Olympic basketball Power Rankings

Originally Published: July 27, 2012
By Marc Stein |

LONDON -- Mike Krzyzewski said it in Manchester, said it Barcelona and said it again Friday afternoon when the coach who's sporting a 54-1 record in international competition met the world media at Team USA's first news conference of the Olympics.

"There are a number of teams that can beat us in this tournament," Coach K insisted. "We know that."

Precisely how many of the other 11 countries entered can legitimately pull that off is a matter of debate, but surely we can all agree that trotting out a special FIBA edition of's Power Rankings -- listing the men's Olympic basketball entrants from 1 to 12 -- can't be a bad thing. Right?

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