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08/08/2012 04:52 pm ET | Updated Aug 08, 2012

U.S. Basketball vs. Australia LIVE UPDATES: Olympic Men's Basketball Quarterfinals

Now, it's time to win or go home (or, more likely, wait around until the closing ceremonies).

After mostly cruising (for exception, see: Lithuania) through group play going undefeated with five wins, the U.S. men's basketball team's quest for the gold continues in the quarterfinals against Australia.

Out of five games in the group stage, four of the U.S. wins were blowouts. They had a record-breaking performance against Nigeria, scoring the most points in a single game in Olympic history with 156. The U.S. shooters went cold in their next game, however, barely avoiding an upset against Lithuania and then dominated Argentina in the final game 126-97.

Australia didn't look like it would even make it to the quarterfinals after dropping the first two games of group play to Brazil and Spain. Led by guard Patrick Mills, the Aussies reeled off three straight wins to advance to the next stage.

But now Mills, who was second overall in scoring in group play, will have to go against Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook.

Will the U.S. win another game with ease? Or will Australia pull off one of the biggest upsets of the Olympics?

Stay tuned for live updates throughout the game and we'll be sure to keep you up to speed on all the other Olympics action:

08/13/2012 12:19 AM EDT

"I can't believe it's over."

Hours after the closing ceremony actually ended in London, NBC played back some recordings of athlete interviews done on the floor of the Olympic Stadium in the immediate aftermath of the performance by The Who.

Up first, 17-year-old swim star Missy Franklin summed up the feelings of everyone who has been contributing to this live blog for the past 17 days.

"I can't believe it's over," Franklin told Michelle Tafoya of NBC.

Thanks for enjoying (and/or not enjoying) everything that has happened during the London Olympics with us.

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08/13/2012 12:02 AM EDT

At Long Last..

NBC has returned from your local news and its new sitcom with.. The Who. It's midnight on the East Coast and well past the bedtime of all the band members in the UK.

08/12/2012 11:08 PM EDT

PHOTOS: The Who Performed Already

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08/12/2012 11:06 PM EDT

@ Blueskyfox :

Sorry @NBC, not playing your switch-and-bait game trying to get me to watch your monkey show. #SwitchingChannels

08/12/2012 11:05 PM EDT

@ Dowminator :

Really! I want to see The Who more than I want to watch NBC's newest comedy...

08/12/2012 11:04 PM EDT

@ GlennaRegan :

Seriously, NBC? Animal Practice preview? You can't interrupt the Closing Ceremony with a promo for your dumb new show...

08/12/2012 11:04 PM EDT

@ davewordnerd :

How desperate is NBC? Gotta interrupt tape-delayed Olympic closing ceremony to show a stupid sitcom?

08/12/2012 11:03 PM EDT

@ ashleyesq :

Leave it to NBC to split the #closingceremonies...for those that care, apparently the end end will be on at 11:00

08/12/2012 11:03 PM EDT

@ davidlasseter :

Oh, so you have to sit through Animal Practice to get to The Who. NBC using the whole fist on us.

08/12/2012 11:03 PM EDT

One Last NBC Fail...

With everyone knowing that The WHO already played in London hours ago but still waiting to see them during the Closing Ceremony broadcast, NBC decides to debut a new sitcom. So, you have to wait for this to see "Baba O'Riley" and "See Me, Feel Me" and "My Generation."

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