Lithuania (3-0, 6 points) vs. Spain (1-2, 4 points)
- Time: 5:00 PM CST
When the Olympics first started, I debated whether to do a primer for every Lithuania and Spain game. But then I realized I’m not Fran Fraschilla. I’m not classically trained in the international game, and it likely would’ve been a disservice to just speak of the players that I did know about (which is likely less than 50% of the Olympic men’s basketball participants). So I targeted this game to do the primer, and it turns out to be a pretty pivotal game in Group B play.
In the preliminary stage of the tournament, each team has to play every team in their allotted group. Once the round robin stage is done, the top 4 teams in each group play in a single elimination tournament with seeding decided by the points system (2 points for a win and 1 point for a loss) and various tie-breakers if necessary. Currently in Group B, Argentina leads the group with a 3-1 record by virtue of having won their earlier game today against host country Brazil. Lithuania is currently the only undefeated team in Group B with a 3-0 record, and is almost guaranteed to make it to the elimination tournament. Keep Reading…