On paper, today’s game between Argentina and Tunisia shouldn’t be close. The Argentinian core of Manu Ginobilli, Luis Scola, Andrea Nocioni, Carlos Delfino have left quite a mark in the basketball world. Their core is justifiably known as the “Golden Generation” because of Manu’s beautiful, flowing hair. Obviously. Oh, and they played decent basketball as well.
Tunisia played well against Team USA until the second quarter (although USA’s lack of focus and relaxed mentality was more conducive to their brief success) and, because the possibility of an upset is mathematically possible, Argentina can’t simply relax and just expect Tunisia to bow down to their superior roster.
Here are a couple of things that stood out to me after doing some research on Tunisia:
1. They have surprisingly good size: Tunisia has seven players that stand 6’8″ size or taller.
2. Makram Ben Romdhane (a 6’8″ wing who compiled a 22-11-4 line against the United States) is still 23 years old and already looks like Tunisia’s best player.
3. They won the FIBA Africa Championship in 2011.
4. They have seven players on their Olympic roster at the age of 24 or younger.
After losing to France, Argentina can’t afford to lose back-to-back games, especially to a country considerably weaker than them. As a veteran team, I expect Argentina to treat this matchup with little trepidation and dominate easily.
As for the final score? I’m not a wizard or anything, but if Argentina doesn’t let their guard down, a 25 point victory is within the realm of possibility.