LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Turkey celebrate their 72-50 win over Angola during Women's Basketball on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Olympic Men's Basketball, Day 1: Spain, Argentina, Russia Win Big

Team USA wasn't the only power who won big on Sunday in the opening day of the Olympic men's basketball tournament. Spain, Argentina and Russia blew out their opponents, too. Brazil and Nigeria also picked up wins.

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What We Learned In The Olympic Basketball Openers

It was Russia -- not Spain -- who looked like the strongest team in Group B on Sunday. Beyond that, the biggest revelations of Olympic basketball group play may need to wait as chalk dominated on Day 1.


Brazil Vs. Australia, Olympics 2012: Marcelinho Huertas Leads Brazilians To Victory

Marcelinho Huertas is 29, and one of the few true stars of the 2012 Olympic men's basketball competition who has never played in the NBA. His performance in Sunday's group play opener against Australia in Brazil's 75-71 win proves that he might fit in just fine in the Association.

Huertas had 15 points and 10 assists against only one turnover, and piloted a Brazilian team stocked with NBA talent. Anderson Varejao had 12 points and seven boards, Nene Hilario (just Nene to most American fans) had eight points and seven rebounds, and Leandro Barbosa led all Brazilian scorers with 16 points.

Patty Mills led Australia with 18 points, and added seven rebounds and four assists, Joe Ingles added 15 points, and David Andersen had 14 points and eight boards, but the Aussies could not make a good enough run at a Brazilian team that led throughout to steal the game in the second half.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub. For more on Olympic basketball, follow the 2012 Olympic basketball section.

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