U.S. on easier side of knockout bracket

Updated: September 3, 2010, 1:53 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

ISTANBUL, Turkey -- After all the talk about who might have needed to, wanted to, tried to or managed to tank a game to end up on the easier side of the bracket for the knockout round of the 2010 FIBA World Championship, it turned out that winning was rewarded.

And probably no team benefited more from the way things shook out upon the completion of pool play Thursday night than Team USA, which has a fairly easy road to the semifinals.

Unless you ask the Americans.

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