Team USA to play Tennessee, Duke to evaluate Olympic options

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The USA Basketball girls’s nationwide group will face Tennessee and Duke in a pair of exhibition video games in November because it prepares for subsequent 12 months’s Paris Olympics.

Crew USA will play at Tennessee on Nov. 5 and at Duke on Nov. 12. For Duke, the exhibition will come after the Blue Devils have already got two regular-season contests beneath their belts.

USA Basketball has not introduced a participant pool for November as of Thursday. The governing physique will host a coaching camp in between the 2 video games, Nov. 7-9 in Atlanta.

The exhibitions will assist USA head coach Cheryl Reeve and her employees start to make roster resolution for the Olympics.

“As preparations proceed for the 2024 Paris Olympics, the video games in opposition to Tennessee and Duke, in addition to coaching camp, will function essential alternatives for the USA Basketball Girls’s Nationwide Crew Committee to guage gamers who’ve nationwide group aspirations,” girls’s nationwide group director Briana Weiss mentioned in an announcement. “USA Basketball has a protracted historical past of partnering with NCAA Division I packages to assist put together for main worldwide competitions and we’re grateful to those two packages for including our video games to their preseason slates.”

Based on ESPN, Tennessee final performed Crew USA in 2007, and Duke final did in 1999.