China finished in fourth-place in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The top team in Asia, the Chinese are ranked No. 7 in the world by FIBA. So why does FullCourt.com think they may founder at the preliminary-round stage and may consider themselves just happy to be in London for the 2012 Olympics?
The medal round starts Wednesday for the United States (4-0), Australia (3-1), Brazil (4-0), Russia (3-1) and Italy (3-1) -- and it will be a surprise if three of those teams don't wind up clibming the podium Aug. 4.
OK, it's possible Ukraine might be able to get its act together, but the Ukrainians will have to beat Australia at 7 a.m. (Pacific time) Monday to convince anyone they can do much against the better teams. After all, that 33-point loss to the United States was followed by an upset by the lightly regarded Koreans, and there will be no Koreas in the medal round.