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 →

Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics was the thirteenth appearance of the sport of basketball as an official Olympic medal event. It 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.

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][2]

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. A documentary film, The Other Dream Team, covered the progress of the Lithuanian team.[3]

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. The men's top scorer was Oscar Schmidt with 198 points in 8 games with an average of 24.7 points and Drazen Petrovic was second with 187 points in 7 games with an average of 26.7 points.

Medal summary

See also: List of Olympic medalists in basketball

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's
details
 United States (USA)
Christian Laettner
David Robinson
Patrick Ewing
Larry Bird
Scottie Pippen
Michael Jordan
Clyde Drexler
Karl Malone
John Stockton
Chris Mullin
Charles Barkley
Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr.
 Croatia (CRO)
Dražen Petrović
Velimir Perasović
Danko Cvjetičanin
Toni Kukoč
Vladan Alanović
Franjo Arapović
Žan Tabak
Stojko Vranković
Alan Gregov
Arijan Komazec
Dino Rađa
Aramis Naglić
 Lithuania (LTU)
Valdemaras Chomičius
Alvydas Pazdrazdis
Arūnas Visockas
Darius Dimavičius
Romanas Brazdauskis
Gintaras Krapikas
Rimas Kurtinaitis
Arvydas Sabonis
Artūras Karnišovas
Šarūnas Marčiulionis
Gintaras Einikis
Sergejus Jovaiša
Women's
details
 Unified Team (EUN)
Yelena Zhirko
Yelena Baranova
Irina Guerlits
Yelena Tornikidu
Yelena Shvaybovich
Marina Tkachenko
Irina Minkh
Yelena Khudashova
Irina Soumnikova
Elen Bounatiants
Natalia Zasulskaya
Svetlana Zaboluyeva
 China (CHN)
Cong Xuedi
He Jun
Li Dongmei
Li Xin
Liu Jun
Liu Qing
Peng Ping
Wang Fang
Zhan Shuping
Zheng Dongmei
Zheng Haixia
 United States (USA)
Teresa Edwards
Daedra Charles
Clarissa Davis
Teresa Weatherspoon
Tammy Jackson
Vickie Orr
Victoria Bullett
Carolyn Jones
Katrina Felicia McClain
Medina Dixon
Cynthia Cooper
Suzanne McConnell

Qualification

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.[4] For the women's tournament, the host team qualified automatically, as did the top three teams from the 1990 FIBA World Championship. A qualifying tournament was held to allocate four extra berths. Yugoslavia was replaced by Italy (the fifth place team from the qualifying tournament) after it was excluded from the Olympic tournament.[5]

Men

Main article: 1992 Pre-Olympic Basketball Tournament

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

Women

Main article: 1992 Pre-Olympic Basketball Tournament for Women

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

Format

Men's tournament:

Women's tournament:

Tie-breaking criteria:

  1. Head to head results

Men's tournament

Main article: Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

Preliminary round

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.

Group A

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

DAY 1

USA 116-48 Angola

Croatia 96-73 Brazil

Germany 83-74 Spain

Day 2

USA 103-70 Croatia

Spain 101-100 Brazil

Germany 64-63 Angola

Day 3

USA 111-68 Germany

Croatia 88-79 Spain

Angola 66-76 Brazil

Day 4

USA 127-83 Brazil

Croatia 98-74 Germany

Spain 63-83 Angola

Day 5

USA 122-81 Spain

Croatia 73-64 Angola

Germany 76-85 Brazil

Group B

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

Day 1

CIS 78-64 Venezuela

Lithuania 112-75 China

Puerto Rico 116-76 Australia

Day 2

CIS 85-63 Australia

Puerto Rico 100-68 China

Venezuela 79-87 Lithuania

Day 3

CIS 100-84 China

Australia 78-71 Venezuela

Lithuania 104-91 Πόρτο Ρίκο.

Day 4

CIS 92-80 Lithuania

Australia 88-66 China

Puerto Rico 96-82 Venezuela

Day 5

CIS 70-82 Puerto Rico

Venezuela 96-88 China

Lithuania 98-87 Australia

Knockout stage

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 tournament

Main article: Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

Preliminary round

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 A

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

Day 1

Cuba 91-89 CIS

Brazil 85-70 Italy

Day 2

CIS 77-67 Italy

Cuba 95-87 Brazil

Day 3

CIS 76-64 Brazil

Cuba 60-53 Italy

Group B

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

Day 1

USA 111-55 Czechoslovakia

China 66-63 Spain

Day 2

Spain 59-58 Czechoslovakia

USA 93-61 China

Day 3

China 72-70 Czechoslovakia

USA 114-58 Spain

Knockout stage

Semifinals Finals
      
B1  United States 73
A2  CIS 79
A2  CIS 76
B2  China 66
A1  Cuba 70
B2  China 109 Third place
B1  United States 88
A1  Cuba 74

Final standings

Rank Men Women
Team W L Team W L
1st place, gold medalist(s)  United States 8 0  CIS 4 1
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Croatia 6 2  China 3 2
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  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 also

References

  1. ^ Jan Hubbard. "Why Can Pros Compete in International Events?". USA Basketball. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  2. ^ "History of basketball at Olympics: A tale of American domination".
  3. ^ Siegel, Alan. "Remembering The Joyous, Tie-Dyed All-Stars Of The 1992 Lithuanian Basketball Team". Deadspin.
  4. ^ 1992 European Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men, FIBA Archive. Accessed March 31, 2012.
  5. ^ Brennan, Christine (3 June 1992). "Sanctions on Yugoslavia spoil IOC's hopes for a politics-free Olympics". Washington Post.