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McFarland’s Pan Am USA hoops game to be televised

BLOG: Per an Ole Miss release: Sophomore point guard Valencia McFarland’s game against Mexico on Sunday will be televised live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.

In addition, all of Team USA’s three group stage games will be available on ESPN3.com in Spanish.

McFarland and Team USA will open play in the Pan American games today at 1:30 p.m. vs. Argentina.  The team will play Puerto Rico on Saturday at 7 p.m. and will face host Mexico on Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

“Since I have started practicing with the team everything has been going great,” McFarland said.  “I have learned to be more vocal on the court and I think I have improved a lot defensively guarding on the ball. We have come together as a team on and off the court and I think that will help with our chemistry in games.”

If Team USA advances out of the group stage, the medal round on Monday will be televised on ESPN2 at either 1 p.m. or 8 p.m.  The two finishing teams from each preliminary round group advance to the medal semifinals, while the third and fourth place teams will play out for 5th-8th place. The semifinals will be played on Oct. 24, and the finals will take place on Oct. 25.

McFarland left for training camp Saturday and practiced with Team USA in Houston, Texas until Tuesday when the team left for Guadalajara, Mexico. The team scrimmaged the Brazilian national team on Wednesday.

“The biggest difference is that on Team USA everyone is a leader and is not scared to step up and do or say what’s right,” McFarland said.  “Whereas on Ole Miss, we’re still searching for that ‘true’ leader on the court.”

The USA, which will look to defend its 2007 Pan American Games gold medal, will be led by an experienced trio of accomplished coaches, including USA head coach Ceal Barry alongside assistant coaches Debbie Ryan and former Lady Rebel All-American Jennifer Gillom.

The Pan American Games are a multi-sport competition held every four years (2011, 2015, etc.) in the year preceding the Olympics. Organized by the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), the Games are open to men and women representing countries from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.

A photo gallery of McFarland can be found by clicking the link at the top of the page.  Fans can get scores, recaps and stats from the USA Basketball page at http://www.usabasketball.com/womens/panamerican/schedule.html (October 21, 2011)

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    1. [...] If Team USA advances out of the group stage, the medal round on Monday will be televised on ESPN2 at either 1 p.m. or 8 p.m. The two finishing teams from each preliminary round group advance to the medal semifinals, while the third and fourth place teams will play out for 5th-8th place. ‘Since I have started practicing with the team everything has been going great,’ McFarland said. ‘I have learned to be more vocal on the court and I think I have improved a lot defensively guarding on the ball. We have come together as a team on and off the court and I think that will help with our chemistry in Games.’. [...]

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