USA men's basketball picks Greensboro, NC, for 1st home game
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 04, 2017 09:36 AM
FILE - In this March 5, 2007, file photo, Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy tries to give directions to his teammates during the fourth quarter of a basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press
The U.S. men's basketball team has selected Greensboro, North Carolina, to host its first home World Cup qualifying game.
The Americans will play Mexico on Nov. 26 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Fieldhouse, the home of the NBA G League's Greensboro Swarm.
The new qualification system has teams playing home-and-away games to qualify for the World Cup, rather than playing in regional tournaments. USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley said Tuesday the game is "a rare opportunity to cheer the USA on in a meaningful home game."
The Americans are in a first-round pool with Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Their first game is scheduled for Nov. 23 in San Juan, though that could be moved if the hurricane-devastated island isn't ready to host the event.
Jeff Van Gundy will coach the Americans, who will use mostly G League players and play in G League arenas during the qualifying stages.