July 31 presents the second day of the Olympics Schedule 2012 for basketball games. After the first day, Team USA, Argentina, and Nigeria won in Group A, while Russia, Spain, Brazil are the undefeated teams from Group
B. There is a chance that Day 2 ends with the same undefeated teams as none of the winners play each other.
4:00 a.m. ET – China vs. Russia: China follows up their loss to Group B favorite Spain with a game against Russia, who blew out Great Britain. China kept it close to Spain the entire game before the Spanish team pulled it out in the final period. Yi Jianlian is the man to watch, after scoring 30 in the loss. Andrei Kirilenko leads the Russian team, who is looking at challenging Spain for the top spot in the finals.
6:15 a.m. ET – Australia vs. Spain: Spain is the heavy favorite to win Group B, and following their impressive win over China, they look to continue their run against Australia. On the other hand, Australia played a poor game, only managing 71 points in a four-point loss to Brazil.
9:30 a.m. ET – Lithuania vs. Nigeria: Nigeria slipped past Tunisia but only managed solid play from Ike Diogu, with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Lithuania fell in their first game to Argentina, losing by 23 points.
11:45 a.m. ET – Great Britain vs. Brazil: Great Britain lost their first game by 20 points to Russia but scored the same amount of points (25) as their second opponent, Brazil. Pops Mensah-Bonsu scored 22 points, and Luol Deng added 26 points as Great Britain’s only offensive weapons. Marcelinho Huertas is the go-to man for Brazil, scoring 15 points with 10 assists.
3:00 p.m. ET – France vs. Argentina: France came into the Summer Olympics as the third best team on paper but drew Team USA in the first game. The U.S. shut down Tony Parker in the game but hopes to get back on track against an Argentina team that beat Lithuania, behind three 20-point scorers. This should be the best game of the second day.
5:15 p.m. ET – Tunisia vs. United States: The United States continue their trek for the gold medal with Tunisia in the second game. Kevin Durant led Team USA in Game 1 with 22 points, but there is no telling who takes control in Game 2.
All basketball games on the Olympics Schedule 2012 are available to watch on NBC.
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