The Tokyo Olympics are underway, and things didn't start out especially well for the USA Basketball Men's National Team. After dropping two out of its four exhibition contests, the U.S. kicked off Olympic play with an 83-76 loss to France. The loss was the United States' first Olympic defeat since 2004, and it snapped a 25-game Olympic winning streak for Team USA. The U.S. has now dropped two straight games to France after also losing to the French in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
The 12 teams that are competing in the Olympics are split into three groups and every team within a group faces the other three teams from the group for a total of three games in the group stage. The teams that finish in first and second place from each group will advance into the quarterfinals, along with the two best third-place teams overall. So, while the loss to France is far from ideal for the U.S., it doesn't end the team's chances of winning a fourth straight gold medal.
The U.S. team is led by San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who is the successor to Mike Krzyzewski. Popovich previously won a bronze medal as an assistant coach under Larry Brown at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Joining Popovich on the coaching staff are Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Indiana Pacers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova University coach Jay Wright.
The group stage of the Olympic basketball tournament will run from July 25 to Aug. 1, and the knockout stage will run from Aug. 3-7. With that said, here's everything you need to know about Team USA and men's basketball at the Olympics.
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Team USA roster
Golden State Warriors
San Antonio Spurs
Olympic preliminary round groups
- Group A: France, Iran, United States, Czech Republic
- Group B: Australia, Nigeria, Italy, Germany
- Group C: Argentina, Japan, Spain, Slovenia
Exhibition schedule, results
Saturday, July 10
Nigeria 90, United States 87
Monday, July 12
Australia 91, United States 83
Tuesday, July 13
United States 108, Argentina 80
Friday, July 16
United States vs. Australia -- canceled due to healthy and safety concerns
Sunday, July 18
United States 83, Spain 76
Preliminary group stage round
(All times U.S./Eastern)
Saturday, July 24
Group A: Czech Republic 84, Iran 78
Sunday, July 25
Group A: United States 83, France 76
Group B: Italy 92, Germany 82
Group B: Australia 84, Nigeria 67
Monday, July 26
Group C: Slovenia 118, Argentina 100
Group C: Spain 88, Japan 77
Tuesday, July 27
Group B: Nigeria vs. Germany, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, July 28
Group A: United States vs. Iran, 12:40 a.m. (Peacock)
Group B: Italy vs. Australia, 4:20 a.m.
Group A: Czech Republic vs. France, 8 a.m.
Thursday, July 29
Group C: Slovenia vs. Japan, 12:40 a.m.
Group C: Spain vs. Argentina, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Friday, July 30
Group A: Iran vs. France, 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 31
Group A: United States vs. Czech Republic, 8 a.m. (Peacock)
Group B: Italy vs. Nigeria, 12:40 a.m.
Group B: Australia vs. Germany, 4:20 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 1
Group C: Argentina vs. Japan, 12:40 a.m.
Group C: Spain vs. Slovenia, 4:20 a.m. (USA)
Monday, Aug. 2
TBD vs. TBD, 9 p.m. (Peacock)
Tuesday, Aug. 3
TBD vs. TBD, 12:40 a.m. (Peacock)
TBD vs. TBD, 4:20 a.m. (Peacock)
TBD vs. TBD, 8 a.m. (Peacock)
Thursday, Aug. 5
Quarterfinals 1 winner vs. Quarterfinals 2 winner, 12:15 a.m. (Peacock)
Quarterfinals 3 winner vs. Quarterfinals 4 winner, 7 a.m. (Peacock)
Gold Medal Game
Friday, Aug. 6
Semifinals 1 winner vs. Semifinals 2 winner, 10:30 p.m. (Peacock)
Bronze Medal Game
Saturday, Aug. 7
Semifinals 1 loser vs. Semifinals 2 loser, 7 a.m.