Tennessee basketball's Santiago Vescovi competing with Uruguay for spot in Tokyo Olympics
Tennessee basketball guard Santiago Vescovi has a shot at making the Tokyo Olympics.
He's one of 12 members on Uruguay's Olympic qualifying basketball team. Vescovi originally made the 16-man roster, surviving the initial round of cuts before qualifying play begins.
Uruguay is one of six teams competing in the Victoria FIBA Qualifying Tournament in Victoria, Canada. That field is split into two groups of three, with each team in the group playing each other once.
Uruguay (Group B) will play on Tuesday against Turkey's qualifying team at 10:35 p.m. ET before facing the Czech Republic at 10:35 p.m. ET on Thursday.
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After group play, a bracket stage begins with the top two teams from each group. Group A features China, Greece and Canada. The winner of the bracket stage, which follows a single elimination format, will advance to the Tokyo Olympics.
Out of 12 countries that make it to the Olympics, seven spots have already been taken by participants in the 2019 FIBA World Cup and Japan, as the host county, gets an automatic bid. The remaining four slots are decided through tournament play.
Since enrolling at Tennessee midway through the 2019-20 season, Vescovi has been in the starting lineup in 42 of 46 career games. He's been one of the Vols' most consistent perimeter scoring options, with a 36.8% career 3-point average on 242 attempts.