Wednesday’s Olympics TV highlights

By Scott D. Pierce

Published: August 8, 2012 09:19AM
Updated: November 30, 2012 11:31PM
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Scott D. Pierce

It’s no surprise that the U.S. men’s basketball team made it to the quarterfinals. The Americans have medaled all 16 times they had the opportunity, and 13 of those medals were gold.

In London, Team USA has one relatively close call in the preliminaries — a 99-94 win over Lithuania — but the average margin of victory in the 5-0 run has been 38 points.

Their opponents in the quarterfinal (3:15-5 p.m., NBCSN/NBA basketball channel), Australia, went 3-2 in the prelims.

• The U.S. men’s water polo team takes on Croatia in the quarterfinals (2-3 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5). The U.S. men’s volleyball team takes on Italy in the quarterfinals (9-10:45 a.m., NBC/Ch. 5). The women’s beach volleyball gold-medal match will air in NBC primetime (7-10:05 p.m., Ch. 5); the women’s bronze-medal match is during the day (1-2 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5).

NBC primetime (7-10:05 p.m., Ch. 5): Gold medals will be awarded in women’s beach volleyball; track (the men’s 110m hurdles); and women’s platform diving.

Table tennis: Men’s gold-medal game (11-11:30 a.m., MSNBC)

Equestrian (9-9:45 a.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Gold-medal finals, individual jumping

Track and field (9:45-10 a.m.; 12:15-1 p.m.; 2:30-3 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Qualifying continues in several events; the 400m race in the decathlon.

Boxing: Women’s semifinals (11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., CNBC); men’s quarterfinals (3-6 p.m., CNBC).

Canoe/kayak (11:45-12:15 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Gold-medal finals in four events.

Field hockey (12:15-1 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Women’s semifinal

Cycling (3:3:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Men’s BMX qualifying