Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics

Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics included the sport of basketball's men's and women's competitions of the 1992 Summer Olympics. The games were played at the Pavelló Olímpic de Badalona. 12 men's teams and 8 women's teams participated in the tournament.

13th Olympic Basketball Tournament
Barcelona 1992
Tournament details
Olympics1992 Summer Olympics
Host nationSpain
CityBarcelona
DurationJuly 26 – August 8
Men's tournament
Teams12
Medals
1 Gold medalists  United States
2 Silver medalists Croatia
3 Bronze medalists  Lithuania
Women's tournament
Teams8
Medals
1 Gold medalists  CIS
2 Silver medalists China
3 Bronze medalists  United States
Tournaments
← Seoul 1988  Atlanta 1996 →

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, nicknamed the Dream Team, won the gold medal by beating Croatia in the men's final, with Lithuania winning the bronze medal.

The Unified Team, representing the Commonwealth of Independent States, of the recently defunct Soviet Union, won the women's tournament, with China as runner-up. The United States women's team won the bronze medal after losing to the CIS in the semifinal, suffering their third and last defeat to date in the Olympic basketball history.

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Medal summaryEdit

QualificationEdit

An NOC may enter up to one men's team with 12 players and up to one women's team with 12 players. For the men's tournament, the host country qualified automatically, as did the winners of the continental championships held for Asia, Oceania, Africa and the Americas, plus the runner-up, third and fourth place from the Americas competitions. A special qualifying tournament was held for European teams to allocate four extra berths.[2] For the women's tournament, the top four teams from the 1990 FIBA World Championship and the top four teams from a qualifying tournament held months prior to the competition were given a place in the Olympics.

MenEdit

Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania Automatic qualifiers
  Angola   United States
  Venezuela
  Brazil
  Puerto Rico
  China   Lithuania
  Croatia
  CIS
  Germany
  Australia   Spain – Olympic hosts

WomenEdit

Americas Asia Europe Automatic qualifiers
  United States
  Cuba
  Brazil
  China   Italy[a]
  CIS
  Czechoslovakia
  Spain – Olympic hosts
  • a Replaced Yugoslavia.

FormatEdit

Men's tournament:

  • 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.

Women's tournament:

  • Two groups of four teams are formed, where the top two from each group advance to the knockout stage.
  • Third and fourth places from each group form an additional bracket to decide 5th–8th places in the final ranking.
  • The winning teams from the semifinals contest the gold medal. The losing teams contest the bronze.

Tie-breaking criteria:

  1. Head to head results

Men's tournamentEdit

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

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

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

Women's tournamentEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

The best two teams from each group advanced to the semifinals. The United States and Cuba advanced undefeated through the group phase but couldn't reach the finals and ended up facing each other for the bronze medal instead.

Group AEdit

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
  Cuba 3 0 246 230 +16 6
  CIS 2 1 244 222 +22 5
  Brazil 1 2 237 241 −4 4
  Italy 0 3 190 224 −34 3

Group BEdit

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
  United States 3 0 318 181 +137 6
  China 2 1 205 226 −21 5
  Spain 1 2 181 238 −57 4
  Czechoslovakia 0 3 183 242 −59 3

Knockout stageEdit

  Semifinals Final
                     
B1    United States  73   
A2    CIS  79   
  A2    CIS  76   
  B2    China  66   
A1    Cuba  70 
B2    China  109      Third Place Game
  B1    United States  88 
  A1    Cuba  74 

Final standingsEdit

Rank Men Women
Team W L Team W L
    United States 8 0   CIS 4 1
    Croatia 6 2   China 3 2
    Lithuania 6 2   United States 4 1
4th   CIS 5 3   Cuba 3 2
Eliminated at the quarterfinals Eliminated at the preliminary round
5th   Brazil 4 4   Spain 3 2
6th   Australia 4 4   Czechoslovakia 1 4
7th   Germany 3 5   Brazil 2 3
8th   Puerto Rico 3 5   Italy 0 5
Eliminated at the preliminary round
9th   Spain 3 4
10th   Angola 2 5
11th   Venezuela 2 5
12th   China 0 7

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jan Hubbard. "Why Can Pros Compete in International Events?". USA Basketball. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  2. ^ 1992 European Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men, FIBA Archive. Accessed March 31, 2012.

External linksEdit