Olympics 2008: Team USA Basketball Schedule

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Olympics 2008: Team USA Basketball Schedule

Team USA's time has finally come to prove that they are second to none in international basketball! Anything less than the gold medal will be a disappointment for Coach K and company.

There will be 12 teams squaring off in the 2008 Olympics. They are separated into two different groups with six teams apiece.

Group A: Argentina, Australia, Croatia, Iran, Lithuania, and Russia
Group B: Angola, China, Germany, Greece, Spain, and USA

Can Kobe Bryant and LeBron James lead Team USA back to their winning ways? Can this team reclaim Team USA's once dominant status?

All these questions will be answered soon, starting August 10 when they take on Yao Ming's Chinese national squad in Team USA's first game in the 2008 Olympics.

Here is the 2008 Olympics basketball schedule:

Preliminary Round
Aug. 10

Game 7 (6 p.m. Aug. 9): Russia vs. Iran
Game 8 (8:15 p.m. Aug. 9): Germany vs. Angola
Game 9 (11:30 p.m. Aug. 9): Spain vs. Greece
Game 10 (1:45 a.m.): Lithuania vs. Argentina
Game 11 (5 a.m.): Australia vs. Croatia
Game 12 (7:15 a.m.): USA vs. China

Aug. 12

Game 19 (6 p.m. Aug. 11): Iran vs. Lithuania
Game 20 (8:15 p.m. Aug. 11): Croatia vs. Russia
Game 21 (11:30 p.m. Aug. 11): Greece vs. Germany
Game 22 (1:45 a.m.): China vs. Spain
Game 23 (5 a.m.): Angola vs. USA
Game 24 (7:15 a.m.): Argentina vs. Australia

Aug. 14

Game 31 (6 p.m. Aug. 13): Germany vs. Spain
Game 32 (8:15 p.m. Aug. 13): Australia vs. Iran
Game 33 (11:30 p.m. Aug. 13): Angola vs. China
Game 34 (1:45 a.m.): Lithuania vs. Russia
Game 35 (5 a.m.): USA vs. Greece
Game 36 (7:15 a.m.): Argentina vs. Croatia

Aug. 16

Game 43 (6 p.m. Aug. 15): Greece vs. Angola
Game 44 (8:15 p.m. Aug. 15): Russia vs. Australia
Game 45 (11:30 p.m. Aug. 15): Croatia vs. Lithuania
Game 46 (1:45 a.m.): Iran vs. Argentina
Game 47 (5 a.m.): China vs. Germany
Game 48 (7:15 a.m.): Spain vs. USA

Aug. 18

Game 55 (6 p.m. Aug. 17): Iran vs. Croatia
Game 56 (8:15 p.m. Aug. 17): Australia vs. Lithuania
Game 57 (11:30 p.m. Aug. 17): Greece vs. China
Game 58 (1:45 a.m.): Angola vs. Spain
Game 59 (5 a.m.): USA vs. Germany
Game 60 (7:15 a.m.): Argentina vs. Russia

Quarterfinals
The information below shows only those who will be playing in accordance with the final standings after the preliminary round.

Aug. 20

Game 65: B2 vs. A3
Game 66: A1 vs. B4
Game 67: A2 vs. B3
Game 68: B1 vs. A4

The exact game number and time for the four quarterfinal games will be known at the latest on the evening of Aug. 18. The quarterfinals will be played at these PACIFIC times: 11:30 p.m. Aug. 19, 1:45 a.m., 5 a.m., and 7:15 a.m.

Semifinals
Aug. 22

Game 71: Winner of Game 65 vs. Winner Game 66
Game 72: Winner of Game 67 vs. Winner of Game 68

The exact game number and time for the two semifinals will be known on the evening of Aug. 20 at the latest. The semifinals games will be played at 5 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. PACIFIC time. In Beijing time, tip-off is at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

Finals
Aug. 24

Game 75 (9 p.m. Aug. 23): Loser of Game 71 vs. Loser of Game 72 (3 - 4)
Game 76 (11:30 p.m. Aug. 23): Winner of Game 71 vs. Winner of 72 (1 - 2)

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/olympics_blog/2008/07/olympic-basketb.html

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