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Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by semid4lyfe(m): 7:21am On Aug 01, 2012

D'Tigers of Nigeria will take on Team USA it's 3rd game in the London 2012 Olympics on Thursday.

Nigeria pulled off a 60-56 win in it's first game against Tunisia on Sunday and followed up with a predictably less favorable result against Eastern European powerhouse Lithuania, losing 72-53 on Tuesday. Head coach Ayo Bakare's boys managed to hit a mere 24.2 percent of their shots against the Lithuanians, including just 1-of-16 from the three.

Team USA on the other hand will be taking on its second Olympic newcomer when it meets Nigeria in London on Thursday. The Americans appeared to be a bit overconfident out of the gate in their most recent matchup against Tunisia, though they eventually rolled to a 110-63 thrashing behind a superb effort from their reserves.

The Nigerians are no slouches, however, at least for first-time Olympians. They feature three players—Al-Farouq Aminu, Ike Diogu and Olumide Oyedeji—who are, or have been, employed by NBA teams, along with a host of others who played college basketball in the States.

That collection of talent helped Nigeria squeak into the London field by way of a qualifying tournament in Venezuela in July, in which they defeated Lithuania and Greece.

Of course, USA Basketball stands head, shoulders, knees and toes (knees and toes) above those two, which should merit a sizable advantage for the Yanks.

Then again, that's why the NBA exists and the games are played, right?


NIGERIA'S ROSTER
Guards: Tony Skinn, Derrick Obasohan, Richard Oruche, Ade Dagunduro, Chamberlain Oguchi
Forwards: Ike Diogu, Al-Farouq Aminu, Kiki Archibong, Ekene Ibekwe, Ejike Ugboaja
Centers: Olumide Oyedeji, Alade Aminu


USA'S ROSTER
Guards: Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, James Harden
Forwards: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, Andre Iguodala
Centers: Tyson Chandler, Anthony Davis


GAME ANALYSIS:
America's starters looked like they were mired in memories of 2004 when they took the floor against Tunisia. They settled for long jump shots on offense, looked lethargic on defense, and displayed a general disinterest in their overmatched opponent.

Mike Krzyzewski's mass substitutions helped to turn the beat around for his team, but was indicative of a lackadaisical overconfidence that could come back to bite the gold-medal favorites before too long.

Nigeria presents a similar mental challenge to Team USA's sense of focus, but with decidedly better talent than Tunisia. A slow start would hardly doom the Americans against the Nigerians, but they can't afford to develop bad habits with tougher competition on the horizon.

The longer it takes the Americans to get their engines revved up against their inferior competitors, the closer David can come to felling Goliath.


GAME
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by semid4lyfe(m): 8:40am On Aug 01, 2012
Can David kill Goliath on Thursday? Don't think so cos Team USA dey vex. . . .

I'll consider losing by not more than 30 points a victory cry

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Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by FBS: 10:01am On Aug 01, 2012
I dont want to witness this beating. No chance. grin
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by semid4lyfe(m): 10:18am On Aug 01, 2012
FBS: I dont want to witness this beating. No chance. grin

All ye men of little faith grin cheesy
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Rheinmetal(m): 10:19am On Aug 01, 2012
We might all just be living witnesses to the "miracle of London" can I get an Amen?

Ok, might just settle for a Hoooraaaah!!!

On a serious note, why does that Mission Impossible theme song keep playing in my head

Never mind, Go D'Tigers give it your best shot. Y'all got nuffin to lose- and work on your shots while you are it.
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Nebeuwa(m): 2:23pm On Aug 01, 2012
Andre Iguodala is going against his fatherland. grin
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Fhemmmy: 2:23pm On Aug 01, 2012
semid4lyfe:

All ye men of little faith grin cheesy

Tell them oh . . . cos it might be the biggest upset of any sport in history
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Afam4eva(m): 2:29pm On Aug 01, 2012
I know we're gonna get beat but the margin of this defeat is what i don't know. What i know for sure is that this match will make the Nigerian team stronger when they face their remaining opponents.

Nebeuwa: Andre Iguodala is going against his fatherland. grin
Nebeuwa: Andre Iguodala is going against his fatherland. grin
So, he's playing for the US team.

