BU at the 2012 London Olympic Games Preview: Men's Basketball

GO TERRIERS Brett Brown ('83) previously served as an assistant at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games for Australia.
Brett Brown ('83) previously served as an assistant at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games for Australia.

July 23, 2012

During the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games on July 27 - August 12, will feature a regularly updated blog following the Terriers who will be competing. Fans can expect schedule listings, updated links to watch the competitions, result recaps etc... For the first time ever, NBC will be featuring ALL of the events live online for fans to follow the action. 

Leading up to Friday's Opening Day ceremony, there will be a preview posted each day on the four sports featuring BU athletes: Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Rowing and Field Hockey. There will also be a look back at BU's participation in previous Olympic Games. 

Australia Boomers: Team Website | Roster 

Men's Basketball: NBCOlympics | London Olympics Website interview with Coach Brown | SB Nation's Australia Team Preview

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Sydney Morning Herald: Boss will spur Boomers, says Bogut

Twitter Updates: @BUAthletics | @AussieBoomers | @L2012Basketball

A senior point guard on the 1983 America East Championship men's basketball team, Brett Brown ('83) will have the unique position as the head coach of Australia's national team. Currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, he earned the coveted spot for the 2012 Olympic Games in 2009 after serving as an assistant coach for the Boomers at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. 

Brown joined the Spurs in July of 2002 after spending 14 seasons coaching in the Australian National Basketball League. He spent five years as director of player development for San Antonio and then moved to the bench prior to the 2006-07 season.

Australia currently ranks No. 9 in the FIBA World Rankings and will face the difficult task of trying to medal with the abscence of NBA star Andrew Bogut due to injury. The Boomers finished 10th overall at the 2010 FIBA World Championships with a 35-point win over Germany and two-point defeat to Argentina.

The Boomers automatically qualified for the Olympics last fall by defeating New Zealand three times to represent the Oceania region. Leading up the Summer Games, Australia completed a four-game road trip through Europe with a thrilling 69-67 victory over No. 12 France and Tony Parker. The team went 1-3 with two six-point losses to No. 2 Spain and a disappointing 16-point defeat to No. 13 Brazil. Back in June, Australia earned three wins at home over No. 4 Greece, showing the team will be a tough opponent.

Australia is one of 12 teams participating in the Olympics and will be in Group B with five other squads. Four of them will advance to the quarterfinals.

Schedule (All times Eastern)
Sunday, July 29: vs. Brazil, 6:15 a.m. (Watch Live)
Tuesday, July 31: vs. Spain, 6:15 a.m. (Watch Live)
Thursday, Aug. 2: vs. China, 6:15 a.m. (Watch Live)
Saturday, Aug. 4: vs. Great Britain, 3:00 p.m. (Watch Live)
Monday, Aug. 6: vs. Russia, 4:00 a.m. (Watch Live
Wednesday, Aug. 8: Quarterfinals
Friday, Aug. 10: Semifinals
Sunday, Aug. 12: Bronze Final/Gold Final

Brown played for the Terriers between 1979 and 1983, earning the Lou Cohen MVP award in 1981 as a 5-foot-11, 165-pound guard under then-head coach Rick Pitino. During his time at BU, the Terriers earned a bid to the NIT in 1980 and to the NCAA tournament in 1983.

In 1981, he averaged 6.0 points per game but more importantly led the team in assists with 120 while finishing second in steals with 50 to receive the coveted MVP award. He finished his career third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.19), fourth all-time in assists (404) and eighth in steals (141).

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