Before the FIBA World Cup started, the Serbian coach Aleksandar Đordevic showed some real bravado about possibly playing the US saying basically that the US should worry about his team more than his should worry about theirs.
Well it’s all moot now: Argentina, the finest basketball power in Latin America, sent the Serbs home Tuesday winning 97-87.
The US shouldn’t chortle just yet. We’re in the knockout phase now and France is no joke. And if the US does manage to beat France on Wednesday then Argentina is the next team up for Team USA.
This must be intoxicating for Argentinian fans. They had the glory and brilliance of the Golden Generation and while this team isn’t that good - those guys were legitimate and legendary, one of the best national teams of all time - knocking off the Serbs is an outstanding win. The Serbs were favored by most to at least medal.
The star of the game, according to Đordevic, was Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo who was working on a triple double with 18 points, 12 assists and six rebounds. That’s a tremendous game by any standard.
Could they win the whole thing now? With a 39-year-old in Luis Scola and not an NBA player on the roster? Heck yeah they could. Never underestimate a hot team in a single elimination event.
Small note we had missed: Germany is coached by former Tar Heel Henrik Rödl. Assuming he paid attention to his coach, Dean Smith, Germany should be a well managed team.