Olympic Basketball Game Margins

The United States women defeated Senegal today in basketball, 121-56, a 65 point margin. Is that the largest margin in Olympic history? Not quite – its the third largest, after two 66-point margins for women, one by the former Soviet Union, and one by host nation Brazil, although back in 2004. Here are the largest margins ever in Olympic women’s basketball.

Margin Teams Score Year/Round
66 Soviet Union d. Italy 119 – 53 1980 Round-Robin
66 Brazil d. Japan 128 – 62 2004 Group A
65 United States d. Senegal 121-56 2012 Group B
64 Soviet Union d. Canada 115 – 51 1976 Round-Robin
60 United States d. DPR Congo (Kinshasa) 107 – 47 1996 Group B
58 Soviet Union d. Hungary 120 – 62 1980 Round-Robin
57 Australia d. Senegal 96 – 39 2000 Group A
56 United States d. Czechoslovakia 111 – 55 1992 Group B
56 United States d. Mali 97 – 41 2008 Group B
55 United States d. Spain 114 – 59 1992 Group B
52 United States d. New Zealand 99 – 47 2004 Group B
52 United States d. Angola 90 – 38 2012 Group A

And here are the largest margins in men’s Olympic basketball.

Margin Teams Score Year/Round
100 Korea (South) d. Iraq 120 – 20 1948 Group B
100 China d. Iraq 125 – 25 1948 Group B
83 United States d. Nigeria 156 – 73 2012 Group A
82 Chile d. Iraq 100 – 18 1948 Group B
78 Belgium d. Iraq 98 – 20 1948 Group B
73 Brazil d. India 137 – 64 1980 Group A
72 The Philippines d. Iraq 102 – 30 1948 Group B
72 United States d. Thailand 101 – 29 1956 Group A
72 Soviet Union d. Morocco 123 – 51 1968 Group B
68 United States d. The Philippines 121 – 53 1956 Group A
68 Czechoslovakia d. India 133 – 65 1980 Group A
68 United States d. Angola 116 – 48 1992 Group A

As you can see those two 1948 margins are quite a bit larger than any women’s game, and even 17 points more than the margin by which the USA men defeated Nigeria in 2012. The 1992 USA Dream Team’s largest margin of 68 only comes in =10th on this list.

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