USA vs. Australia in the women's basketball semi finals at the London 2012 Olympics takes place on Thursday, promising to be the game of the women's tournament. Tip off is at 12 noon ET and can be watched online through live stream (details below).
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This semi final should be a fierce contest. These two sides have played each other in the past three Olympic finals; in 2000, 2004 and again in 2008. They meet again this time, but in the semi finals.
Australia have consistently been USA women's basketball team's biggest challenger for the Olympic gold medal for more than a decade and that rivalry is set to continue Thursday.
"We can't control when we play them," U.S. coach Geno Auriemma told reporters. "They are a talented team with really good posts in Lauren Jackson and Liz Cambage. We just need to keep getting better every game and focus on what we do."
Even though Australia have been Team USA's greatest adversary, the U.S. team has come out on top every time at the Olympics. All three previous finals went the way of Team USA, and even in 1996 - the last time these two sides met in the Olympic semi finals - Team USA again won by a healthy 22 point margin.
There is no doubt Team USA are hot favorites for today's game and also the gold medal. They have won four consecutive gold medals in this event, and they will be looking to make it five in a row in the next few days.
Team USA's trio of Candace Parker, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles will be important for the United States to counter the height of the Australian side.
No side yet has been able to even cause Team USA any headaches, let alone get anywhere near beating them. They have won their six tournament games so far by an average margin of 38 points.
"We're operating on a lot of good cylinders right now," Auriemma has said. "That could change. It's all about making shots in the Olympics. We're not going to keep Lauren Jackson and Liz Cambage from getting shots."
USA vs. Australia in the women's basketball semi final at the London 2012 Olympics takes place on Thursday from 12 noon ET and can be watched online through live stream by clicking HERE.