The US women’s basketball team is off to Tokyo for the 2021 Summer Olympics in search of their seventh straight gold medal. Team USA last failed to take gold in 1992 when the CIS (formerly USSR, now Russia, and occasionally ROC) beat them in the semifinals. The US beat Cuba for bronze that year.
The Americans are joined in Group B by Japan, France, and Nigeria. Team USA entered the Olympics as a heavy favorite to win gold at -1100 and DraftKings Sportsbook bettors backing them in a big way. Australia followed at +1500. Notably, Nigeria at +10000 has the second most handle with 16% of bettors taking the longshots.
Here’s how Group B looks with the schedule, results, and standings. The top two teams advance to the knockout stage. The top two third-place teams among the three groups also get spots in the knockout stage.
Group B standings
USA: 3-0, 6 points — Advanced to knockout stage
Japan: 2-1, 5 points — Advanced to knockout stage
France: 1-2, 4 point — Advanced to knockout stage
Nigeria: 0-3, 3 point
Group B schedule
Tuesday, July 27
Japan 74, France 70
USA 81, Nigeria 72
Friday, July 30
USA 86, Japan 69
France 87, Nigeria 62
Monday, August 2
Japan 102, Nigeria 83
USA 93, France 82