Olympic basketball 2016: Bracket, schedule, scores and more for men’s competition

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4565344The biggest international basketball competition is about to begin in Rio. Team USA will try to once again win the gold medal, like it has in the past two Olympics. There will be 11 other national teams hoping to pull off a historic upset, but it’s hard to see that happening in this bracket.

The story leading up to the games was that some of the NBA’s biggest American stars were opting to skip the competition. LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, among others, all decided to take the summer off. Initially, there was some concern about the quality of the team that USA Basketball was going to assemble.

The teams

Group A

USA

Australia

France

Venezuela

Serbia

China

Group B

Spain

Argentina

Lithuania

Croatia

Brazil

Nigeria

Schedule (all times ET)

Saturday, August 6

Australia vs. France, 1:15 p.m.

USA vs. China, 6 p.m.

Venezuela vs. Serbia, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 7

Brazil vs. Lithuania, 1:15 p.m.

Croatia vs. Spain, 6 p.m.

Argentina vs. Nigeria, 9:30 p.m.

Monday, August 8

Serbia vs. Australia, 1:15 p.m.

USA vs. Venezuela, 6 p.m.

France vs. China, 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 9

Spain vs. Brazil, 1:15 p.m.

Lithuania vs. Nigeria, 6 p.m.

Argentina vs. Croatia, 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 10

Serbia vs. France, 1:15 p.m.

Australia vs. USA, 6 p.m.

Venezuela vs. China, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 11

Brazil vs. Croatia, 1:15 p.m.

Nigeria vs. Spain 6 p.m.

Lithuania vs. Argentina, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, August 12

China vs. Australia, 1:15 p.m.

USA vs. Serbia, 6 p.m.

France vs. Venezuela, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 13

Argentina vs. Brazil, 1:15 p.m.

Spain vs. Lithuania, 6 p.m.

Croatia vs. Nigeria, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 14

USA vs. France, 1:15 p.m.

Australia vs. Venezuela 6 p.m.

China vs. Serbia, 9:30 p.m.

Monday, August 15

Nigeria vs. Brazil, 1:15 p.m.

Spain vs. Argentina, 6 p.m.

Lithuania vs. Croatia, 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 17

Quarterfinals

A1 vs. B4, TBD

A2 vs. B3, TBD

B1 vs. A4, TBD

B2 vs. A3, TBD

Friday, August 19

Semifinals

Winner A1 – B4 vs. Winner A3 – B2, TBD

Winner B1 – A4 vs. Winner A2 – B3, TBD

Sunday August 21

Bronze medal game

Semifinal loser 1 vs. Semifinal loser 2, 10:30 a.m.

Gold medal game

Semifinal winner 1 vs. Semifinal winner 2, 2:45 p.m.

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