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Basketball at the 1968 Summer Olympics

Basketball contests at the 1968 Summer Olympics took place at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico from October 13 to October 25, 1968. The United States defeated Yugoslavia to win their seventh straight gold medal in this sport, while the Soviet Union earned the bronze against Brazil.

7th Olympic Basketball Tournament
Mexico City 1968
Tournament details
Olympics 1968 Summer Olympics
Host nation Mexico
City Mexico City
Duration October 13–25, 1968
Men's tournament
Teams 16
Medals
1 Gold medalists  United States
2 Silver medalists Yugoslavia
3 Bronze medalists  Soviet Union
Tournaments
← Tokyo 1964  Munich 1972 →

Contents

Medal summaryEdit

QualificationEdit

Automatic qualifications were granted to the host country and the first five places at the previous tournament. Additional spots were decided by various continental tournaments held by FIBA plus two additional intercontinental tournaments that granted two extra berths each.

Africa Americas Asia Europe Automatic qualifiers
  Senegal
  Morocco
  Panama
  Cuba
  Philippines
  South Korea
  SFR Yugoslavia
  Bulgaria
  Spain
  Poland
  United StatesGold medal in 1964
  Soviet UnionSilver medal in 1964
  BrazilBronze medal in 1964
  Puerto Rico – 4th place in 1964
  Italy – 5th place in 1964
  Mexico – Olympic hosts

FormatEdit

  • 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.

Preliminary roundEdit

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.

Group AEdit

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
  United States 7 0 599 392 +207 14
  SFR Yugoslavia 6 1 592 511 +81 13
  Italy 5 2 562 539 +23 12
  Spain 4 3 557 548 +9 11
  Puerto Rico 3 4 493 468 +25 10
  Panama 2 5 572 624 −52 9
  Philippines 1 6 525 636 −111 8
  Senegal 0 7 383 565 −182 7

October 13

October 14

October 15

October 16

October 18

October 19

October 20

Group BEdit

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
  Soviet Union 7 0 642 408 +234 14
  Brazil 6 1 561 418 +143 13
  Mexico 5 2 493 443 +50 12
  Poland 4 3 473 504 −31 11
  Bulgaria 3 4 456 478 −22 10
  Cuba 2 5 514 532 −18 9
  South Korea 1 6 453 530 −77 8
  Morocco 0 7 355 634 −279 7

October 13

October 14

October 15

October 16

October 18

October 19

October 20

Knockout stageEdit

Medal bracketEdit

  Semifinals (October 22)[1]     Gold medal (October 25)
                 
  A1   United States 75  
  B2   Brazil 63    
      A1   United States 65
      A2   SFR Yugoslavia 50
  B1   Soviet Union 62    
  A2   SFR Yugoslavia 63   Bronze medal (October 25)
 
B2   Brazil 53
  B1   Soviet Union 70

Classification bracketsEdit

5th–8th Place

  Semifinals (October 22)     5th place (October 25)
                 
  A3   Italy 52  
  B4   Poland 66    
      B3   Poland 65
      B4   Mexico 75
  B3   Mexico 73    
  A4   Spain 72   7th place (October 25)
 
A3   Italy 72
  A4   Spain 88

9th–12th Place

  Semifinals (October 23)     9th place (October 24)
                 
  A5   Puerto Rico 71  
  B6   Cuba 65    
      A5   Puerto Rico 67
      B5   Bulgaria 57
  B5   Bulgaria 83    
  A6   Panama 79   11th place (October 24)
 
A6   Cuba 91
  B6   Panama 88

13th–16th Place

  Semifinals (October 23)     13th place (October 24)
                 
  A7   Philippines 86  
  B8   Morocco 57    
      A7   Philippines 66
      B7   South Korea 63
  B7   South Korea 76    
  A8   Senegal 59   14th place (October 24)
 
B8   Morocco 38
  A8   Senegal 42

Final standingsEdit

Rank Team Pld W L
    United States 9 9 0
    SFR Yugoslavia 9 7 2
    Soviet Union 9 8 1
4th   Brazil 9 6 3
5th   Mexico 9 7 2
6th   Poland 9 5 4
7th   Spain 9 4 5
8th   Italy 9 5 4
9th   Puerto Rico 9 5 4
10th   Bulgaria 9 4 5
11th   Cuba 9 3 6
12th   Panama 9 2 7
13th   Philippines 9 3 6
14th   South Korea 9 2 7
15th   Senegal 9 1 8
16th   Morocco 9 0 9

AwardsEdit

1968 Olympic Basketball Champions
 
United States
Seventh title

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit