BEIJING — By the time Saturday's mano-a-mano batalla grande between the USA and Spain at the Beijing Olympics begins at 10:15 a.m. on the East coast, you should be salivating for a long look at Spanish guard Ricky Rubio.
Even USA coach Mike Krzyzewski had to get in on the appetite whetting in advance of the game.
"I hear he wanted to go to Duke," Krzyzewski said on Friday at the U.S. practice session at Beijing Normal University.
The 17-year old plays, seen here in a highlight reel playing international junior ball, with men many years his senior on the Spanish national team. He can score and has a flair while creating chances for others.
This is his first Olympics and Saturday will be his first real exposure on American television against American stars like Jason Kidd and Chris Paul.