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The truth is, those of us watching can't lose either way, because we get to see Bogdan Bogdanovic square off against Croatia's Bojan Bogdanovic in an irresistible battle for Slavic surname supremacy.

It's conceivable that we're being too hard on the Croats.

The Serbs, furthermore, played so well in their Friday night date with the United States that it's easy to forget they lost the three most significant games they played in Group A, falling to France by one and Australia by 15 in addition to the 94-91 heartbreaker against the heavy, heavy Olympic favorites.

I guess we're as guilty as anyone, frankly, of buying into the Serbs' potential after a firsthand look at how they hung with Team USA, because we're firmly predicting a Serbia derby win despite the preceding paragraph.

Group A was widely regarded as the weaker of the two groups coming into Olympic play, but there's nothing easy about Team USA's path to the gold-medal game now, with either Spain or France waiting in the semifinals provided Mike Krzyzewski's squad prevails Wednesday night.

Even before the quarterfinal pairings were made official, France coach Vincent Collet had a premonition that his country would be drawn against Spain in the final eight. France indeed stunned Spain -- in Spain -- in the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Collet says he still has no explanation for the hammering France absorbed from Australia in the tournament opener -- "We didn't play as a team that day and I don't know why," he said -- but has to be heartened by the way his team has rebounded.