Not a problem was had by Team USA in its 47-point annihilation of Tunisia on Tuesday. Today's contest against Nigeria (2:15 p.m. California time) will be a little tougher but only a little. The Nigerians are 1-1 so far in this, their first-ever trip to the Olympics. They have under their belts a 4-point win over Tunisia and a loss to Lithuania by 19. Ike Diogu, formerly of Arizona State and literally seven different NBA teams, is averaging a double-double so far (12.5 points and 10 rebounds a game), as is New Orleans Hornet Al-Farouq Aminu (11 and 10) but no one else on their roster is NBA-quality.
This will be the first time the American and Nigerian national teams have ever faced each other. Interestingly, Team USA has never lost in 10 games against teams from Africa.