USA vs. Argentina: TV Schedule and Preview for Exhibition Matchup

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IJuly 22, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 19:  USA player Lebron James  in action during the Men's Exhibition Game between USA and Team GB at Manchester Arena on July 19, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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This is your last chance to catch a Team USA Men's Basketball exhibition game before the squad enters Pool play on July 29 against France.

Team USA will face one of its toughest exhibition opponents today in the form of Argentina, who was defeated by the U.S. in the semifinal round of the 2008 Olympic games.

Led by NBA ballers Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola, the Argentinian squad is out for revenge against LeBron James and the surging Americans.

Here's the TV schedule for your viewing pleasure and a quick preview for today's exhibition matchup.

 

When: Sunday, July 22 at 3:30 p.m. EST

Where: Barcelona

Where To Watch: ESPN2

 

Preview 

Argentina boasts NBA players like Ginobili, Scola, Carlos Delfino and Andres Nocioni, but does that really compare to the likes of LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, etc.?

The answer is no.

Despite not having an ideal center—someone like Dwight Howard—Team USA has gotten along just fine through its first three exhibition matches, and it's doing it with athleticism.

There is no other team that can match up athletically with the Americans, but in the future, size down low could be the nemesis for the U.S.

But that won't happen today, as Argentina doesn't have the type of big men to take advantage of the U.S.'s lack thereof.

I spoke a little bit about the athleticism of Team USA before, but it also has the advantage of being younger than the Argentina squad, as noted by my colleague Brian Leigh in his article.

Lee calculates that the average age of Team USA is 25.75 while Argentina comes in at 30.75.

In the end, I think both age and athleticism factor heavily into this one, giving United States the edge.

 

Prediction: Team USA takes this one easily, winning by at least 25 points.

 

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