Monthly Archives: August, 2016

Olympics Men’s Basketball Preview

The United States enters as a heavy favorite to win their third straight Olympic gold medal, even though a handful of the best players in the world chose to stay home and not participate.  There is a solid 12-team field in Rio, likely all chasing silver, but the U.S. cannot sleepwalk through the tournament as Spain, France, Argentina, and host Brazil have all brought their best talent.  The field is split into two groups of six with a round-robin format.  The top four teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals of a knockout stage to determine the champion.  To fit this format into the two-week period of the Olympics, teams will have to play every other day, so depth and fatigue will be factors. Continue reading →