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Three Cougs in Olympic basketball action today

For the first time this Summer, Aron Baynes, Brock Motum and Klay Thompson will all be in action on the same day.

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There are just 8 men's basketball teams still in contention for a gold medal in Rio... And of those 96 players, 3 attended Washington State University.

Klay Thompson of Team USA and Aron Baynes and Brock Motum of Team Australia will all play tomorrow with a shot at the semi-finals on the line.

After looking like they would cruise to the gold medal, the United States has run into some trouble in recent games. They won their first three games in Olympic play by a grand total of 111 points. Their last two? Just six points. On Friday, Serbia had a wide open chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but their shot came up just short. Klay had been struggling up to that point in Olympic play, but his 30 point performance helped team USA scrape out a 100-97 win over France.

Next on tap for Klay and the Americans: Manu Ginolbili, Luis Scola and Team Argentina. Tip off is set for 2:45 PT on NBCSN. The US is favored by 23.5 points, but the Argentines are looking for a repeat of their shocking 2004 89-81 upset of team USA.

But before that game tips off, two other Cougs will hit the floor in Rio. Brock Motum and Aron Baynes will look to advance to the semi-finals as the "Boomers" from Australia take on former Gonzaga Bulldog Domantas Sabonis and Lithuania.

Baynes has been one of the top contributors for Australia, while Motum's stats have been sparse. But he scored a personal tournament best 15 in Australia's 93-68 win over China on Friday.

Tip off in that one set for 7 AM and you can watch it on USA Network.


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