USA start Basketball World Cup defence against Czechs

Aubrey Yates
March 17, 2019

The 32-country World Cup is August 31 to September 15, with the medal games being held in Beijing. "Selecting and preparing the U.S. team in a short amount of time will be a challenge and repeating as gold medalists for a third straight FIBA World Cup is something everyone associated with the US team will embrace". "We are a very young team".

Serbia, which was the losing finalist in the 2014 Fiba World Cup and is ranked fourth-best in the world, is the favorite to rule Group D. So Ersan Ilyasova, who plans to play for Turkey, knew long before the rest of the group was picked that his country will face a serious challenge.

Canada was drawn into a tough Group H for the 2019 FIBA World Cup alongside Lithuania, Australia and Senegal. The U.S.A, Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic are the other six teams that have qualified for the World Cup from the Americas zone.

Gilas Pilipinas, which needed to win its last two assignments and a Korea victory over Lebanon to push through, is making its second straight appearance in the World Cup. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the 2nd Round and will be placed into a new group with the two top teams from a separate group.

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Lithuania will enter the World Cup with a world rank of 6th overall, Australia will enter with a rank of 11th after just falling outside the top 10 in the latest FIBA World Ranking list. 32 teams were divided into 8 groups. Third-ranked France drew the Dominican Republic, Germany and Jordan as its early opponents. There will be 12 teams in the Olympic field - host Japan is one, and seven other nations will directly qualify from the World Cup. This should not bring about any defeatism as, at their best, Canada Basketball has reached the point where they should feel confident beating just about any country in the world.

"It's a greater sense of honor to be playing for your country", Bryant said.

Group H plays their preliminary round games in Dongguan, China.

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