Basketball at the 1976 Summer Olympics

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9th Olympic Basketball Tournament
Montreal 1976
Tournament details
Olympics 1976 Summer Olympics
Host nation Canada
City Montreal
Duration July 18–27
Men's tournament
Teams 12
Medals
Gold medal.svg Gold medalists  United States
Silver medal.svg Silver medalists  Yugoslavia
Bronze medal.svg Bronze medalists  Soviet Union
Women's tournament
Teams 6
Medals
Gold medal.svg Gold medalists  Soviet Union
Silver medal.svg Silver medalists  United States
Bronze medal.svg Bronze medalists  Bulgaria
Tournaments
← Munich 1972  Moscow 1980 →

Basketball contests at the 1976 Summer Olympics took place from July 18 to July 27 at the Centre Étienne Desmarteau and the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Canada. Women's basketball was introduced to the Olympic program for the first time at this Games. The United States won the gold against Yugoslavia in the men's tournament, while the Soviet Union won the gold medal against the United States in the women's competition.

Medal summary[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's  United States (USA)
Phil Ford
Steve Sheppard
Adrian Dantley
Walter Davis
Quinn Buckner
Ernie Grunfeld
Kenneth Carr
Scott May
Tate Armstrong
Tom LaGarde
Philip Hubbard
Mitch Kupchak
 Yugoslavia (YUG)
Blagoja Georgievski
Dragan Kićanović
Vinko Jelovac
Rajko Žižić
Željko Jerkov
Andro Knego
Zoran Slavnić
Krešimir Ćosić
Damir Šolman
Žarko Varajić
Dražen Dalipagić
Mirza Delibašić
 Soviet Union (URS)
Vladimir Arzamaskov
Aleksandr Salnikov
Valery Miloserdov
Alzhan Zharmukhamedov
Andrei Makeev
Ivan Edeshko
Sergei Belov
Vladimir Tkachenko
Anatoly Myshkin
Mikhail Korkiya
Aleksandr Belov
Vladimir Zhigily
Women's  Soviet Union (URS)
Olga Barysheva
Tamāra Dauniene
Natalya Klimova
Tatyana Ovechkina
Angelė Rupšienė
Nadezhda Shuvayeva
Nadezhda Zakharova
Uljana Semjonova
Raisa Kurvyakova
Nelli Feryabnikova
Olga Sukharnova
Tetiana Zakharova
 United States (USA)
Cindy Brogdon
Susan Rojcewicz
Ann Meyers
Lusia Harris
Nancy Dunkle
Charlotte Lewis
Nancy Lieberman
Gail Marquis
Patricia Roberts
Mary Anne O'Connor
Patricia Head
Juliene Simpson
 Bulgaria (BUL)
Krasimira Bogdanova
Diana Dilova
Krasimira Gyurova
Penka Metodieva
Snezhana Mikhaylova
Girgina Skerlatova
Mariya Stoyanova
Margarita Shtarkelova
Petkana Makaveeva
Nadka Golcheva
Penka Stoyanova
Todorka Yordanova

Qualification[edit]

An NOC may enter up to one men's team with 12 players and up to one women's team with 12 players. Automatic qualifications were granted to the host country for both events plus the three medal winners from the previous Olympic Games for the men's tournament, and the three first places at the 1975 FIBA World Championship for the women's tournament. Additional spots for the men's tournament were decided via the continental championships held by FIBA and an extra qualifying tournament held in Hamilton, Canada months prior to the contest. The remaining slots for the women's competition were also assigned via another tournament held in the same city.

Men[edit]

Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania Automatic qualifiers
 Egypt[a]  Mexico
 Puerto Rico[b]
 China[a]
 Japan[c]
 Italy
 SFR Yugoslavia
 Czechoslovakia
 Australia  Soviet UnionGold medal in 1972
 United StatesSilver medal in 1972
 CubaBronze medal in 1972
 Canada – Olympic hosts

Women[edit]

Americas Europe Automatic qualifiers
 United States  Bulgaria  Soviet UnionWorld Champions
 Japan – 2nd place at the 1975 World Championship
 Czechoslovakia – 3rd place at the 1975 World Championship
 Canada – Olympic hosts
  • a Egypt and China withdrew from the Olympic Games after one match, following the boycott of several African countries against New Zealand. Japan replaced China, while all matches involving Egypt where forfeited.
  • b Puerto Rico qualified after winning the silver medal at the 1975 Pan American Games, since the gold medal went to the United States, who had already qualified.
  • c Replaced China.

Format[edit]

Men's tournament:

  • Two groups of six teams are formed, where the top two from each group advance to the semifinals.
  • Third and fourth places from each group form an additional bracket to decide 5th–8th places in the final ranking.
  • Fifth and sixth places from each group form an additional bracket to decide 9th–12th places in the final ranking.

Women's tournament:

  • One round-robin group is formed containing all six teams, where the final standings are decided.

Tie-breaking criteria:

  1. Head to head results
  2. Goal average (not the goal difference) between the tied teams
  3. Goal average of the tied teams for all teams in its group

Men's Tournament[edit]

Preliminary Round[edit]

The first two places in each of the preliminary round groups advanced to the semifinals, where Group A teams would meet Group B teams. The Soviet Union and the United States, two of the powerhouses at this tournament, finished the preliminary round undefeated. The host nation's team also qualified for the semifinals together with Yugoslavia. Egypt's team played only one match against Czechoslovakia and then left the tournament supporting the boycott of several African countries, and thus forfeiting their remaining matches.

