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Olympic Women’s Basketball Quarterfinals preview and GameThread

Basketball - Olympics: Day 4
Mystics F LaToya Sanders is a rockstar in the Olympics.
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Here is the schedule for Tuesday’s Olympic games. The USA Basketball women’s national team is now just ... three games away from a sixth consecutive Gold Medal.

  • Australia (Group A 1st seed) vs. Serbia (Group B 4th seed), 10 a.m. ET - The Opals have made it through the Group stage undefeated, but they have also appeared vulnerable to defeat in multiple games. Serbia has had its moments in the tournament and could make things interesting, but I doubt they’ll win. Still, it would be kinda fun to see Jelena Milovanovic and company make a huge upset.
  • France (Group A 2nd seed) vs. Canada (Group B 3rd seed), 9:15 p.m. ET - This will be a competitive match. Can go either way on who comes out on top. My gut tells me France, though I have a North American bias here.
  • United States (Group B 1st seed) vs. Japan (Group A 4th seed) 5:45 p.m. ET - Team Japan head coach Tomohide Utsumi said that the Japanese “don’ have a specific plan to face the USA because they are simply the best team in the world.” Don’t blame him. It’s because no plan can stop the Americans. I kinda wished they would have been the third seed, but that would have meant that Turkey would have likely been the fourth seed. This game is on NBC SportsNet as well as the usual options - for your streaming and the Basketball Channel.
  • Spain (Group B 2nd seed) vs. Turkey (Group A 3rd seed), 1:30 p.m. ET - This should be a nice rematch of the 2014 World Cup semifinal when the Spanish beat the Turks, 66-56. This time, LaToya Sanders and the gang want to flip the script. They have medaled in the 2011 and 2013 EuroBasket Women tourneys, but have still yet to win a medal in the World Cup or the Olympics. Winning this game will be huge for them nationally. Also, Sanders is the second leading scorer in these games — she’s been really efficient and this team’s in form. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.