Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

The men's tournament of basketball at the 1992 Olympics at Barcelona, Spain began on July 26 and ended on August 8.

Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament
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Tournament details
Host countrySpain
CityBarcelona
DatesJuly 26 – August 8
Teams12 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions United States (10th title)
Runners-up Croatia
Third place Lithuania
Fourth place CIS
Tournament statistics
Games played46
Top scorerBrazil Oscar Schmidt
(24.8 points per game)

This was the first time that NBA players were eligible to play in Summer Olympics basketball, following a decision of FIBA in April 1989. Until 1992, only amateurs and players from professional leagues other than the NBA were allowed to play.[1]

The United States men's team, which was nicknamed "The Dream Team", won the gold medal by beating Croatia in the men's final, with Lithuania winning the bronze medal.

ParticipantsEdit

FormatEdit

  • Two groups of six teams are formed, where the top four from each group advance to the knockout stage.
  • Fifth and sixth places from each group form an additional bracket to decide 9th through 12th places in the final ranking.
  • In the quarterfinals, the pairings are as follows: A1 vs. B4, A2 vs. B3, A3 vs. B2 and A4 vs. B1.
    • The four teams eliminated from the quarterfinals form an additional bracket to decide 5th through 8th places in the final ranking.
  • The winning teams from the quarterfinals meet in the semifinals.
  • The winning teams from the semifinals contest the gold medal. The losing teams contest the bronze.

Ties are broken via the following the criteria, with the first option used first, all the way down to the last option:

  1. Head to head results

SquadsEdit

Preliminary RoundEdit

The top four places in each of the preliminary round groups advanced to the eight team, single-elimination knockout stage, where Group A teams would meet Group B teams. The United States' Dream Team asserted their dominance by advancing to the next round undefeated and winning their five preliminary games by an average margin of almost 46 points. The only teams representing Asia and Africa, China and Angola respectively couldn't advance and ended up competing for ninth place with Venezuela and host nation Spain.

Group AEdit

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
  United States 5 0 579 350 +229 10
  Croatia 4 1 423 400 +23 9
  Brazil 2 3 420 463 −43 7 1–0
  Germany 2 3 369 432 −63 7 0–1
  Angola 1 4 324 392 −68 6 1–0
  Spain 1 4 398 476 −78 6 0–1
July 26
16:30
Angola   48–116   United States
Scoring by half: 16–64, 32–52
July 26
20:30
Germany   83–74   Spain
Scoring by half: 46–39, 37–35
July 26
22:30
Croatia   93–76   Brazil
Scoring by half: 55–40, 38–36
July 27
14:30
Angola   63–64   Germany
Scoring by half: 42–36, 21–28
July 27
20:30
Croatia   70–103   United States
Scoring by half: 37–54, 33–49
July 27
22:30
Brazil   100–101   Spain
Scoring by half: 43-53, 57-48
July 29
11:30
Brazil   76–66   Angola
Scoring by half: 42–26, 34–40
July 29
20:30
United States   111–68   Germany
Scoring by half: 58–23, 53–45
July 29
22:30
Croatia   88–79   Spain
Scoring by half: 45–42, 43–37
July 31
11:30
Spain   63–83   Angola
Scoring by half: 36–37, 27–46
July 31
20:30
Croatia   99–78   Germany
Scoring by half: 46–41, 53–37
July 31
22:30
United States   127–83   Brazil
Scoring by half: 60–41, 67–42
August 2
9:30
Germany   76–85   Brazil
Scoring by half: 40–39, 36–46
August 2
11:30
Croatia   73–64   Angola
Scoring by half: 27–38, 46–26
August 2
22:30
Spain   81–122   United States
Scoring by half: 35–65, 46–57

