Basketball at the 1968 Summer Olympics

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7th Olympic Basketball Tournament
Mexico City 1968
Tournament details
Olympics 1968 Summer Olympics
Host nation Mexico
City Mexico City
Duration October 13–25, 1968
Men's tournament
Teams 16
Medals
1 Gold medalists  United States
2 Silver medalists  Yugoslavia
3 Bronze medalists  Soviet Union
Tournaments
← Tokyo 1964  Munich 1972 →

Basketball contests at the 1968 Summer Olympics took place at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico from October 13 to October 25, 1968. The United States defeated Yugoslavia to win their seventh straight gold medal in this sport, while the Soviet Union earned the bronze against Brazil.

Medal summary[edit]

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
 United States (USA)
Mike Barrett
John Clawson
Don Dee
Calvin Fowler
Spencer Haywood
Bill Hosket
Jim King
Glynn Saulters
James Sullivan
Mike Silliman
Ken Spain
Jo Jo White
 Yugoslavia (YUG)
Dragutin Čermak
Kresimir Ćosić
Vladimir Cvetković
Ivo Daneu
Radivoj Korać
Zoran Marojević
Nikola Plećaš
Trajko Rajković
Dragoslav Ražnatović
Petar Skansi
Damir Šolman
Aljoša Žorga
 Soviet Union (URS)
Anatoli Krikun
Modestas Paulauskas
Zurab Sakandelidze
Vadim Kapranov
Yuri Selikhov
Anatoli Polivoda
Sergei Belov
Priit Tomson
Sergei Kovalenko
Gennadi Volnov
Jaak Lipso
Vladimir Andreev

Qualification[edit]

Automatic qualifications were granted to the host country and the first five places at the previous tournament. Additional spots were decided by various continental championships held by FIBA plus two additional intercontinental championships that granted two extra berths each.

Africa Americas Asia Europe Automatic qualifiers
 Senegal
 Morocco
 Panama
 Cuba
 Philippines
 South Korea
 SFR Yugoslavia
 Bulgaria
 Spain
 Poland
 United StatesGold medal in 1964
 Soviet UnionSilver medal in 1964
 BrazilBronze medal in 1964
 Puerto Rico – 4th place in 1964
 Italy – 5th place in 1964
 Mexico – Olympic hosts

Format[edit]

  • Two groups of eight teams are formed, where the top two from each group compete for the medals in a knockout round.
  • The remaining places are defined as follows:
    • Fifth through eighth places are decided in a separate bracket between the third and fourth places from each group in a separate bracket.
    • Ninth through sixteenth places are decided between the fifth through eighth places from each group in separate brackets.

Preliminary Round[edit]

The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals, while the remaining teams compete for 5th through 16th places in separate brackets. Both group leaders, the United States and the Soviet Union advanced undefeated to the knockout stage.

Group A[edit]

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
 United States 7 0 599 392 +207 14
 SFR Yugoslavia 6 1 592 511 +81 13
 Italy 5 2 562 539 +23 12
 Spain 4 3 557 548 +9 11
 Puerto Rico 3 4 493 468 +25 10
 Panama 2 5 572 624 −52 9
 Philippines 1 6 525 636 −111 8
 Senegal 0 7 383 565 −182 7

October 13

United States  81–46  Spain
Italy  91–66  Philippines
Puerto Rico  69–26  Senegal
SFR Yugoslavia  96–85  Panama

October 14

United States  93–36  Senegal
Spain  108–79  Philippines
Puerto Rico  72–93  SFR Yugoslavia
Italy  94–87  Panama

October 15

Senegal  65–84  SFR Yugoslavia
Spain  88–82  Panama
United States  96–75  Philippines
Puerto Rico  65–68  Italy

October 16

Philippines  92–95  Panama
Spain  86–62  Puerto Rico
Senegal  55–81  Italy
United States  73–58  SFR Yugoslavia

October 18

United States  95–60  Panama
Senegal  54–64  Spain
Philippines  65–89  Puerto Rico
Italy  69–80  SFR Yugoslavia

