Basketball at the 1964 Summer Olympics
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Basketball contests at the 1964 Summer Olympics was the sixth appearance of the sport of basketball as an official Olympic medal event. It took place at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan from October 11 to October 23. The United States defeated the Soviet Union to win their sixth straight gold medal at this event, while Brazil earned the bronze against Puerto Rico.
|6th Olympic Basketball Tournament|
|Olympics||1964 Summer Olympics|
Automatic qualifications were granted to the host country and the first eight places at the previous tournament. Additional spots were decided by various continental tournaments held by FIBA plus two additional intercontinental tournaments that granted six extra berths total, after the withdrawal of United Arab Republic and Czechoslovakia.
|Means of qualification||Date||Venue||Berths||Qualified|
|1960 Summer Olympics||26 August–10 September 1960||Rome||United States|
|1963 Pan American Games||23 April–3 May 1963||São Paulo||2||Puerto Rico|
|FIBA Africa Championship 1964||4–8 March 1964||Casablanca||1||United Arab Republic[a]|
|European Pre-Olympic Tournament||4–13 June 1964||Geneva||2||Finland|
|Pan-Continental Pre-Olympic Tournament||25 September–3 October 1964||Yokohama||Mexico|
- Two groups of eight teams are formed, where the top two from each group compete for the medals in a knockout round.
- The remaining places are defined as follows:
- Fifth through eighth places are decided in a separate bracket between the third and fourth places from each group in a separate bracket.
- Ninth through sixteenth places are decided between the fifth through eighth places from each group in separate brackets.
For the team rosters see: Basketball at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Men's team rosters.
The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals, while the remaining teams compete for 5th through 16th places in separate brackets. Both group leaders, the United States and the Soviet Union advanced undefeated to the knockout stage.
|1||Soviet Union||7||7||0||562||424||+138||14||Advanced to the semifinals|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored;
|Qualified for the semifinals|
|Semifinals (October 20)||5th place (October 22)|
|A4||Italy||75||7th place (October 22)|
|Semifinals (October 21)||9th place (October 23)|
|A6||Japan||54||11th place (October 23)|
|Semifinals (October 20)||13th place (October 22)|
|A8||Canada||82||15th place (October 22)|
|1964 Olympic Basketball Champions|