Brazil needs to win its final game in Group B to have a shot at moving on to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympic men’s basketball tournament. Standing in the host nation’s way is Nigeria.
The 2015 AfroBasket champion is fresh off a domineering upset over European powerhouse Croatia on Saturday. Nigeria could have a repeat performance as they face Brazil on Monday in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil and Nigeria are at the bottom of Group B. Both teams have one win and three losses apiece, as per FIBA.com. Whoever wins on Monday can still advance to the next round. However, stars in Rio would need to be perfectly aligned for that to happen.
The team who ends up with a 2-3 record must hope either or both Croatia and Spain notch losses in their respective final games. Both the third- and fourth-ranked team in Group B currently have a win-loss record of 2-2.
Whoever wins between Brazil and Nigeria will be praying for a two-way or three-way tie with either or both Croatia and Spain. In cases such as these, the basketball committee in Rio will then turn to the point system to determine who will move on and will be booted out of the tournament.
In a two-way tie, the winner of the game played by the two teams involved will have the upper hand. In a three-way tie, scores against teams not involved in the tie are abandoned.
The total points scored and allowed for each game by each team involved will be calculated. The team with the highest Points For and Against value will be given top ranking while the second highest team will earn secondary ranking.