DandyBoi
Years ago

Beijing Olympics Draw

Boomers were drawn in Group A with defending Olympic Champions Argentina, Russia and Lithuania, and Iran, with the last spots going to a yet t be determined qualifier. They have therefore avoided the USA and Spanish teams. Tough group.

Opals landed in Group A with arch-rivals Russia, Korea, and 3 of the yet to be named qualifiers from the pre-olympic qualifying tournament. They have avoided the USA for the short term.

If I was Goorj, I'd be telling Mills now to start studying up on Ginobili!

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Hoody  
Years ago

Tough draw for the Boomers for sure. Argentina, Lithuania and Russia will ll be tough. Will need to beat Iran, qualifier and possibly 2 out of the first 3 teams names to stay in medal contention. No easy games - even against Iran. At least the boys know who they are preparing for now.

Girls got a relatively easier draw, with Russia their one big test.

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not Really  
Years ago

We only need to make top 4 in the group to make the medal round, as they have top 4 from each group in the quarter finals rather than top 2 semi finals. The more we win the easier the crossover is, but to top 4 in the other group will all be tough as well.

The quarter final is the tough game. Looks like we could be playing Spain or the USA in that game which would be tough. Or a Euro qualifier like Serbia or France.

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not Really  
Years ago

We only need to make top 4 in the group to make the medal round, as they have top 4 from each group in the quarter finals rather than top 2 semi finals. The more we win the easier the crossover is, but to top 4 in the other group will all be tough as well.

The quarter final is the tough game. Looks like we could be playing Spain or the USA in that game which would be tough. Or a Euro qualifier like Serbia or France.

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HO  
Years ago

The change in the structure for the Olympics makes it even tougher than in previou years. Australia get qualifer A which is likely to be a top European team that did not make direct qual through the Euro champs. used to get 2-3 so-so games per pool in previous Olympics - not any more.

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