USA basketball faces Slovenia in the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Cup 2014 at City Arena, Barcelona Spain.
As the powerhouse of basketball, the United States will be tested against a better ballclub with a legitimate chance of pulling off an upset. The Americans dominated all their opponents so far yet the real challenges are about to take place.
USA continues to ride through the magnificent outings of center Anthony Davis and the outside shooting of Stephen Curry, while Slovenia will try to steal this game through the brothers Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic for Slovenia.
Part of the success of the USA team is the flexibility of the players in the court. Also the height and athleticism of the Americans provide more leverage to make more plays and to defend better.
The defense of the Americans will be about to be in the litmus test against a quicker offense. Actually, the Slovenians have a 7’1″ player Alen Omic, who can control the boards. Surely, the inside game would be controlled by USA but Slovenia knows that it has to fight for the boards to win the game.
Despite of the fact that USA are heavily favoured to win this match, there’s always the tendency to become lax that the players are being reshuffled most of the times to maintain the sharpness. USA has all the advantages in rebounding, scoring and defense over Slovenia.
USA averages 42.5 rebounds and 22.2 assists per game, while Slovenia has 32.3 rebounds and 13.8 assists per game. It is clear that USA would trample down Slovenia in paper. However, in the game of basketball, anything could happen.
USA vs Slovenia basketball start time is at 3:00 PM EDT. USA vs Slovenia tv channel schedule is on ESPN.
USA vs Slovenia basketball game is on BTV and ABS-CBN Network in the Philippines.