Men's 2012 Olympic Basketball Draw: Analyzing Both Preliminary Groups

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Men's 2012 Olympic Basketball Draw: Analyzing Both Preliminary Groups

At 10:00 AM this morning, the official drawings were held to divide the field of basketball teams that qualified for the Olympics into two groups.

Here is some instant analysis on the drawings and how the tournament will eventually play out.   

It is important to note that there are still three open spots remaining in the tournament for teams who will be playing in 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament on July 2-8.

So far, two of the three teams who earned a medal at the last Olympics have qualified, U.S.A. and Australia, while the third team, Russia, is still trying to earn one of the final three spots.

Here is how the official drawings went:

Group A

1. Qualified 1

2. Tunisia

3. U.S.A.

4. France

5. Qualified 2

6. Argentina

 

Group B 

1. China

2. Great Britain

3. Brazil

4. Australia

5. Qualified 3

6. Spain

 

The tournament will officially begin on July 28 and will conclude with the gold medal game on August 12. The games will be played in two locations, the newly built Basketball Arena and the O2 (will be called North Greenwich Arena during the Olympics). 

Will team U.S.A. defend their title and earn back-to-back gold medals once again or will another team like Spain or France or Argentina steal the gold medal away from them?

We'll soon find out. 

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