With group play in men’s basketball coming to an end Monday night with Croatia’s win over Lithuania, the four quarterfinal matchups are now set. And for the U.S. men’s basketball team, that means an opponent they certainly have some familiarity with.
Thanks to the combination of their loss to Spain and Croatia’s victory, Argentina gets first crack at the Americans in the bracket rounds. Argentina’s got some players fans will certainly be familiar with, as Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola and Andres Nocioni are still mainstays on the roster. But there’s another player on Argentina’s roster, point guard Facundo Campazzo, who has the potential to give the U.S. trouble if they aren’t better defending the pick and roll than they were in their last three games in group play.
Campazzo scored 33 points and dished out 11 assists in Argentina’s double-overtime win over Brazil, and he averaged 16.4 points and 5.2 assists per game in group play. The U.S. did blow out Argentina in an exhibition leading into these Olympics, but Ginobili played just over 14 minutes with Scola and Nocioni playing a shade over 23 and 22 minutes, respectively.
Also on that side of the bracket are France and Spain, with the French finishing third in Group A and the Spaniards second in Group B. The U.S. beat France by three in their final game in group play, and they’ve defeated Spain in each of the last two gold medal games. On the other side of the bracket, Group B winner Croatia takes on Serbia in one quarterfinal, with Group A runner-up Australia drawing Lithuania in the other.
Wednesday’s Quarterfinal Schedule
Australia vs. Lithuania, 10 a.m. Eastern
Spain vs. France, 12:30 p.m.
U.S.A. vs. Argentina, 5:45 p.m.
Croatia vs. Serbia, 9:15 p.m.
With Argentina not progressing out of the group stage in the men’s soccer tournament, there won’t be a battle between Argentina and bitter rivals Brazil on the pitch. But there will be one on the basketball court, as the two teams are both in Group B of the men’s tournament.
And it’s a big game for both, with Argentina in second place on five points and Brazil fifth on four points. Only the top four teams in each group get out of group play, which makes games such as this one incredibly important. Argentina will look to rebound from a tough loss to Lithuania, and Brazil is in a similar position after falling to Croatia. Also of note in Group B is first-place Lithuania taking on Spain, with the runners-up of the last two Olympic tournaments finally getting their first win of these Games Thursday night against China.
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On the women’s side they’re completing group play, with first-place Australia playing Belarus in a game the latter needs if they’re to have a shot at getting out of the group stage. Belarus currently sits fifth in the group on five points, so they’ll need a positive result and some help to go through. Brazil’s in an even tougher spot, as they’re sixth on four points going into their group play finale against Turkey.
The games begin at 11:15 a.m., with that Argentina vs. Brazil game set for a 1:15 p.m. tip-off.
One day after the United States men’s basketball team opened its Olympic account with a 57-point thrashing of China, the women’s begin group play against Senegal.
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Appearing in only their second Olympic Games, Senegal’s women’s basketball team opens their Rio tournament against the five-time defending Olympic champion U.S. women led by Diana Taurasi. The Americans have won gold in each of the last five Summer Olympics, and they’re the prohibitive favorites to win gold in Rio.
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That’s the first of seven games scheduled for Sunday, with hosts Brazil taking on Lithuania in an important matchup in Group B of the men’s competition. Both teams boast players with NBA connections, including Brazil forward Nene and Lithuania’s Jonas Valanciunas. 2012 men’s basketball silver medalists Spain open against Croatia, and Argentina’s team led by Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola will be in action as well.