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U.S. Men’s Hoops Beats Argentina 126-97

Team USA beat Argentina 126-97 on Monday night.  One of the biggest storylines in the game was Carmelo Anthony getting hit in the groin by an Argentinian player. 

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The U.S. men’s hoops squad used a huge run in the 3rd quarter to defeat Argentina 126-97 in the final game of group play on Monday night.  The United States only had a one-point lead at halftime (60-59), but outscored Argentina 42-17 in the 3rd quarter.

Carmelo Anthony was hit in the groin by Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo.  After Anthony hit a three-point shot as time expired in the 3rd quarter, Campazzo tapped Carmelo in the groin.  It was a blatant sign of disrespect that definitely caught the attention of Team USA.  

Coach K had to be separated from Luis Scola following Campazzo’s groin punch to Anthony.  The U.S. players and Carmelo Anthony were visibly upset as well.  I’d love to see a rematch between these two teams before the tournament is all said and done.  A punch to the groin tends to get the attention of everybody.  Team USA finishes up group play with a perfect 5-0 record.  The knockout round begins for the U.S. on Wednesday against Australia at 11:15am ET.

Brian Noe is the Brand Manager at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY.  Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” each weekday from 1-3pm ET on WTMM.

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