USA Olympic Basketball Team Schedule: When to Watch USA Make Gold Medal Run

Matthew Dicker@@MattDickerContributor IIIAugust 2, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: LeBron James #6 of the US Men's Senior National Team huddles up with teammates after defeating Brazil during a pre-Olympic exhibition basketball game at the Verizon Center on July 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. The US Senior Men's National Team won, 80-69. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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After two games in the group-play round of Olympic men's basketball, gold medal favorite Team USA is 2-0, winning its games against France and Tunisia by a combined score of 208-134. Yet despite the lopsided scores, Team USA played questionably in both games, getting off to slow starts before punishing their opponents in the second halves. 

Despite the early hiccups, Team USA is expected to continue its march to gold through the two remaining games of group play and into the medal rounds. But Team USA is still expected to face some stiff competition. Brazil and Russia each looked strong in their opening games, and the Spanish team knocked off China and Australia to go 2-0.

In the remaining three games of group play, Team USA will face the Nigerian team on Thursday, August 2, at 5:15 p.m. EDT. The game will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network between 5:15-7:15 p.m. EDT and on the NBC Basketball Channel between 5:15-7:00 p.m. EDT.

Team USA will then face off against Lithuania on Saturday, August 4, at 9:30 a.m. EDT. The NBC Sports Network will carry the game from 9:30-11:30 a.m. EDT, and the NBC Basketball Channel will provide coverage between 9:30-11:45 a.m. EDT.

Group play will finish for Team USA on Monday, August 6 at 5:15 p.m. EDT with a game against Argentina. NBC Sports Network will cover the game between 5:15-7:15 p.m. EDT, and NBC Basketball Channel will broadcast the game from 5:15-7:00 p.m. EDT.

The four men's quarterfinals games will be played on Wednesday, August 8. The NBC Basketball Channel will cover the four games beginning at 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 2:45 p.m., and 5:15 p.m. (all times EDT). NBC Sports Network will broadcast the first two quarterfinal games consecutively between 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. EDT, and the second two quarterfinal games between 3:00-7:15 p.m. EDT.

The semifinal round will be played on Friday, August 10. The first semifinal game will be broadcast on both the NBC Sports Network and NBC Basketball Channel from 12:00-2:00 p.m. EDT. The second semifinal game will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Channel between 3:30-6:00 p.m. EDT and on the NBC Basketball Channel between 4:00-6:00 p.m. EDT.

Both the gold-medal game and the bronze-medal game will be played on Sunday, August 12. The bronze-medal game begins at 6:00 a.m. EDT and will be broadcast on NBC Sports network from 6:00-7:45 a.m. EDT and on the NBC Basketball Channel from 6:00-8:00 a.m. EDT.

The gold-medal game begins at 10:00 a.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on NBC from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT. The game will also be played on NBC Basketball Channel from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. EDT. The game will immediately be replayed twice on NBC Basketball at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. EDT.