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Basketball at the 1976 Summer Olympics

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
File:Gold medal icon.svg Gold medalists 23x15px United States
File:Silver medal icon.svg Silver medalists23x15px Yugoslavia
File:Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze medalists 23x15px Soviet Union
Women's tournament
Teams 6
Medals
File:Gold medal icon.svg Gold medalists 23x15px Soviet Union
File:Silver medal icon.svg Silver medalists23x15px United States
File:Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze medalists 23x15px 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

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's United States 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 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 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 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 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 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

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

Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania Automatic qualifiers
23x15px Egypt[a] 23x15px Mexico
23x15px Puerto Rico[b]
23x15px China[a]
Template:Country data JPN[c]
23x15px Italy
23x15px Yugoslavia
23x15px Czechoslovakia
23x15px Australia 23x15px Soviet UnionGold medal in 1972
23x15px United StatesSilver medal in 1972
23x15px CubaBronze medal in 1972
23x15px Canada – Olympic hosts

Women

Americas Europe Automatic qualifiers
23x15px United States 23x15px Bulgaria 23x15px Soviet UnionWorld Champions
Template:Country data JPN – 2nd place at the 1975 World Championship
23x15px Czechoslovakia – 3rd place at the 1975 World Championship
23x15px 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

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

Preliminary Round

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

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
23x15px Soviet Union 5 0 548 374 +174 10
23x15px Canada 4 1 446 416 +30 9
23x15px Cuba 3 2 448 402 +46 8
23x15px Australia 2 3 472 481 −9 7
23x15px Mexico 1 4 461 511 −50 6
Template:Country data JPN 0 5 364 555 −191 5

Group B

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
23x15px United States 5 0 394 349 +45 10
23x15px Yugoslavia 4 1 364 343 +21 9
23x15px Italy 3 2 349 344 +5 8
23x15px Czechoslovakia 2 3 418 406 +12 7
23x15px Puerto Rico 1 4 321 363 −42 6
23x15px Egypt 0 1 64 105 −41 1

Knockout stage

Championship bracket

  Semifinals (July 26)     Gold medal (July 27)
                 
  A1  23x15px Soviet Union 84  
  B2  23x15px Yugoslavia 89    
      B2  23x15px Yugoslavia 74
      B1  23x15px United States 95
  B1  23x15px United States 95    
  A2  23x15px Canada 77   Bronze medal (July 27)
 
A1  23x15px Soviet Union 100
  A2  23x15px Canada 72

Classification brackets

5th–8th Place

  Semifinals (July 25)     5th place (July 27)
                 
  A3  23x15px Cuba 76  
  B4  23x15px Czechoslovakia 91    
      B4  23x15px Czechoslovakia 75
      B3  23x15px Italy 98
  B3  23x15px Italy 79    
  A4  23x15px Australia 72   7th place (July 27)
 
A3  23x15px Cuba 92
  A4  23x15px Australia 81

9th–12th Place

  Semifinals (July 25)     9th place (July 27)
                 
  A5  23x15px Mexico 2  
  B6  23x15px Egypt 0[d]    
      A5  23x15px Mexico 84
      B5  23x15px Puerto Rico 89
  B5  23x15px Puerto Rico 111    
  A6  Template:Country data JPN 91   11th place (July 27)
 
B6  23x15px Egypt 0[d]
  A6  Template:Country data JPN 2

d Forfeited match.

Women's Tournament

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
23x15px Soviet Union 5 0 504 346 +158 10
23x15px United States 3 2 415 417 −2 8 1W–0L
23x15px Bulgaria 3 2 365 377 −12 8 0W–1L
23x15px Czechoslovakia 2 3 351 359 −8 7 1W–0L
Template:Country data JPN 2 3 405 400 +5 7 0W–1L
23x15px Canada 0 5 336 477 −141 5

Final Standings

Rank Men Women
Team Pld W L Team Pld W L
File:Gold medal icon.svg 23x15px United States 7 7 0 23x15px Soviet Union 5 5 0
File:Silver medal icon.svg 23x15px Yugoslavia 7 5 2 23x15px United States 5 3 2
File:Bronze medal icon.svg 23x15px Soviet Union 7 6 1 23x15px Bulgaria 5 3 2
4th 23x15px Canada 7 4 3 23x15px Czechoslovakia 5 2 3
5th 23x15px Italy 7 5 2 Template:Country data JPN 5 2 3
6th 23x15px Czechoslovakia 7 3 4 23x15px Canada 5 0 5
7th 23x15px Cuba 7 4 3
8th 23x15px Australia 7 2 5
9th 23x15px Puerto Rico 7 3 4
10th 23x15px Mexico 7 2 5
11th Template:Country data JPN 7 1 6
12th 23x15px Egypt 1 0 1

See also

References