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Basketball at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Basketball contests at the 1972 Summer Olympics took place at Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle in Munich, Germany from August 27 to September 9. The Soviet Union won the gold medal, after a controversial gold medal game against the United States. This was the first time the USA did not win a gold medal since the sport's introduction into the Olympics in 1936. The bronze was won by Cuba, the only Olympic medal they have won in basketball.

8th Olympic Basketball Tournament
Munich 1972
Tournament details
Olympics 1972 Summer Olympics
Host nation West Germany
City Munich
Duration August 27 – September 9
Men's tournament
Teams 16
Medals
1 Gold medalists  Soviet Union
2 Silver medalists United States
3 Bronze medalists  Cuba
Tournaments
← Mexico City 1968  Montreal 1976 →

Contents

Medal summaryEdit

QualificationEdit

Automatic qualifications were granted to the host country and the first four places at the previous tournament. Additional spots were decided by various continental tournaments held by FIBA plus an additional pre-Olympic tournament that granted two extra berths.

Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania Automatic qualifiers
  Egypt[a]
  Senegal
  Cuba
  Puerto Rico
  Japan
  Philippines
  Italy
  Czechoslovakia
  Poland
  Spain
  Australia   United StatesGold medal in 1968
  YugoslaviaSilver medal in 1968
  Soviet UnionBronze medal in 1968
  Brazil – 4th place in 1968
  West Germany – Olympic hosts
  • a Egypt withdrew from the tournament following the events of the Munich massacre.

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.

Tie-breaking criteria:

  1. Head to head results
  2. Goal average (not the goal difference) between the tied teams

Preliminary roundEdit

Group AEdit

The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals, while the remaining teams compete for 5th through 16th places in separate brackets.

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts 1st Tie
  United States 7 0 542 312 +230 14
  Cuba 6 1 560 445 +115 13
  Brazil 4 3 561 490 +71 11 1W–0L
  Czechoslovakia 4 3 493 489 +4 11 0W–1L
  Spain 3 4 486 500 −14 10 1W–0L
  Australia 3 4 523 524 −1 10 0W–1L
  Japan 1 6 442 643 −201 8
  Egypt 0 7 440 644 −204 7
August 27
10:30
Cuba   105–64   Egypt
August 27
12:00
United States   66–35   Czechoslovakia
August 27
14:30
Japan   55–110   Brazil
August 27
20:00
Spain   79–74   Australia
August 28
9:00
Brazil   110–84   Egypt
August 28
14:30
United States   81–55   Australia
August 28
16:00
Cuba   74–53   Spain
August 28
20:00
Japan   61–74   Czechoslovakia
August 29
9:00
Brazil   72–69   Spain
August 29
14:30
Japan   78–73   Egypt
August 29
20:00
Czechoslovakia   69–68   Australia
August 29
21:30
United States   67–48   Cuba
August 30
10:30
Egypt   58–72   Spain
August 30
14:30
Japan   76–92   Australia
August 30
16:00
Czechoslovakia   65–77   Cuba
August 30
21:30
Brazil   54–61   United States
September 1
21:30
Japan   76–87   Spain
September 1
21:30
Australia   70–84   Cuba
September 1
21:30
Egypt   31–96   United States
September 1
21:30
Czechoslovakia   82–83   Brazil
September 2
9:00
Australia   75–69   Brazil
September 2
12:00
Egypt   64–94   Czechoslovakia
September 2
14:30
Japan   63–108   Cuba
September 2
18:30
Spain   56–72   United States
September 3
9:00
Japan   33–99   United States
September 3
10:30
Spain   70–74   Czechoslovakia
September 3
18:30
Australia   89–66   Egypt
September 3
21:30
Cuba   64–63   Brazil

