FIBA Men’s World Cup Draw And Preliminary Round Schedule Announced
FIBA (International Basketball Federation) conducted its draw for the 2019 FIBA World Cup for Men today in Shenzhen, China, and announced the composition of the eight, four-team preliminary round groups, and the preliminary round game schedule. The 2019 FIBA World Cup competition has been expanded from 24 to 32 teams and will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in eight cities in China.
Two-time defending World Cup champion and FIBA’s No. 1 world ranked United States was drawn into Group E and will play its first round games in Shanghai. Also drawn into Group E were FIBA’s No. 17 ranked Turkey, No. 24 Czech Republic and No. 48 Japan.
The USA will play Czech Republic on Sept. 1, Turkey on Sept. 3 and Japan on Sept. 5.
The seven other preliminary round groups are as follows:
Group A, playing in Beijing - China, Côte d'Ivoire, Poland and Venezuela
Group B, playing in Wuhan - Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea and Russia
Group C, playing in Guangzhou - Iran, Puerto Rico, Spain and Tunisia
Group D, playing in Foshan - Angola, Italy, Philippines and Serbia
Group F, playing in Nanjing - Brazil, Greece, Montenegro and New Zealand
Group G, playing in Shenzhen - Dominican Republic, France, Germany and Jordan
Group H, playing in Dongguan - Australia, Canada, Lithuania and Senegal
"It’s exciting to learn the makeup of our preliminary round pool and to know we will be playing our first three World Cup games in Shanghai," said USA and head coach Gregg Popovich. "I think all of the pools are well balanced and I know very well there are many national teams who have a legitimate shot of winning the 2019 World Cup. Our group, Group E, features Czech Republic, Japan and Turkey, so we’ll face three well coached teams and a variety of playing styles. Selecting and preparing the USA 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 USA team will embrace.”
Following competition of the round-robin first round games, the top two finishing teams from each group will qualify for the second round, while the bottom two teams from each group will play the classification round for places 17-32. Second round games are scheduled to be held Sept. 6-9 and the results of the three games from the first round carry over to the second round standings.
The second round will feature four groups - Group I will consist of A1, A2, B1 and B2; Group J will feature C1, C2, D1 and D2; Group K will consist of E1, E2, F1 and F2; and Group L will include G1, G2, H1 and H2. Second round play will be held in Foshan, Nanjing, Shenzhen and Wuhan.
The top two finishing teams from each second round group will qualify for the quarterfinals, and the bottom two teams from each second round group are eliminated and ranked in places 9-16 according to the Official Basketball Rules. The quarterfinals action will be held in Dongguan and Shanghai on Sept. 10-11.
Semifinals and the gold and bronze medal game are slated to be held in Beijing on Sept. 13 and Sept. 15, respectively.
The 32-team 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup competition will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in China. Eight cities will host World Cup games - Beijing, Foshan, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
FIBA held in 2017-19 four zone World Cup Qualifying tournaments to determine 31 of the 32 World Cup nations.
China automatically qualified as host of the World Cup. Teams qualifying through the zone World Cup Qualifying games included five teams from the Africa zone - Angola, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia; seven teams from the Americas zone - Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, USA and Venezuela; seven teams from the Asia zone - Australia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand and Philippines; and 12 teams from European zone - Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain and Turkey.
Popovich will be assisted by NBA head coaches Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors) and Nate McMillan (Indiana Pacers) and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright.
Players selected to represent the USA in the 2019 World Cup are expected to be NBA players who are part of the 2019-20 USA National Team roster.
The USA Basketball Men’s National Team roster currently includes (Sacramento Kings); (Washington Wizards); (Phoenix Suns); (Philadelphia 76ers); (Memphis Grizzlies); (Golden State Warriors); (Golden State Warriors); (New Orleans Pelicans); (San Antonio Spurs); (Detroit Pistons); (Golden State Warriors); (Oklahoma City Thunder); (Houston Rockets); (Golden State Warriors); (Detroit Pistons); (Houston Rockets); (Philadelphia 76ers); (Boston Celtics); (Boston Celtics); (Los Angeles Lakers); (New York Knicks); (Toronto Raptors); (Portland Trail Blazers); (Cleveland Cavaliers); (Toronto Raptors);(Portland Trail Blazers); (Milwaukee Bucks); (Indiana Pacers); (Houston Rockets); (Denver Nuggets); (Golden State Warriors); (Indiana Pacers); (Charlotte Hornets);(Washington Wizards); and (Oklahoma City Thunder).
Since the formation of USA Basketball’s National Team program in 2006 by national team manager Jerry Colangelo, USA national teams have compiled a spectacular 88-1 record and claimed top honors in six of seven FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions (through 2016 Olympics).
Additionally, USA National Teams have compiled a 51-1 record in exhibition games since national team rosters included NBA stars starting in 1992.
The current two-time defending World Cup champion USA men have participated in 17 previous FIBA World Cups and have collected 12 medals - five gold medals (1954, 1986, 1994, 2010 and 2014), three silver medals (1950, 1959 and 1982) and four bronze medals (1974, 1990, 1998 and 2006). USA Men’s World Cup teams own an overall World Cup record of 123-27.
Results from the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will qualify seven teams for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Additionally, Olympic host Japan automatically qualified, and the final four nations will qualify through four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments that will be held in 2020 in advance of the Olympics.