Olympics 2012 Schedule: Day 12 Events You Can't Miss

Ryan HublerCorrespondent IAugust 8, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor of the United States  of the United States celebrate after the Women's Beach Volleyball Semi Final match between United States and China on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade August 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Some of the top events in the Olympics are happening on Day 12 (Wednesday, August 8th) in London. With events such as beach volleyball, men's basketball and track and field taking place, here is a quick guide to the biggest events:

Women's Beach Volleyball

While it is completely certain that Americans will win the gold medal in beach volleyball, what isn't certain is which pair of Olympians will win. The two-time defending Olympic champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings will be competing against fellow Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings beat the No. 2 Chinese team in the semifinals Tuesday, while Ross and Kessy upset the top-seeded Brazilian team. For Ross and Kessy, it is their first Olympics, while May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings will be competing in their final Olympic match.

The pair are the most decorated beach volleyball Olympians after winning gold in Athens and Beijing without ever losing a match. Hell, during their first two runs, they never lost a set, for that matter. They currently hold an unbeaten streak of 20 matches in a row and look to close their Olympic careers out with a flourish.

When: 8 p.m. ET on NBC

Men's Basketball

In men's basketball, Team USA will take on the upstart Australian team, who recently beat Group B's most dominant team, Russia. Australia beat the (almost) unbeaten team on a game-winning three-pointer by their floor general, Patty Mills.

The matchup itself seems a bit lopsided, but from watching the USA-Lithuania game, and knowing that this is the start of the eight-team knockout round, we know that nothing is certain. 

The United States went a perfect 5-0 in the field, defeating the likes of France, Tunisia, Nigeria, Lithuania and Argentina. Now, USA, the No. 1 seed in Group A must continue its success as it looks to knock off the No. 4 seed in Group B.

Look for Team USA to toy around with the weakest team left in the field and look toward their next matchup, a rematch with Argentina or a tough matchup against Brazil. With three of their top challengers all on the other side of the bracket (Spain, Russia and France), USA should have no problem beating Team Australia.

When: 5:15 p.m. ET on NBC

Women's 200-meter Final

A handful of the fastest men and women in the world get set to go for gold at Olympic Stadium Wednesday. The Americans have high hopes for both the aforementioned events, with Allyson Felix of the United States competing for the gold in the 200-meter.

Felix has won titles in the event in 2005, '07, '09 and even won silver medals in this same event, in Athens in 2004 and the 2008 Beijing games. Like the other events, she is favored to win and should be coming home with a gold.

She does have competition, however, from Team USA teammate Carmelita Jeter and Veronica-Campbell-Brown of Jamaica, who won gold in the event in the previous two Olympic Games. If she wins, it will be the first time a woman won the same track and field event at three consecutive Olympics. 

When: 8 p.m. ET on NBC