Durant, Team USA set for Olympic Games
July 27, 2012
LONDON -- Former University of Texas standout Kevin Durant and the United States Men's Olympic Team have arrived in London and are set to begin competition in the 2012 Olympic Games. The men's basketball competition will feature national teams from 12 countries competing July 29-Aug. 12.
During Team USA's five-game exhibition schedule leading up to the Olympics, Durant led the team in rebounding (5.0 rpg) and minutes (26.0 mpg) and ranked second in scoring (17.6 ppg). He converted 34-of-59 (.576) field goals, including 16-of-29 (.552) from the international three-point line.
Team USA is joined in Preliminary Round Pool A by Argentina, France, Lithuania, Nigeria and Tunisia. Pool B features Australia, Brazil, China, Great Britain, Russia and Spain.
The USA opens its Olympic competition against France at 8:30 a.m. Central (2:30 p.m. in London) on Sunday, July 29. The Americans then face Tunisia at 4:15 p.m. Central on Tuesday, July 31 and Nigeria at 4:15 p.m. Central on Thursday, Aug. 2. Team USA meets Lithuania at 8:30 a.m. Central on Saturday, Aug. 4 before concluding preliminary round play against Argentina at 4:15 p.m. Central on Monday, Aug. 6.
The top four teams from each Olympic preliminary round group will advance to the Aug. 8 quarterfinals, with the winners playing in the semifinals on Aug. 10 and the medal games on Aug. 12.
Durant will become the fourth player in Texas Basketball history to compete in the Olympics and the first since Albert Almanza represented Mexico in 1964. Durant also will be the third former Longhorn in the sport of Men's Basketball to compete for the United States in Olympic competition and first since Jay Arnette in 1960.
2012 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball competition schedule
Preliminary Round Pool A Schedule (all games played at Olympic Park, Basketball Arena) Sunday, July 29 USA vs. France 8:30 a.m. NBC Sports Network Tuesday, July 31 USA vs. Tunisia 4:15 p.m. NBC Sports Network Thursday, Aug. 2 USA vs. Nigeria 4:15 p.m. NBC Sports Network Saturday, Aug. 4 USA vs. Lithuania 8:30 a.m. NBC Sports Network Monday, Aug. 6 USA vs. Argentina 4:15 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Medal Round Schedule (all games played at North Greenwich Arena) Wednesday, Aug. 8 Quarterfinal Games Times TBD NBC Sports Network Friday, Aug. 10 Semifinal Games Times TBD NBC Sports Network Sunday, Aug. 12 Bronze and Gold Medal Games Times TBD Info TBD