Group play in women's basketball is done, leaving only eight teams to fight it out for a gold medal. While the United States women have shown that they have the firepower to roll into the championship round, many teams have performed well enough to make some noise. Though group play gave us many answers, many questions still remain: can France carry the momentum of their undefeated group play into the knockout stages? Will Australia get back to the medal round after being placed on the same side of the bracket as the Americans? Can anyone stop the United States? Read on for information on each quarterfinal game, as well as when each game will be played. All times are listed in Eastern Time.
United States vs. Canada
August 7, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Quarterfinal Game 1, NBC Sports Network
The United States team enters the knockout stage riding high after beating the Chinese team soundly, 114-66. They have been undefeated in group play without being challenged beyond the first quarter of any game. They will look to continue their dominance against a Canadian team that has fought hard in group play, but have only come up with two wins. Canada played undefeated France extremely close, only losing by four, while knocking off Brazil and host Great Britain.
Australia vs. China
August 7, 11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Quarterfinal Game 2, NBC Specialty Channel: Basketball
Australia is in relatively unfamiliar territory, as they will be on the same side of the bracket as the Americans. After going undefeated in group play the last two Olympics, Australia was finally defeated by France. Australia will need their scrappy play and size to make it to the medal round again. China limps into the quarterfinals after getting blown out in their last two games. They will need to play the game of their lives to beat the Aussies.
August 7, 3:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. - Quarterfinal Game 3, NBC Specialty Channel: Basketball
A surprise team playing in their first Olympics, Turkey has only lost to the Americans in group play. Sporting a FIBA world ranking of 21, Turkey has exceeded all expectations in London. They play FIBA's number two ranked team, Russia, who has lost two games in group play. After starting out with two losses, Russia has rebounded to win their last three games and secure a spot in the quarterfinals.
France vs. Czech Republic
August 7, 5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Quarterfinal Game 4, NBC Sports Network
Two surprising teams for different reasons, France and the Czech Republic enter the quarterfinals heading in opposite directions. France enters the quarterfinals undefeated, having won all five of their games. Their strongest victory came when they knocked off defending silver-medalist Australia. On the other hand, the Czech Republic came into the Olympics with high hopes, but instead find themselves losers of three games. The talent is certainly there to change their fortunes, but they will need a great game to take out France.
Steve has been involved with basketball in many different facets, including as a player, scout, coach, and spectator, for over 20 years. He attributes his love of basketball to his grandpa, a leading member of the Michigan Wolverines' 1948 Big Nine championship team.
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