USA basketball draw, schedule announced for Rio Olympics

Friday March 11th, 2016

FIBA announced the men’s basketball draw for the 2016 Rio Olympics on Friday.

Team USA, who are the defending champion in both the Olympics and FIBA World Cup, were drawn into Group A with Australia, Asia and Venezuela. Two more teams who will be determined to further qualifying will be added to the group. 

The men will play their first game on Aug. 6 against China, and then play Venezuela and Australia on the 8th and 10th, respectively. The U.S. will play the other two group teams on Aug. 12 and 14.

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“The draw for the 2016 Olympics appears to be extremely balanced, and we know the entire competition will be really competitive,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. “We know that repeating as gold medalists at the 2016 Olympics will be a challenge, and that's what makes winning a gold medal such an amazing accomplishment.”

Krzyzewski will be joined by Jim Boeheim, Tom Thibodeau and Monty Williams on the coaching staff. There are currently 31 finalists for the team.

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