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United States Crushes Angola

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

The US has still never lost to Angola after winning 121-66 today. Angola’s strategy was to let the Americans shoot from the outside, and they had no problem in doing so. The US took 38 three pointers and made 18 of them for a 47.4% clip. After struggling from the outside in the prelims, Chauncey Billips was 5-7 from three today. He led the team with 19 points. Kevin Durant, Eric Gordon and Rudy Gay all had 17. Everyone on the U.S. roster scored.

The US plays the New Zealand-Russia winner next.

In other quarterfinal action, Serbia beat Croatia, Spain beat Greece, Slovenia beat Australia and Turkey beat France.

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Knockout Round Set At World FIBA Championships

September 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Over at the official site of the 2010 FIBA worlds is the bracket for the knockout round

Some quick notes:

  • The United States lucked out in getting Angola in their round of 16 game, and then either Russia or New Zealand in the quarters. They won’t have to play a really quality opponent until the semifinals, leaving the deepest team in the tournament probably the most rested
  • The most intriguing round of 16 game has to be Brazil v. Argentina, as they are two good teams, but obviously South American rivals
  • Spain-Greece might be the best game though. Spain, a pre-tournament favorite, struggled in the opening round going just 3-2
  • If I had to be an upset semifinalist right now, I think I might go with Slovenia to beat Australia then upset Turkey in the quarters.
  • At this juncture, I like a semifinals of Spain v. Slovenia and United States v. Argentina, with the U.S. beating Spain in the final
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