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Olympic Basketball Elimination Brackets

So, we are down to the elimination bracket games.  The match ups have been announced and it looks like every game will be very interesting.  Below are the match ups and my predictions.

 

Brazil (4-1) vs Argentina (3-2) – Prediction: Brazil by 5

United States (5-0) vs Australia (3-2) – Prediction: USA by 25

 

France (4-1) vs Spain (3-2) – Prediction: France by 10

Russia (4-1) vs Lithuania (2-3) – Prediction: Russia by 10

 

The winner of Brazil/Argentina will play against the winner of USA/Australia in the following round, as will France/Spain play Russia/Lithuania.

Today in NBA History – Aug 8

1930 – Jerry Tarkanian is born in Ohio.  Tark the Shark was known for his coaching career at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) but retired with a career record of 990 wins – 228 losses (81.3%).

1979 – Rashard Lewis is born in Louisiana.  So far, Lewis has averaged 16.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists per game over 14 seasons in the NBA.  He has played for the Seattle Super Sonics, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards and made 2 All-Star appearances.

1992 – The United States “Dream Team” won the Gold Medal in the Olympics in Barcelona.  The team won by an average of 43.8 points and is still considered the greatest team assembled in any sport of all time.  The roster included:

  • Charles Barkley
  • Larry Bird
  • Clyde Drexler
  • Patrick Ewing
  • Magic Johnson
  • Michael Jordan
  • Christian Laettner
  • Karl Malone
  • Chris Mullin
  • Scottie Pippen
  • David Robinson
  • John Stockton
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