Group BEdit

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
  CIS 4 1 425 373 +52 9 1–0
  Lithuania 4 1 481 424 +57 9 0–1
  Australia 3 2 432 396 +36 8 1–0
  Puerto Rico 3 2 445 440 +15 8 0–1
  Venezuela 1 4 392 427 −35 6
  China 0 5 381 496 −115 5
July 26
9:30
Venezuela   64–78   CIS
Scoring by half: 16–34, 48–44
July 26
11:30
China   75–112   Lithuania
Scoring by half: 26–55, 49–57
July 26
14:30
Puerto Rico   76–116   Australia
Scoring by half: 31–57, 45–59
July 27
11:30
Venezuela   79–87   Lithuania
Scoring by half: 46–38, 33–49
July 27
16:30
CIS   85–63   Australia
Scoring by half: 35–51, 50–12
July 27
20:30
China   68–100   Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 35–51, 33–49
July 29
9:30
Venezuela   71–78   Australia
Scoring by half: 27–43, 44–35
July 29
14:30
CIS   100–84   China
Scoring by half: 55–39, 45–45
July 29
16:30
Lithuania   104–91   Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 50–43, 54–48
July 31
9:30
Venezuela   82–96   Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 42–52, 40–44
July 31
14:30
Australia   88–66   China
Scoring by half: 39–28, 49–38
July 31
16:30
Lithuania   80–92   CIS
Scoring by half: 38–26, 42–66
August 2
14:30
Venezuela   96–88   China
Scoring by half: 52–52, 44–36
August 2
16:30
Australia   87–98   Lithuania
Scoring by half: 46–45, 41–53
August 2
20:30
Puerto Rico   82–70   CIS
Scoring by half: 36–39, 46–31

Knockout stageEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal game
                           
  A1   United States 115  
B4   Puerto Rico 77  
  A1   United States 127  
  B2   Lithuania 76  
B2   Lithuania 114
  A3   Brazil 96  
    A1   United States 117
  A2   Croatia 85
  B1   CIS 83  
A4   Germany 76  
  B1   CIS 74 Bronze medal game
  A2   Croatia 75  
A2   Croatia 98 B1   CIS 78
  B3   Australia 65   B2   Lithuania 82
5th to 8th place 5th Place game
      
1   Brazil 86
4   Puerto Rico 84
  Brazil 90
  Australia 80
3   Australia 109
2   Germany 79

QuarterfinalsEdit

August 4
14:30
Croatia   98–65   Australia
Scoring by half: 41–31, 57–34
August 4
16:30
CIS   83–76   Germany
Scoring by half: 35–36, 48–40
August 4
20:30
Lithuania   114–96   Brazil
Scoring by half: 48–52, 66–44
August 4
22:30
United States   115–77   Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 67–40, 48–37

Semifinals 5th−8thEdit

August 6
14:30
Brazil   86–84   Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 43–49, 43–35
August 6
20:30
Australia   109–79   Germany
Scoring by half: 52–44, 57–35

SemifinalsEdit

August 6
16:30
Croatia   75–74   CIS
Scoring by half: 30–40, 45–34
August 6
22:30
Lithuania   76–127   United States
Scoring by half: 30–49, 46–78

7th place gameEdit

August 8
20:00
Puerto Rico   86–96   Germany
Scoring by half: 46–45, 40–51

5th place gameEdit

August 8
11:00
Brazil   90–80   Australia
Scoring by half: 44–38, 46–42

Bronze medal gameEdit

August 8
13:00
CIS   78–82   Lithuania  
Scoring by half: 33–39, 45–43

Gold medal gameEdit

August 8
22:00
  Croatia   85–117   United States  
Scoring by half: 42-56, 43–61

AwardsEdit

1992 Olympic Basketball Champions
 
United States
Tenth title

Final standingsEdit

Rank Team W L
    United States 8 0
    Croatia 6 2
    Lithuania 6 2
4th   CIS 5 3
Eliminated at the quarterfinals
5th   Brazil 4 4
6th   Australia 4 4
7th   Germany 3 5
8th   Puerto Rico 3 5
Eliminated at the preliminary round
9th   Spain 3 4
10th   Angola 2 5
11th   Venezuela 2 5
12th   China 0 7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jan Hubbard. "Why Can Pros Compete in International Events?". USA Basketball. Retrieved December 10, 2017.