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Basketball, Men

Date6 – 21 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationArena Carioca 1, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants141 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

The heavy favorite in men’s basketball was the United States, which had not lost an international game since the semi-finals of the 2006 World Championships, when they were defeated by Greece. That year also coincided with the first year that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was asked to become the USA National coach, a job he continued through the Rio Olympics. Under Krzyzewski, the USA won the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medals, and the 2010 and 2014 World Championships, although in 2014 the name changed to World Cup. The only glimmer of hope for the other teams was that several of the USA’s best NBA players, among them LeBron James and Stephen Curry, elected not to play in the Olympics. It mattered little.

In group play the United States won all five of its games to qualify for group play, however, it was not that easy as the USA was challenged in several games. After comfortable wins over China and Venezuela, the US defeated Australia by only 10 points, and then survived very close games against Serbia and France, winning both by three points, and the US appeared vulnerable going into the elimination rounds. Also advancing from Group A were Australia, France and Serbia. In group B, Croatia, Spain, Lithuania, and Argentina finished in an unusual four-way tie with identical 3-2 records, with point differential breaking the tie, but only for seeding purposes.

The quarter-finals saw Australia, France, Serbia, and the United States advancing, as the USA defeated Argentina with ease, 105-78, putting to rest some rumors of their vulnerability. Serbia defeated Croatia in an internecine struggle. The semi-finals were closer for the USA, defeating Spain 82-76, but the game was actually not that tight. The final was a replay of the 2014 World Cup final, with the United States meeting Serbia, who they had only defeated 94-91 in group play, but the game was a romp, with the US winning 95-66, despite easing up in the fourth quarter. The bronze medal match was very close with Spain eking out a victory for the medal, defeating Australia, 89-88. For the winning US team, Carmelo Anthony became the first man to win three Olympic golds in basketball. The only good news for other nations was that Mike Krzyzewski, who had become the first basketball coach to lead a team to three gold medals, was stepping down as USA National coach, but he would be replaced by Gregg Popovich, considered the top coach in the NBA, for the San Antonio Spurs.

PosNrTeamNOCWLPtsPoints
1United StatesUSA8016807–627Gold1
2SerbiaSRB448665–627Silver2
3SpainESP5310689–594Bronze3
4AustraliaAUS5310683–6084
5CroatiaCRO336483–4935
6FranceFRA336490–4706
7LithuaniaLTU336456–5187
8ArgentinaARG336519–5338
9BrazilBRA234411–4079
10VenezuelaVEN142315–44410
11NigeriaNGR142392–44111
12People's Republic of ChinaCHN050318–46612

Preliminary Round (6 – 15 August 2016)

Group A (6 – 14 August 2016)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWTLPtsPoints
1USA5010524–407Q
2AUS418444–368Q
3FRA326423–378Q
4SRB234426–387Q
5VEN142315–444
6CHN050318–466

Match #106 Aug 14:15AUS 1387 – 66FRA 14
Match #206 Aug 19:00USA 15119 – 62CHN 16
Match #306 Aug 22:30SRB 1786 – 62VEN 18
Match #408 Aug 14:15AUS 1995 – 80SRB 20
Match #508 Aug 19:00USA 21113 – 69VEN 22
Match #608 Aug 22:30FRA 2388 – 60CHN 24
Match #710 Aug 14:15FRA 2576 – 75SRB 26
Match #810 Aug 19:00USA 2798 – 88AUS 28
Match #910 Aug 22:30VEN 2972 – 68CHN 30
Match #1012 Aug 14:15AUS 3193 – 68CHN 32
Match #1112 Aug 19:00USA 3394 – 91SRB 34
Match #1212 Aug 22:30FRA 3596 – 56VEN 36
Match #1314 Aug 14:15USA 37100 – 97FRA 38
Match #1414 Aug 19:00AUS 3981 – 56VEN 40
Match #1514 Aug 22:30SRB 4194 – 60CHN 42

Group B (7 – 15 August 2016)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWTLPtsPoints
1CRO326400–407Q
2ESP326432–357Q
3LTU326392–428Q
4ARG326441–428Q
5BRA234411–407
6NGR142392–441

Match #107 Aug 14:15LTU 4382 – 76BRA 44
Match #207 Aug 19:00CRO 4572 – 70ESP 46
Match #307 Aug 22:30ARG 4794 – 66NGR 48
Match #409 Aug 14:15BRA 4966 – 65ESP 50
Match #509 Aug 19:00LTU 5189 – 80NGR 52
Match #609 Aug 22:30ARG 5390 – 82CRO 54
Match #711 Aug 14:15CRO 5580 – 76BRA 56
Match #811 Aug 19:00ESP 5796 – 87NGR 58
Match #911 Aug 22:30LTU 5981 – 73ARG 60
Match #1013 Aug 14:15ARG 61111 – 107BRA 62
Match #1113 Aug 19:00ESP 63109 – 59LTU 64
Match #1213 Aug 22:30NGR 6590 – 76CRO 66
Match #1315 Aug 14:15BRA 6786 – 69NGR 68
Match #1415 Aug 19:00ESP 6992 – 73ARG 70
Match #1515 Aug 22:30CRO 7190 – 81LTU 72

Quarter-Finals (17 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #117 Aug 11:00AUS 7390 – 64LTU 74
Match #217 Aug 22:15ESP 7592 – 67FRA 76
Match #317 Aug 14:30USA 77105 – 78ARG 78
Match #417 Aug 19:45SRB 7986 – 83CRO 80

Semi-Finals (19 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to the final round.

Match #119 Aug 19:00USA 8182 – 76ESP 82
Match #219 Aug 15:30SRB 8387 – 61AUS 84

Final Round (21 August 2016)

Medal round.

Match 1/221 Aug 15:45USA 8596 – 66SRB 86
Match 3/421 Aug 11:30ESP 8789 – 88AUS 88

Rankings

Points
Scoring Average
2-point Field Goals Made
2-point Field Goals %
3-point Field Goals Made
3-point Field Goals %
Total Field Goals Attempted
Total Field Goals %
Free Throws Made
Free Throws %
Total Rebounds
Assists
Steals
Turnovers
Blocked Shots
Personal Fouls