Whenever the United States men’s national basketball team is involved in the Olympics, they seem to capture more than just the attention of the entire nation.
With the roster consisting of a majority of internationally marketable stars, the entire world takes notice.
Let’s take a look at the remaining schedule for Team USA at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, explore where you can watch and live stream each event and make some predictions on how the squad will finish.
Where: Olympic Park, Basketball Arena and North Greenwich Arena, London, England
When: Sunday, July 29 through Sunday, August 12*
*Championship Game will be played that day, Group Play ends Monday, August 6
Watch: NBC, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN)/NBC basketball channel, who will have all of Team USA men’s basketball coverage during the 2012 Olympic Games.
Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com will live stream every basketball game.
Remaining Team USA Group Schedule
Tuesday, July 31 -- Tunisia vs. USA -- 5:15 p.m. ET -- NBCSN, NBC Basketball
Thursday, August 2 – USA vs. Nigera – 5:15 p.m. ET – NBCSN, NBC Basketball
Saturday, August 4 – Lithuania vs. USA – 9:30 a.m. ET – NBCSN, NBC Basketball
Monday, August 6 – USA vs. Argentina – 5:15 p.m. ET – NBCSN, NBC Basketball
Wednesday, August 8
Quarterfinal Game 1 – 9:00 a.m. ET – NBCSN, NBC Basketball
Quarterfinal Game 2 – 11:15 a.m. ET – NBCSN, NBC Basketball
Quarterfinal Game 3 – 2:45 p.m. ET – NBCSN, NBC Basketball
Quarterfinal Game 4 – 5:15 p.m. ET – NBCSN, NBC Basketball
Friday, August 10
Semifinal Game 1 – 12:00 p.m. ET – NBCSN, NBC Basketball
Semifinal Game 2 – 3:45 p.m. ET – NBCSN, NBC Basketball
Sunday, August 12
Bronze Medal Game – 6:00 a.m. ET – NBCSN, NBC Basketball
Gold Medal Game – 10:00 a.m. ET – Live on NBC, NBCSN, NBC Basketball
Team USA is going to continue their reign of dominance that they have cultivated since putting together the “Redeem Team” in 2008 in order to avenge their loss in the 2004 Olympics Games in Greece.
The roster is simply too skilled and athletic to fail, even if they do not have great size in the paint.
Will USA Win the Gold?
The U.S. has absolutely dominated their exhibition games as well as France in the opening round. The only possible team left to give them fits in preliminary play is Argentina.
It’s likely that they will meet up against Spain in the gold medal game, which will be extremely close due to the Gasol brothers—Marc and Pau—and Serge Ibaka’s presence.
However, the athleticism and sheer scoring ability of the swingmen and guards on the American side will be too much for the Spaniards to overcome, and Team USA will win their 14th gold medal in 17 Olympic appearances.