Mexican hoops soars as soccer sags

Mexico is back on the basketball map after winning FIBA Americas championship

Updated: October 14, 2013, 4:37 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The national basketball team, in a country where futbol borders on religion, has never been more successful.

The national soccer team, in a land where hoops goes largely unnoticed, is still flirting with the seemingly unfathomable prospect of missing out on the next World Cup.

So, yes, 2013 is destined to be remembered as the wildest, most upside-down year in the history of Mexican sport.

That's the unavoidable conclusion, really, no matter what happens on the final day ...

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