ESPN Deportes to Televise Two USA Men's Basketball Pan Am Preliminary Contests
July 19, 2007
BRISTOL, Conn. - ESPN Deportes will televise the USA Men's Basketball team's preliminary contests at the Pan American Games, July 26-27.
The United States opens preliminary round play in Group A with Uruguay, Wednesday, July 25 at 6 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time in a non-televised game.
The Americans play Panama, Thursday, July 26 and Argentina, Friday, July 27 with both games starting at 3:45 p.m. Pacific. ESPN Deportes will begin coverage both days at 3:30 p.m. Pacific.
If the USA advances to the semifinals, it will play Saturday, July 28 at a time to be determined. ESPN Deportes will carry one semifinal at 1 p.m. Pacific and the other at 4 p.m. Pacific. In addition, ESPN will show one of the two semifinals at 2 p.m. Pacific.
The final and the bronze medal game take place, Sunday, July 29. ESPN Deportes will air the final at 6:50 a.m. Pacific and the bronze medal game at 9 a.m., Pacific.
'I told (USA and Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright) I feel comfortable playing either the one or two (guard) and he is going to play me as a combo guard,' Low said. 'It's going to be tough (potentially playing five games in five days). It's certainly going to be tiring.'
Weaver added, 'We've had a couple days of practice with the guys and we've all started to bond together. Hopefully, that carries over to Brazil. Definitely, it's been a bonus just having (Derrick) on the court and he's my roommate too. It's made this whole thing a little more comfortable having a teammate with me.'
Low and Weaver are the first Cougars to represent the USA in men's basketball at the Pan American Games. They are the first WSU male student-athletes, past or present, to don a USA uniform in international team sport competition since Mike Kinkade captured a baseball gold medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
The WSU seniors-to-be will be teamed on the USA roster with guards Wayne Ellington (North Carolina), Eric Maynor (Virginia Commonwealth), Drew Neitzel (Michigan State), Scottie Reynolds (Villanova), forwards Joey Dorsey (Memphis), Shan Foster (Vanderbilt), James Gist (Maryland), Maarty Leunen (Oregon), D.J. White (Indiana) and center Roy Hibbert (Georgetown).
|July 26||Panama||ESPN Deportes||3:30 p.m. Pacific|
|July 27||Argentina||ESPN Deportes||3:30 p.m. Pacific|
|July 28||TBD*||ESPN Deportes||1 p.m. or 4 p.m. Pacific|
|ESPN||2 p.m. Pacific|
|July 29||TBD*||ESPN Deportes||6:50 a.m. Pacific (Final)|
|9 a.m. Pacific (Bronze Medal Game)|
*The USA's record in preliminary play will determine if it advances to July 28-29.
Check http://www.espnmediazone.com/program_info/PANAMGAMES.htm for the latest information regarding TV coverage of the Pan American Games.
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