USA Basketball 2012: Look Ahead to US's Next Matchup

Sam QuinnContributor IIIJuly 30, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29:  Kevin Durant #5 and LeBron James #6 of United States look on from the bench against France in the Men's Basketball Game on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Team USA will face off against Team Tunisia in its next matchup of the 2012 Olympic Games, and admittedly there won't be too much to watch for.

Tunisia is by far the worst team in the field. 2012 is the first time they've ever qualified for men's basketball in the Olympics. Only one player on their roster, Salah Mejri, has any sort of NBA experience, and that was in a stint with the Utah Jazz Summer League team. 

The one advantage they do have is size. Of their 12 players, seven of them are 6'8'' or taller. Mejri is 7'1''. 

Unfortunately for Tunisia, quality is far more important than quantity. Just because their players are tall doesn't mean that they're good, and considering none of their players have had a serious shot in the NBA and Team USA's team is made up of NBA All-Stars I'd say this is going to be a long day for Team Tunisia.

Just because it's going to be a blowout doesn't mean there's going to be nothing to watch for. In fact, that's what you should be watching for. 

Tunisia offers a rare opportunity for this team to play with no pressure. There is absolutely no chance that they're losing, so we might see something really special from the best team in the world.

The Dream Team's biggest victory was a 68-point decimation of Angola. That's what you should be watching for in this game. Can this incarnation of American stars top what the original Dream Team did?

Honestly, probably not. Not because they aren't capable, but because Coach K won't give them a chance. He's far too classy to want to win a game by 70 points. 

But still, that doesn't mean this won't be fun to watch. We're going to see some cool alley-oops. Anthony Davis is going to block shots. Team USA is really going to try to enjoy this game, since it will be one of its last that doesn't really matter.