Team USA and Iran both enter Wednesday’s Olympic group-play contest in desperate need of a win.
The U.S. men’s basketball team is coming off a disappointing performance against France, the new favorite to win Group A. Evan Fournier led the way for France with a game-high 28 points on 11-of-22 shooting, and France finished the Olympic opener on a 16-2 run to hand Team USA its first Olympic loss since 2004.
Iran, meanwhile, fell to the Czech Republic in its first Olympic game despite a valiant comeback effort in the fourth quarter. Behnam Yakhchali totaled 23 points, four assists and three rebounds in the loss.
It’s clear Team USA is far superior to Iran in terms of overall talent, but that was also the case for previous matchups that ended in defeat. If the Americans want to get back on the right track, they must treat every opponent with the proper amount of respect, regardless of what the world rankings say.
Here is a complete guide to watching the USA vs. Iran men’s basketball game at the 2021 Olympics, including the start time, a full TV schedule and live-streaming information.
USA vs. Iran start time
- Date: Wednesday, July 28
- Time: 12:40 a.m. ET | 9:40 p.m. PT
The U.S. men’s basketball team will continue group play vs. Iran at 12:40 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 28. It will also face the Czech Republic in the group stage.
What channel is USA vs. Iran basketball on?
- TV channels: Not available on cable
- Live stream: Peacock, NBCOlympics.com
The next two U.S. men’s basketball games won’t be broadcast live on cable television in the United States. Instead, they will air exclusively on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service.
Peacock is free to watch with ads, or you can pay a monthly charge of $4.99 for Peacock Premium (no ads). The paid subscription is required to watch Team USA basketball games.
Olympics live streams
NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, will provide coverage of select live events, including track and field, gymnastics and basketball. A Peacock Premium subscription (no ads) costs $4.99 per month.
|Streaming option||Cable subscription needed?||Free?||Cost||Free trial?|
|AT&T TV Now||No||No||$69.99/month||No|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||No||No||$64.99/month||Yes|
USA basketball schedule 2021
|Date||Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|July 25||France 83, USA 76||8 a.m.||Peacock|
|July 28||USA vs. Iran||12:40 a.m.||Peacock|
|July 31||USA vs. Czech Republic||8 a.m.||Peacock|
|Aug. 3||Men’s basketball quarterfinals||TBD||TBD|
|Aug. 5||Men’s basketball semifinals||TBD||TBD|
|Aug. 6||Men’s basketball gold-medal game||10:30 p.m.||NBC, fuboTV|
|Aug. 7||Men’s basketball bronze-medal game||7 a.m.||TBD|