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FIBA World Cup 2014: Team USA vs. Mexico Preview: Lineups, Tip Off Time, TV & Live Stream Info

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With elimination play upon the tournament, the dominant Team USA is set to play against Team Mexico Saturday.Team USA has been dominant in this competition to the point of them not suffering a single loss so far. That trend is expected to continue as they take to the court this weekend.

What: FIBA World Cup Elimination Round: Team USA vs. Mexico

When: Saturday, Sept. 6

Tip Off: 7 a.m. PT


Live Stream: Watch ESPN

One thing that may hurt the week is their unfortunate habit of not putting their heart into the first several minutes of the game. Whether it's just an expectation that they are automatically owed a win or a lack of serious competition, it is no secret that Team USA is privy to slow starts.

This is not the sort of match up that you want to rest on your laurels for either; Mexico knows how to be big on the defensive front thanks to Gustavo Ayon and Jorge Garcia. Mexico also has a strong ability to attack both inside and out, which means they may put up a good fight against the 800-pound gorillas of this tournament. 

Still, make no mistake about it: Mexico is simply outmatched at every turn. The Americans have built their explosive offensive efforts around Kenneth Faried and Anthony Davis. The duo has been unbelievably productive for Team USA, so it is expected that they will continue their winning ways against Mexico.

After his hard fall onto his hip late in Team USA's 95-71 win over Ukrain, Kyrie Irving was a questionable case for this game. Thankfully for his team, he was able to confirm his safety on Twitter earlier on Friday. He is an excellent player, so his quick recovery is a cause for relief.

Irving's potential pain was a cause for concern not only for Team USA, but also for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving is expected to be a big contributor for the Cavs this season so any potential injury would derail those hopes.

Irving was helped off the court after his fall and did not return, though to be fair, there were only two minutes left in the game.

Regardless of whether or not Irving can play, the Americans are still the heavy favorites in the upcoming game with or without Irving's help. Expect no upset.

Team USA will play Mexico in Round 16 of the 2014 FIBA World Cup on Saturday at 10 a.m ET. The game will air on ESPN2 and will live stream on WatchESPN.

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