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USA Basketball men's and women's basketball previews and Sunday Olympic GameThread

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The USA Basketball teams finish their group play games today. We’ll also have an idea of how the brackets will look on the women’s side, while half of the men’s side will be as well.

Women’s Basketball Group A final standings:

All Group A women’s basketball games are done. Here are the seedings. The 2 through 4 seeds all had identical records, but tiebreakers decided exactly who ended up where:

  1. Australia (5-0)
  2. France (3-2)
  3. Turkey (3-2)
  4. Japan (3-2)
  5. Belarus (1-4) - eliminated
  6. Brazil (0-5) - eliminated

There are two main takeaways from Group B:

  • From a Mystics fan standpoint, we’ll get to see LaToya Sanders play for the opportunity to get a medal. Assuming Canada remains the number two seed in Group B, that will be a tough, but winnable match for her and the Turks. Sanders is second in scoring among all Olympians at 22 points a game and fifth among all rebounders with 7.8 per game.
  • From an American basketball fan standpoint, they already clinched the number one seed, so they’ll face Japan in the quarterfinals. Japan’s star is Storm center Ramu Tokashiki, who is averaging 17.6 points and 7 rebounds per game. She led Japan to a 79-71 win over France, the defending silver medalists, so don’t count out the Japanese as a team that the Americans will double up on. Still, it kinda sucks to see that they are 99.99999 percent likely to not medal here after their better-than-expected performance during these games.

USA Women play China this morning

Canada v United States - Women's Basketball - Olympics: Day 7 Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Americans have clinched the number one seed in Group A, so there’s not much to play for besides an unbeaten record. The Chinese on the other hand are in a must win situation. They have to beat the USA AND bank on Serbia losing to Senegal in order to advance to the quarterfinals.

Mathematically possible, but not probable, even if the USA plays the bench the whole game.

The game is at 11:15 a.m. ET and will be on NBC proper. As in WRC-Channel 4 in the D.C. area or WBAL-Channel 11 in the Baltimore area. You can also stream it on

Women’s Basketball Group B Standings

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  • 1: United States (4-0) - clinches #1 seed
  • T-2: Canada (3-1)
  • T-2: Spain (3-1)
  • T-4: China (1-3)
  • T-4: Serbia (1-3) - have the advantage
  • 6: Senegal - Eliminated either way

The Other Women’s Basketball Group B Games

Senegal v China - Women's Basketball - Olympics: Day 3 Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

These games can be streamed on or you can watch it on the Basketball Channel.

  • Senegal vs. Serbia, 2:30 p.m. ET - If China beats the USA, then this game will become a bit interesting. The Senegalese are playing for their pride at this point so you never know ... That said, China blew them out 101-64 last Monday, while Spain and the USA doubled them up. I just don’t a win for the AfroBasket champs either way.
  • Spain vs. Canada, 4:45 p.m. ET - Now this game will be something to see. Both teams are tied with 3-1 records. The winner gets the #2 seed in Group A for the quarterfinals.

USA Men play France early this afternoon.

Olympics: Basketball-Men's Team-Preliminary Round FRA vs VEN Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The men have had the luxury of playing evening games throughout the work week, but it’s going to be an early finish so-to-speak for those of us following primarily American teams. The French are playing for seeding where they could be as high as #2 with a win today and a loss by Australia, but I don’t see both things happening.

The game will be on at 1:15 p.m. ET. You can watch it on NBC SportsNet and streamed on

Men’s Basketball Group A Standings

Olympics: Basketball-Men's Team-Preliminary Round USA vs SRB Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
  • 1: United States (4-0)
  • T-2: Australia (3-1) - have the advantage
  • T-2: France (3-1)
  • T-4: Serbia (1-3) - have the advantage
  • T-4: Venezuela (1-3)
  • 6: China (0-4)

The Other Men’s Basketball Group A Games

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  • Australia vs. Venezuela, 6 p.m. ET - The Boomers should win this easily. But if they don’t AND Serbia loses to China, the FIBA Americas champs will head to the quarterfinals. It’s a guarantee that Venezuela will come out hard because....
  • Serbia vs. China, 9:30 p.m. ET - That’s right, the Venezuelans have to play hard to win, and then hope that China can finish their Olympic schedule on a good note. It kinda sucks that the FIBA Asia champs will likely play their second straight Olympics without a single win to show for it. But if they don’t, they could have something to hold their hats on for the 2019 World Cup and the young roster they have right now.

That’s all I have. Enjoy the games everyone.