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USA in Olympics group play with France, Argentina

Apr 30, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

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We all expect that it will come down to the USA vs. Spain for the gold medal at the London Olympics this summer.

But Team USA is going to get a few tests on the way. FIBA conducted the draw for group play in the Olympics and the United States certainly ended up in the tougher group

Group A: Argentina, France, Tunisia, USA, Qualifier Tournament one, Qualifier Tournament two

Group B: Australia, Brazil, China, Great Britain, Spain, Qualifier Tournament three

The USA will have to play Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola’s Argentinian team that will be a test, as will Tony Parker led France. Both those squads have NBA and high level European league players and have played together for years. Lose to one of them in pool play and the USA could wind up on Spain’s side of the single-elimination tournament that follows pool play.

If you just asked what qualifier tournament means, it is teams that just missed out in regional qualifying tournaments last summer that will go to a second chance tournament before the Olympics this year. There are some good teams in that tournament such as Russia, Puerto Rico, Lithuania and Greece.

This is just another challenge for Team USA, but first they have to figure out who is on the roster.

  1. therealroman - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    neither france or argentina are bad teams, spain’s real good, but if the US-team plays as focused and motivated as they did 4 years ago, there’s gonna be Gold Medals, a lot of highlights and alley-oops

  2. adzs93 - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    If Lithuania and Russiaend up in that same group that would be well worth watching…although right now looking the other group even without Spain Team USA would haVe a harder task…i’d be happy with the draw to be honest (talking like Spain and USA aint gna meet in the final anyways :D)

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