Sport Olympic basketball bracket, explained: How group play, standings work for 2021 tournaments
Nigeria stuns U.S. men’s basketball team in first pre-Olympic exhibition
The U.S. men's basketball team lost to Nigeria in its first pre-Olympic exhibition game, its first-ever defeat to an African nation. Nigeria, with six NBA players and former NBA head coach Mike Brown at the helm, won 90-87 in the first of a series of games in Las Vegas on Saturday night. “I’m kind of glad it happened,” said U.S. head coach Gregg Popovich, noting that Nigeria has been practicing together since late June and the Americans for four days. “That loss means nothing if we don’t learn from it, but it can be the most important thing in this tournament for us to learn lessons from it.
The Olympic basketball setup will look a little bit different when teams begin tournament play at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
Thewill debut a new format that breaks teams into three groups of four instead of two groups of six. That means the gold-medal winning team will play fewer games this time around, but the path to the stand won't be easy.
So, how does this whole thing work? Here's an explanation of the basketball tournament format at the Tokyo Olympics.
How does Olympics basketball tournament work?
This year's competition will split 12 teams into three groups of four. Each team will play the other three teams within its group for a total of three games. The first- and second-place teams from each group and the two best third-place teams overall will advance to the knockout round.
Olympic soccer schedule 2021: Complete dates, times, TV channels to watch men's tournament in USA
A total of 16 nations will be competing for Olympic gold in men's soccer at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The likes of Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Germany and France start out as favorites with Japan, Mexico, Ivory Coast and Egypt looking to produce some medal upsets.But upsets are the norm in the men’s tournament where teams are required to field a roster of players who are 24 and younger, except for three players who can be older (this age cutoff is typically 23, but it was changed since the Olympics were postponed by a year).
A draw will then determine quarterfinal matchups. The three first-place teams and the best second-place team will be placed in one pot, and the rest of the teams will be placed in another. (Teams from the same original group cannot play each other again in the quarterfinals.)
Once those matchups are set, the tournament follows a typical single-elimination structure.
Olympics men's basketball groups
- Group A: Czech Republic, France, Iran, United States
- Group B: Australia, Germany, Italy, Nigeria
- Group C: Argentina, Japan, Slovenia, Spain
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Olympic women's basketball groups
- Group A: Canada, Serbia, Spain, South Korea
- Group B: France, Japan, Nigeria, United States
- Group C: Australia, Belgium, China, Puerto Rico
Olympics men's basketball schedule
- Group play: July 24-Aug. 1
- Knockout stage: Aug. 2-Aug. 7
- Gold-medal game: Aug. 6
- Bronze-medal game: Aug. 7
Olympic women's basketball schedule
- Group play: July 25-Aug. 2
- Knockout stage: Aug. 3-Aug. 7
- Gold-medal game: Aug. 7
- Bronze-medal game: Aug. 7
FIBA men's basketball rankings
- United States
FIBA women's basketball rankings
Olympics schedule 2021: Day-by-day TV coverage to watch Tokyo Games on NBC channels, stream online
Here's what's happening at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics today as well as a TV schedule to watch every event in the United States and Canada.During the 2016 Rio Olympics, the United States broadcast 6,755 hours of Olympic action. Canada itself produced over 2,000 hours. Each country could set new Summer Games-highs in 2021.
- United States
USA Olympics schedule 2021: How to watch Tokyo Games live, on delay in United States .
The 2021 Tokyo Olympics are here and Team USA will once again be a competitor across many of the Summer Games' 28 sports. Here's how to watch the team compete in the United States.Americans will be active in the 28 sports offered at the Summer Games. While the U.S. doesn't have a team or individual participating in every sport, they will be included in most and will be contenders per usual. As such, viewers will have plenty of opportunities to watch the U.S. in action.