9. 1948, London
Head Coach: Omar Browning
Roster: Clifford Barker (F), Don Barksdale (C), Ralph Beard (G), Lewis Beck (G), Vincent Boryla (G), Gordon Carpenter (C/F), Alex Groza (C), Wallace Jones (C/F), Robert Kurland (C), Raymond Lumpp (G), R.C. Pitts (F), Jesse Renick (G), Kenneth Rollins (G), Jack Robinson (G)
Margin of Victory: 33.5
The 1948 team was made up of the AAU Champion Phillips 66ers and the National Champion Kentucky Wildcats. The two teams faced off during the Olympic Trials for head coaching honors. The 66ers beat the Wildcats, which made Omar Browning the head coach and Adolf Rupp his assistant. The two coaches selected the best players from their respective teams to represent America in the Olympics. Many European countries were unable to field teams due to the effects of WWII, so most of the teams in the quarterfinals were from the Americas.
After blowing out Switzerland and Czechoslovakia, Team USA had a hard time putting Argentina away in their third game. With three minutes left and the scored tied at 55, the US hit a couple clutch shots to win 59-57. The Argentinians proved to be their only competition as Team USA steamrolled through the next four games and capped it off by demolishing France, 65-21, to win the gold in the fifth and final game.
A handful of guys went on to play in the NBA. Alex Gorza and Ralph Beard were banned for life after only two seasons because of their involvement in a point-shaving scandal when they were at Kentucky. While Don Barksdale became the first African-American basketball player to be named an NCAA All-American, Olympian and an NBA All-Star. This team was stacked for their time.