February 2020 AmeriCup Qualifying Team. Josh Magette and Levi Randolph were members of the February 2020 USA AmeriCup Qualifying Team that defeated Puerto Rico twice. Magette posted averages of 9.0 points and 3.0 assists while Randolph averaged 4.5 points and 2.0 rebounds a game. Trice was part of three USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying teams (February 2019, November/December 2018 and September 2018) helping USA to an overall 5-1 record while averaging 12.0 points and 5.8 assists per game, while Amile Jefferson was a member of the November 2017 and the June/July 2018 USA World Cup Qualifying teams that compiled a 3-1 record and averaged 4.8 points and 4.3 rebounds a game. John Jenkins averaged 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds a game for the November 2018 World Cup Qualifying Team and was part of the 2011 World University Games Team. Paul White was a member of the 2011-12 USA Basketball Developmental National Team and the 2011 October minicamp.
Five of the U.S. players have NBA regular season experience: Amile Jefferson (30 NBA regular season games); John Jenkins (171 NBA regular season games); Jemerrio Jones (6 NBA regular season games); Josh Magette (26 NBA regular season games); and Yante Maten (2 NBA regular season games).
Six of the USA players have played internationally – John Jenkins (China, Israel and Spain); Josh Magette (Croatia, Greece, Netherlands and Spain); Sir"Dominic Pointer (Hungary, Israel, Lebanon and Venezuela); Levi Randolph (Italy and France); Tyler Roberson (France and Greece); and Travis Trice (Australia, France, Lebanon and Italy).
Eleven players were active in the NBA G League in 2019-20: Kaiser Gates (Maine Red Claws); Tyler Hall (Westchester Knicks); Jalen Hudson (Capital City Go-Go); Amile Jefferson (Lakeland Magic); Jemerrio Jones (Wisconsin Herd), Josh Magette (Lakeland Magic); Yante Maten (Maine Red Claws); Sir'Dominic Pointer (Canton Charge); Levi Randolph (Canton Charge); Tyler Roberson (South Bay Lakers); and Paul White (Raptors 905 and Salt Lake City Stars).
USA - Mexico Game Information
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