U.S. gets a dose of what to expect in medal round

Updated: August 23, 2006, 2:19 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN Insider
SAPPORO, Japan -- Team USA now knows what it's up against. Deep down, many of them had never really believed it before, no matter how many times they tried to sound sincere.

Now, it's different. Now they know how tough the competition really is. They've experienced the true wake-up call.

Team USA trailed Italy 45-36 at halftime on Wednesday when Carmelo Anthony walked into the locker room and took a look around.

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