Previewing the final day of men’s prelims: Can U.S. punch ticket to quarterfinals?

Previewing the final day of men's prelims: Can U.S. punch ticket to quarterfinals?

With a slow start to the Rio Olympics, the U.S. men are still having to play catch-up on the final day of preliminaries.

If the U.S. sweeps Mexico (or wins in four sets) in its 10:30 a.m. ET match, the Americans will be in the tournament with a shot at taking home a medal.

Without three points, USA will need some help.

Lucky for the Americans, two of the three teams they are tied with are set to play against each other at 9:30 p.m. ET – Brazil and France.

If U.S. picks up at least one point and either Brazil or France pulls off a sweep (or Canada is swept by Italy), the Americans are in.

The “if” scenarios can keep going on and on.

The good news for the Americans – Mexico has lost 12 of 13 sets through four matches thus far and is one of only two men’s teams without a point yet in the prelims.

Here are the rest of Monday’s games:

8:30 a.m. ETArgentina vs. Egypt

2 p.m.Russia vs. Iran

4 p.m.Poland vs. Cuba

7:30 p.m. Italy vs. Canada

Women’s quarterfinals tips off Tuesday morning.

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