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Today's Olympic Update!

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In 1991, after Duke upset UNLV in the Final Four, Coach K saw his players getting a bit carried away and put an immediate stop to it.  Telling his players they hadn't won anything yet, he told them to get over themselves and focus on Kansas. If not he told them, they could forget the title.  Odds are he doesn't have the same speech ready for his hardened pros, but he likely has a similar concern.

The U.S. played brilliant basketball in the opening round of the Olympic tournament, and they have already overhauled the global perception of the U.S. program.  Whether it's Dwyane Wade imposing sixth man role, or LeBron James assuming leadership, or lately Tayshaun Prince stepping up, you know, these guys are playing brilliant basketball.

But they haven't won a thing yet, and Australia is, the Americans aside, the hottest team in the Olympics.  No one has forgotten that they hung with the U.S in their exhibition matchup, and no one has forgotten their revelation of a point guard in Patrick Mills, who may become the first Aborigine to play in the NBA.  He's amazing.

The good news, though, is that the U.S. has seen him already, and Coach K, we're sure, is going into film mode. 

James says the team has played with an attitude so far, and he intends to continue that.  If the U.S. can disrupt the other teams as they've done so far, it's going to be very, very difficult to beat them.  But the Aussies, and perhaps Argentina, may have the best shots.Incidentally, anyone who is already comparing this team to the Dream Team should take a break.  It's way too early. 

The Australian game is Wednesday at about 10:00 A.M.  See you at the TV!