USA Olympic Basketball Team Schedule: When to Catch Dream Team Compete for Gold

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIAugust 9, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  (L-R) Kobe Bryant #10 and LeBron James #6 of United States celebrate late in the fourth quarter against Australia during the Men's Basketball quaterfinal game on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Team USA is the only team to have gone undefeated at the 2012 Olympics thus far. Even international powerhouse and rival Spain has fallen—twice.

The Americans have a stranglehold on the tournament, and if there was ever any doubt, it's now their gold medal to lose. And a 119-86 victory over Australia in the quarterfinals enforced that concept.

This is your guide as the 2012 "Dream Team" tries to take home the gold in London.


Semifinals: Friday August 10, 12 p.m. ET

The U.S. punched its ticket to the semifinals in London with a win over Australia during the quarterfinals. Team USA came out and played well in a competitive game until they decided enough was enough and pulled away.

Thanks to a balanced effort Team USA rolled once again in London, 11 of the 12 players scored, with the only exception being Anthony Davis. Heck, even James Harden scored seven points in his four minutes after barely scoring in the first 10 games.

Kobe Bryant's 20 points and Carmelo Anthony's 17 made them the top two scorers for the team, while Kevin Love put up a double-double. However, they were all outshone by LeBron James' triple-double (11 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists).

Now the Americans have a date with Argentina in a rematch on Friday.

The first time these two met ended up in another American blowout. Team USA won the first contest by a score of 126-97 on the back of Kevin Durant's 28 points.

Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola are looking for a new result after beating Brazil by five. However, it would be a huge shock to see Team USA go down in the semis.


Gold Medal Game: Sunday August 12, 10 a.m. ET

Assuming that the U.S. tops Argentina for a second time, they will be headed to the gold medal game.

When Team USA takes the court on Sunday it will come against either Russia or—more likely—Spain. Even though the Spanish lost twice during Group play, they are still the second-best team in the world, and without Lithuania to challenge them they should advance to the gold medal game.

We will likely see a rematch of Beijing's gold medal game, in which the U.S. beat Spain 118-107.

Team USA has momentum on its side. After finishing their exhibition games with a record of 5-0, including a blowout of Spain, they then won all five games in Group play and blew out Australia.

That's 11 straight for the U.S., nine of which have been by a huge margin. The team is winning by more than 33 points per game, and there is no sign of them slowing down any time soon.

Sure, Spain has the advantage in the frontcourt with the NBA's leading shot-blocker, Serge Ibaka, and the Gasol brothers. Two seven-footers and a shot-eraser inside make this team tough to beat, but the U.S. has already done so once.

The last time these two faced off it was Carmelo Anthony who stepped up and had a great game, scoring 23 points in the first half alone. While it might not be him this time, you have to expect one or two Americans to explode against the Spanish.

This will not be an easy game for the Americans by any stretch of the imagination. They must play their best basketball on Sunday if they want to beat Spain again since a few key Spanish players were limited in the first game.

However, I do expect this year's "Dream Team" to take home the gold over Spain, and you can see it all on Sunday.