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Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Nobody: 2:30pm On Aug 01, 2012
My prediction is:
USA ..... 156
NIG ...... 73
You'll say I said it. It's going to be an 83 point margin.
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Chanchit: 2:32pm On Aug 01, 2012
I'm running away frm the troubles in ma life 2moro, xpecially that match, i won't even branch NL for update...
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Nobody: 2:32pm On Aug 01, 2012
see beating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by tellwisdom: 2:39pm On Aug 01, 2012
Kobe Bryant, James Harden, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony <--------Just these men
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by ANYPEN(m): 2:40pm On Aug 01, 2012
No matter how the court analysis is done, we're going down tomorrow but I will leave a very tiny space for miracles the type I left for Chelsea against Barcelona in the UCL.
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Acidosis(m): 2:40pm On Aug 01, 2012
Please what time is the match so I will know when to turn off the T.V

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Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Afam4eva(m): 2:42pm On Aug 01, 2012
ANY-PEN :
No matter how the court analysis is done, we're going down tomorrow but I will leave a very tiny space for miracles the type I left for Chelsea against Barcelona in the UCL.
lmao
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by ortopazz(m): 2:50pm On Aug 01, 2012
tellwisdom: Kobe Bryant, James Harden, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony <--------Just these men


just the thought of it makes me sick abi ill, I mean the tin go bad o! No be noise, those guys fit maul us, o!
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Nobody: 2:51pm On Aug 01, 2012
Nebeuwa: Andre Iguodala is going against his fatherland. grin
The only thing Nigerian about that guy is his surname. but seriously nuthing short of a miracle will make us survive this. I predict a severe a$$ whupping the like that has never been seen in basketball ( or Olympics) history. that being said GO TIGERS!!!!!
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by FBS: 2:52pm On Aug 01, 2012
semid4lyfe:

All ye men of little faith grin cheesy
stop that story abeg. cheesy I just wonder what Tony Skinn can do against LBJ. cheesy
Anyways, GO TIGERS! grin grin
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by wandeay: 2:53pm On Aug 01, 2012
we don hear
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by tellwisdom: 2:53pm On Aug 01, 2012
ortopazz:


just the thought of it makes me sick abi ill, I mean the tin go bad o! No be noise, those guys fit maul us, o!


No two ways about it bro
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Nobody: 2:55pm On Aug 01, 2012
God abeg : Na wetin we do you ?

Last time Lithuania. Next. USA ?

Na this kind time we need Otumopko.
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Siga: 2:55pm On Aug 01, 2012
I dont see it happening make USA slow down on Naija....its a wrap....these US boys dey play with purpose...anything but Gold is a disaster...if dem no massacre naija team...IOC go toss them like them toss those 8 badminton players for not playing well to their potentials...lol

http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/01/sport/olympics-badminton-scandal/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Okijajuju1(m): 2:56pm On Aug 01, 2012
FINAL SCORES: USA 250 vs. NIGERIA 50

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Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Nobody: 2:57pm On Aug 01, 2012
FBS:
stop that story abeg. cheesy I just wonder what Tony Skinn can do against LBJ. cheesy
Anyways, GO TIGERS! grin grin

Kak dela .
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Afam4eva(m): 2:58pm On Aug 01, 2012
Okija_juju: FINAL SCORES: USA 250 vs. NIGERIA 50
So, with your juju, you can't even help us instead you're making fun of us. Abeg, tell your alusi to make this people to take it easy on us. Biko grin
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Okijajuju1(m): 2:58pm On Aug 01, 2012
afam4eva:
So, with your juju, you can't even help us instead you're making fun of us. Abeg, tell your alusi to make this people to take it easy on us. Biko grin

Even Juju get limit!! cheesy
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Nobody: 2:59pm On Aug 01, 2012
As I look the US line up na him I burst laugh,but u culd neva tell,Nigerian dream team winning brazil and Argentina in 1996 was a shock to the world,could happen again
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Afam4eva(m): 2:59pm On Aug 01, 2012
Okija_juju:

Even Juju get limit!! cheesy
lmao
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by ortopazz(m): 3:03pm On Aug 01, 2012
ANY-PEN :
No matter how the court analysis is done, we're going down tomorrow but I will leave a very tiny space for miracles the type I left for Chelsea against Barcelona in the UCL.


e come badt say , no be soccer be thish wey guys fit park block post, I mean this U.S.A team dey play b'ball like say na frisbee, after one go throw the other go katch 4 air, I mean how we wan take do am, I can imagine dunk of the olympics in this tournament.

Sha I go join livestream 4 nairaland, buh mouths wey dey here ehn, is enough 4
R.I.P
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by Afam4eva(m): 3:04pm On Aug 01, 2012
On a second thought, i don't think people would have been this negative had we beaten Lithuania. Never say never.
Re: Nigeria Vs USA: Olympics Basketball (73 - 156) On 2nd August 2012 by isquar3d3(m): 3:04pm On Aug 01, 2012
i'v tot and tot abt watchn d match against u.s.a afta our defeat yesterday and later concluded dat i'l make my mind up afta watchn how tunisia performd against them. If dem tunis boys cld score 60pts against them, our team shld b able 2 too. We def are gon get beaten bt d margin is d koko. Let'em go enjoy d nite joor.

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