October 19

Panama  69–80  Puerto Rico
Philippines  80–68  Senegal
SFR Yugoslavia  92–79  Spain
United States  100–61  Italy

October 20

Panama  94–79  Senegal
Italy  98–86  Spain
SFR Yugoslavia  89–68  Philippines
United States  61–56  Puerto Rico

Group B[edit]

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
 Soviet Union 7 0 642 408 +234 14
 Brazil 6 1 561 418 +143 13
 Mexico 5 2 493 443 +50 12
 Poland 4 3 473 504 −31 11
 Bulgaria 3 4 456 478 −22 10
 Cuba 2 5 514 532 −18 9
 South Korea 1 6 453 530 −77 8
 Morocco 0 7 355 634 −279 7

October 13

Brazil  98–52  Morocco
Soviet Union  91–50  Poland
Mexico  75–62  South Korea
Cuba  61–70  Bulgaria

October 14

Soviet Union  123–51  Morocco
Poland  77–67  South Korea
Brazil  75–59  Bulgaria
Mexico  76–75  Cuba

October 15

Morocco  59–77  Bulgaria
Poland  78–75  Cuba
Soviet Union  89–58  South Korea
Mexico  53–60  Brazil

October 16

Soviet Union  81–56  Bulgaria
Morocco  38–86  Mexico
Poland  51–88  Brazil
South Korea  71–80  Cuba

October 18

Morocco  48–85  Poland
Soviet Union  100–66  Cuba
South Korea  59–91  Brazil
Mexico  73–63  Bulgaria

October 19

Morocco  54–76  South Korea
Cuba  68–84  Brazil
Bulgaria  67–69  Poland
Soviet Union  82–62  Mexico

October 20

Morocco  53–89  Cuba
Bulgaria  64–60  South Korea
Mexico  68–63  Poland
Soviet Union  76–65  Brazil

Knockout Stage[edit]

Medal bracket[edit]

  Semifinals (October 22)[1]     Gold medal (October 25)
                 
  A1   United States 75  
  B2   Brazil 63    
      A1   United States 65
      B2   SFR Yugoslavia 50
  B1   Soviet Union 62    
  A2   SFR Yugoslavia 63   Bronze medal (October 25)
 
B2   Brazil 53
  B1   Soviet Union 70

Classification brackets[edit]

5th–8th Place

  Semifinals (October 22)     5th place (October 25)
                 
  A3   Italy 52  
  B4   Poland 66    
      B3   Poland 65
      B4   Mexico 75
  B3   Mexico 73    
  A4   Spain 72   7th place (October 25)
 
A3   Italy 72
  A4   Spain 88

9th–12th Place

  Semifinals (October 23)     9th place (October 24)
                 
  A5   Puerto Rico 71  
  B6   Cuba 65    
      A5   Puerto Rico 67
      B5   Bulgaria 57
  B5   Bulgaria 83    
  A6   Panama 79   11th place (October 24)
 
A6   Cuba 91
  B6   Panama 88

13th–16th Place

  Semifinals (October 23)     13th place (October 24)
                 
  A7   Philippines 86  
  B8   Morocco 57    
      A7   Philippines 66
      B7   South Korea 63
  B7   South Korea 76    
  A8   Senegal 59   14th place (October 24)
 
B8   Morocco 38
  A8   Senegal 42

Final Standings[edit]

Rank Team Pld W L
1st  United States 9 9 0
2nd  SFR Yugoslavia 9 7 2
3rd  Soviet Union 9 8 1
4th  Brazil 9 6 3
5th  Mexico 9 7 2
6th  Poland 9 5 4
7th  Spain 9 4 5
8th  Italy 9 5 4
9th  Puerto Rico 9 5 4
10th  Bulgaria 9 4 5
11th  Cuba 9 3 6
12th  Panama 9 2 7
13th  Philippines 9 3 6
14th  South Korea 9 2 7
15th  Senegal 9 1 8
16th  Morocco 9 0 9

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