6. I realized the fact even BEFORE the exhibition series that our preparation for these World games is BARELY better than the preparation for the 2004 Olympic Qualifiers. We played against absolute trash such as China and Korea, which completely wasted our time and instilled a false sense of confidence(particularly with regards to defense).
Agreed. WTF was the US doing playing against these garbage squads like South Korea, you can't get better unless you play against real competition. Also those games should've been a warning, we didn't dominate as much as we should have considering how bad those teams were.