Thursday , Sep , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

USA stays perfect with blow-out over Iran

For the U.S. national team, there was not much to be gained from Wednesday’s matchup with Iran. The result of this game was known once the groups for the 2010 FIBA World Championship were drawn last December.

The U.S. clinched the top seed in Group B with Wednesday’s 88-51 win, but that was a foregone conclusion once they escaped with a win against Brazil on Monday.

So the challenge for Wednesday and Thursday, when the U.S. takes on 0-4 Tunisia (9:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2), was to find a way to move forward and prepare for the elimination rounds, which begin for the U.S. on Monday, against either Angola or Australia.

"It’s really all about us," USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Wednesday. "It’s not who we’re playing. It’s us getting better each day and trying to prepare ourselves for what’s coming in the next round, which is going to be a whole different ball game."

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