Group A[edit]

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
 Soviet Union 5 0 548 374 +174 10
 Canada 4 1 446 416 +30 9
 Cuba 3 2 448 402 +46 8
 Australia 2 3 472 481 −9 7
 Mexico 1 4 461 511 −50 6
 Japan 0 5 364 555 −191 5
July 18
Canada  104–76  Japan
July 18
Cuba  111–89  Australia
July 18
Mexico  77–120  Soviet Union
July 19
Canada  84–79  Cuba
July 19
Soviet Union  93–77  Australia
July 19
Mexico  108–90  Japan
July 21
Mexico  117–120 OT  Australia
July 21
Japan  56–97  Cuba
July 21
Soviet Union  108–85  Canada
July 23
Japan  63–129  Soviet Union
July 23
Mexico  75–89  Cuba
July 23
Australia  69–81  Canada
July 24
Cuba  72–98  Soviet Union
July 24
Mexico  84–92  Canada
July 24
Australia  117–79  Japan

Group B[edit]

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
 United States 5 0 394 349 +45 10
 SFR Yugoslavia 4 1 364 343 +21 9
 Italy 3 2 349 344 +5 8
 Czechoslovakia 2 3 418 406 +12 7
 Puerto Rico 1 4 321 363 −42 6
 Egypt 0 1 64 105 −41 1
July 18
SFR Yugoslavia  84–63  Puerto Rico
July 18
Italy  86–106  United States
July 18
Egypt  64–103  Czechoslovakia
July 20
Forfeited
Italy  2–0  Egypt
July 20
United States  95–94  Puerto Rico
July 20
SFR Yugoslavia  99–81  Czechoslovakia
July 21
Forfeited
Puerto Rico  2–0  Egypt
July 21
Czechoslovakia  69–79  Italy
July 21
SFR Yugoslavia  93–112  United States
July 22
Czechoslovakia  89–83  Puerto Rico
July 22
SFR Yugoslavia  88–87  Italy
July 22
Forfeited
United States  2–0  Egypt
July 24
United States  81–76  Czechoslovakia
July 24
Forfeited
SFR Yugoslavia  2–0  Egypt
July 24
Italy  95–81  Puerto Rico

Knockout stage[edit]

Championship bracket[edit]

  Semifinals (July 26)     Gold medal (July 27)
                 
  A1   Soviet Union 84  
  B2   SFR Yugoslavia 89    
      B2   SFR Yugoslavia 74
      B1   United States 95
  B1   United States 95    
  A2   Canada 77   Bronze medal (July 27)
 
A1   Soviet Union 100
  A2   Canada 72

Classification brackets[edit]

5th–8th Place

  Semifinals (July 25)     5th place (July 27)
                 
  A3   Cuba 76  
  B4   Czechoslovakia 91    
      B4   Czechoslovakia 75
      B3   Italy 98
  B3   Italy 79    
  A4   Australia 72   7th place (July 27)
 
A3   Cuba 92
  A4   Australia 81

9th–12th Place

  Semifinals (July 25)     9th place (July 27)
                 
  A5   Mexico 2  
  B6   Egypt 0[d]    
      A5   Mexico 84
      B5   Puerto Rico 89
  B5   Puerto Rico 111    
  A6   Japan 91   11th place (July 27)
 
B6   Egypt 0[d]
  A6   Japan 2

d Forfeited match.

Women's Tournament[edit]

The first Olympic Basketball Tournament for Women consisted of a single round-robin group, where final standings where determined by the group rankings. The Soviet team finished undefeated and won the gold medal, while the American team won the silver medal through a victory over Bulgarian team that broke the tie between the two teams in favor of the American team.

Team W L PF PA PD Pts 1st Tie
 Soviet Union 5 0 504 346 +158 10
 United States 3 2 415 417 −2 8 1W–0L
 Bulgaria 3 2 365 377 −12 8 0W–1L
 Czechoslovakia 2 3 351 359 −8 7 1W–0L
 Japan 2 3 405 400 +5 7 0W–1L
 Canada 0 5 336 477 −141 5
July 19
United States  71–84  Japan
July 19
Soviet Union  115–51  Canada
July 19
Czechoslovakia  66–67  Bulgaria
July 20
Japan  121–89  Canada
July 20
United States  95–79  Bulgaria
July 20
Czechoslovakia  75–88  Soviet Union
July 22
Bulgaria  68–91  Soviet Union
July 22
Japan  62–76  Czechoslovakia
July 22
United States  89–75  Canada
July 23
Bulgaria  66–63  Japan
July 23
Canada  59–67  Czechoslovakia
July 23
United States  77–112  Soviet Union
July 25
Canada  62–85  Bulgaria
July 26
United States  83–67  Czechoslovakia
July 26
Soviet Union  98–75  Japan

Final Standings[edit]

Rank Men Women
Team Pld W L Team Pld W L
1  United States 7 7 0  Soviet Union 5 5 0
2  SFR Yugoslavia 7 5 2  United States 5 3 2
3  Soviet Union 7 6 1  Bulgaria 5 3 2
4th  Canada 7 4 3  Czechoslovakia 5 2 3
5th  Italy 7 5 2  Japan 5 2 3
6th  Czechoslovakia 7 3 4  Canada 5 0 5
7th  Cuba 7 4 3
8th  Australia 7 2 5
9th  Puerto Rico 7 3 4
10th  Mexico 7 2 5
11th  Japan 7 1 6
12th  Egypt 1 0 1

See also[edit]

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