The United States men’s basketball team survived a scare in their last game at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but they are perfect in group play and are expected to remain undefeated. Team USA has two more contests on the schedule before the elimination stage begins next week.
Team USA is at the top of Group A, having gone 3-0 with games scheduled for Friday and Sunday. They are just ahead of Australia and France, who both have 2-1 records. Serbia and Venezuela are both 1-2, and they are fighting to become the fourth and final team from Group A that will advance to elimination play. China is 0-3 and their Olympic run is expected to end on Sunday.
The top four teams from Group B, which is led by 3-0 Lithuania, will qualify for the knockout stage, as well. Argentina and Croatia both have 2-1 records, and Spain and Brazil (both 1-2) seem to be battling for the final spot in the quarterfinals. Nigeria has yet to win a game.
The four quarterfinal games will all be played on Wednesday, followed by the semifinals on Friday and the medal games on Sunday. The gold medal game is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET, less than five hours before the closing ceremony in Rio.
Despite playing a close game against Australia on Wednesday, Team USA isn’t expected to have much trouble winning the gold. Allowing Australia to shoot 50 percent from the field while still winning by 10 points, it could be the Americans’ closest call in the tournament.
Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points on nine-of-15 shooting from three-point range in Team USA’s last game. He started alongside DeMarcus Cousins, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Paul George. George got the start over Klay Thompson, who’s struggled in Rio. The Golden State Warriors’ guard has missed 17 of his 20 shot attempts at the Olympics.
Below is a look at the remaining schedule for men’s basketball group play, along with start times and TV channels.
Friday, Aug. 12
China vs. Australia, 1:15 p.m. ET (Basketball Specialty Channel)
United States vs. Serbia, 6 p.m. ET(NBC Sports Network)
France vs. Venezuela, 9:30 p.m. ET (Basketball Specialty Channel)
Saturday, Aug. 13
Argentina vs. Brazil, 1:15 p.m. ET (USA)
Spain vs. Lithuania, 6 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network)
Croatia vs. Nigeria, 9:30 p.m. ET (Basketball Specialty Channel)
Sunday, Aug. 14
United States vs. France, 1:15 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network)
Australia vs. Venezuela, 6 p.m. ET (Basketball Specialty Channel)
Serbia vs. China, 9:30 p.m. ET (Basketball Specialty Channel)
Monday, Aug. 15
Nigeria vs. Brazil, 1:15 p.m. ET (MSNBC)
Spain vs. Argentina, 6 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network)
Lithuania vs. Croatia, 9:30 p.m. ET (Basketball Specialty Channel)