Group BEdit

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts 1st Tie 2nd Tie
  Soviet Union 7 0 639 479 +160 14
  Italy 5 2 547 471 +76 12 1W–1L 1.072
  Yugoslavia 5 2 582 484 +98 12 1W–1L 1.013
  Puerto Rico 5 2 570 531 +39 12 1W–1L 0.917
  West Germany 3 4 482 518 −36 10
  Poland 2 5 520 536 −16 9
  Philippines 1 6 526 666 −140 8
  Senegal 0 7 405 586 −181 7
August 27
9:00
Poland   90–75   Philippines
August 27
16:00
SFR Yugoslavia   85–78   Italy
August 27
18:30
Senegal   52–94   Soviet Union
August 27
21:30
West Germany   74–81   Puerto Rico
August 28
12:00
West Germany   63–87   Soviet Union
August 28
16:30
Senegal   56–92   Italy
August 28
18:30
Puerto Rico   92–72   Philippines
August 28
21:30
Poland   64–85   Yugoslavia
August 29
10:30
Senegal   59–95   Poland
August 29
12:00
Soviet Union   79–66   Italy
August 29
16:00
Puerto Rico   79–74   Yugoslavia
August 29
18:30
West Germany   93–74   Philippines
August 30
9:00
Soviet Union   94–64   Poland
August 30
12:00
West Germany   57–68   Italy
August 30
18:30
Philippines   76–117   Yugoslavia
August 30
20:00
Puerto Rico   92–57   Senegal
September 1
9:00
Senegal   62–68   Philippines
September 1
12:00
West Germany   56–81   Yugoslavia
September 1
20:00
Italy   71–59   Poland
September 1
21:30
Soviet Union   100–87   Puerto Rico
September 2
12:00
SFR Yugoslavia   73–57   Senegal
September 2
14:30
West Germany   67–65   Poland
September 2
16:00
Philippines   80–111   Soviet Union
September 2
20:00
Italy   71–54   Puerto Rico
September 3
12:00
Italy   101–81   Philippines
September 3
14:30
Poland   83–85   Puerto Rico
September 3
16:00
SFR Yugoslavia   67–74   Soviet Union
September 3
20:00
West Germany   72–62   Senegal

Knockout stageEdit

Medal bracketEdit

  Semifinals (September 7[1])     Gold medal (September 9)
                 
  A1   United States 68  
  B2   Italy 38    
      A1   United States 50
      B1   Soviet Union 51
  B1   Soviet Union 67    
  A2   Cuba 61   Bronze medal (September 8)
 
B2   Italy 65
  A2   Cuba 66

Classification bracketsEdit

5th–8th place

  Semifinals (September 7[1])     5th place (September 9)
                 
  A3   Brazil 83  
  B4   Puerto Rico 87    
      B4   Puerto Rico 70
      B3   Yugoslavia 86
  B3   Yugoslavia 66    
  A4   Czechoslovakia 63   7th place (September 8)
 
B3   Brazil 87
  A4   Czechoslovakia 69

9th–12th place

  Semifinals (September 5)     9th place (September 9)
                 
  A5   Spain 76  
  B6   Poland 87    
      B6   Poland 83
      A6   Australia 91
  B5   West Germany 69    
  A6   Australia 70   11th place (September 8)
 
A5   Spain 84
  B5   West Germany 83

13th–16th place

  Semifinals (September 5)     13th place (September 7)
                 
  A7   Japan 70  
  B8   Senegal 67    
      A7   Japan 73
      B7   Philippines 82
  B7   Philippines 2    
  A8   Egypt 0[a]   15th place
 
B8   Egypt 0[a]
  A8   Senegal 2
  • a Forfeited match.

FinalEdit

September 9
23:30
Soviet Union   51–50   United States
Scoring by half: 26–21, 25–29
Pts: Sergey Belov 20
Rebs: Alexander Belov 8
Pts: Tom Henderson, Jim Brewer 9 each
Rebs: Mike Bantom 9
Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle, Munich
Referees: Renato Righetto (Brazil), Artenik Arabadjian (Bulgaria)

Final standingsEdit

Rank Team Pld W L
    Soviet Union 9 9 0
    United States 9 8 1
    Cuba 9 7 2
4th   Italy 9 5 4
5th   Yugoslavia 9 7 2
6th   Puerto Rico 9 6 3
7th   Brazil 9 5 4
8th   Czechoslovakia 9 4 5
9th   Australia 9 5 4
10th   Poland 9 3 6
11th   Spain 9 4 5
12th   West Germany 9 3 6
13th   Philippines 8 2 6
14th   Japan 9 2 7
15th   Senegal 8 0 8
16th   Egypt 7 0 7

AwardsEdit

1972 Olympic Basketball Champions
 
Soviet Union
First title

ReferencesEdit

  • Official Report (PDF). 3: the competitions. Munich: Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXth Olympiad. 1973. pp. 418–437. OCLC 829366034. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  • FIBA Results Archive:

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ a b "Forbes Leads U.S. Romp". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Associated Press. September 8, 1972. p. B4. Retrieved November 7, 2012.

External linksEdit