SAITAMA, Japan — The U.S. and Spain performed for Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012, then within the semifinals in 2016.
And on the Tokyo Video games, the highest groups within the FIBA world rankings will meet once more – simply sooner than has been the norm.
The three-time reigning Olympic champion Individuals will face reigning World Cup champion Spain within the quarterfinals of the boys’s event on the Tokyo Video games on Tuesday, a matchup of groups that completed second of their respective teams on the Olympics.
Spain fell outdoors of the seeded pool, and knew it had uncovered itself to a possible matchup with the U.S., by shedding the group-play finale to Slovenia on Sunday. And about an hour later, when FIBA held the Olympic draw, the matchup was set.
“If you are going to get that gold medal, you are going to beat all people,” Spain heart Marc Gasol stated. “At that time, it would not matter, the order.”
The U.S. is 16-2 in opposition to Spain in Olympic or World Cup competitors – but latest matchups have not precisely been runaways. The Individuals received 82-76 within the 2016 Olympic semifinals, 107-100 within the 2012 gold-medal sport at London, and 118-107 within the gold-medal matchup at Beijing in 2008.
“This Olympics is simply going to get higher so far as basketball is worried, as a result of the groups are all fairly passionate and really gifted and have lots of particular person gamers that individuals will take pleasure in on TV,” U.S. coach Gregg Popovich stated.
The opposite quarterfinals: Group A winner France (3-0) will face Italy (2-1, second place in Group B), Group B winner Australia (3-0) performs Argentina (1-2, third place in Group C), and Group C winner Slovenia (3-0) drew a matchup with Germany (1-2, second place in Group B).
The Italy-France winner will play the Slovenia-Germany winner in a single semifinal, and the U.S.-Spain winner performs the Australia-Argentina winner within the different. The quarterfinals are win-or-go-home; a victory means groups are assured of two extra video games – the semifinals adopted by a gold- or bronze-medal contest – earlier than leaving Tokyo.
“Everyone is aware of that there are not any straightforward opponents, particularly USA, Australia, France, these type of groups,” Slovenia guard Zoran Dragic stated. “That is why all people needed to be first of their group.”
The U.S., which misplaced to France within the Olympic opener, bought into the seeded pot of the draw by ending as the highest second-place group. That meant it could not face any of the group winners within the quarterfinals, but additionally needed to play one other second-place finisher – on this case, both Italy or Spain.
As soon as Italy was drawn to play France, the matchup was clear: The U.S. and Spain would meet once more.
And when it comes to the world rankings, the brackets for the Olympic quarterfinals are uncommon: No. 1 performs No. 2 within the USA-Spain contest, and No. 3 Australia performs No. 4 Argentina. The opposite matchups, by world rating, are No. 7 France in opposition to No. 10 Italy and No. 16 Slovenia in opposition to No. 17 Germany.
France and Italy have gone 14-14 in opposition to each other in FIBA and Olympic play. Slovenia is 4-3 in opposition to Germany and Australia and Argentina have break up six earlier conferences.