LONDON (AP) – With a massive budget, the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team has a treasure trove of information on its opponents. There are scouting reports, game films, statistical breakdowns – anything and everything a coach or player needs to prepare for any upcoming game.
So, with the Americans getting ready for their second preliminary-round game, forward Kevin Love was asked what he knew about Tunisia.
“Not much,” he said.
He and his U.S. teammates are about to find out.
Coming off a less-than-stellar, but still impressive 27-point win over France in its tournament opener, the U.S. team will play Tunisia on Tuesday night in what has the potential to be a blowout of epic proportions. The U.S. and Tunisia have only met once previously with the Americans romping to a 92-57 win at the 2010 world championships in Istanbul after leading by only six points at halftime.
During Monday’s practice, the U.S. team got familiar with Tunisia’s offensive sets and will be briefed on the African champion’s personnel before taking the court. What the Americans will learn is that Tunisian team is tall with seven players on its roster over 6-foot-8.
Other than that, there may be no worries.