The Team USA men's basketball team now needs three wins to win their second consecutive Olympic gold medal. They start tournament play on Wednesday against the Australian team.
The game is scheduled for a 5:15 EDT p.m. tip off, but that depends on what time the other quarterfinal game between Brazil and Argentina ends. The winner of this game will face the winner of Brazil-Argentina in the semi-finals. Television coverage of this game will be provided by NBC Sports Network.
Team USA enters the tournament round a perfect 5-0 after defeating Argentina on Monday, 126-97. Both Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks lead Team USA in scoring, Durant averaging 18.6 points with 5.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists in pool play. Anthony has averaged 17.4 points and is shooting 60 percent from three-point range.
The Australians went 3-2 in pool play, winning their final three games after losing to both Brazil and Spain to start the Olympics. This culminated in a two-point, buzzer-beater victory over the Russian basketball team on Monday.
The Americans will have to keep an eye on the hero of Australia's win over Russia, Patrick Mills of the San Antonio Spurs. Through pool play, Mills led Australia in scoring with 20.2 points per game. However, the Australians don't have much depth following Mills. This will be a tough team to play against, but Team USA matches up very well against Australia. If the American defense can contain Mills, they should have no problem moving on to the semifinals.
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