Group play has officially ended in the men’s Olympic basketball tournament, and the elimination round matchups are now set.
The final standings for each group are as follows.
1. USA: 10 points (5-0)
2. France: 9 points (4-1)
3. Argentina: 8 points (3-2)
4. Lithuania: 7 points (2-3)
5. Nigeria: 6 points (1-4)
6. Tunisia: 5 points (0-5)
1. Russia: 9 points (4-1)
2. Brazil: 9 points (4-1)
3. Spain: 8 points (3-2)
4. Australia: 8 points (3-2)
5. Great Britain: 6 points (1-4)
6. China: 5 points (0-5)
There were no real surprises in Group A.
As expected, Team USA finished as the only undefeated team in the tournament. They had two scares against Lithuania and Argentina, but ultimately prevailed with their superior talent.
Nigeria ranked 21 and Tunisia 32 in the world, so it came as no surprise that they were the two teams that failed to progress into the elimination rounds.
As for Group B, a few interesting things happened.
Spain were the outstanding team in the group and the favorites to win this group—but they faltered and wound up losing to both Russia and Brazil.
Some people feel Spain may have tanked the game against Brazil, since the loser avoided a possible matchup with Team USA until the gold medal game, but that will never be proven.
It was also was unexpected that China didn’t win a single game during these Olympics. They are currently tenth in the FIBA world rankings, higher than Russia, Brazil and Great Britain.
The knockout stage begins Wednesday, August 8. Here is the schedule for the upcoming Quarterfinals:
Russia vs. Lithuania: 9:00 am
Francs vs. Spain: 11:15 am
Brazil vs. Argentina: 3:00 pm
United States vs. Australia: 5:15 pm