USA Basketball to Host November FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying Group D Games in Indianapolis
USA, Bahamas, Mexico and Puerto Rico to Contest AmeriCup Qualifying Games November 29-30 at the Indianapolis Convention Center
USA Basketball, FIBA Americas, Indiana Sports Corp and Russ Potts Productions today announced the second window of the FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying Group D games will be played at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis from Nov. 29-30.
The game schedule features USA (2-0) meeting Bahamas (1-1) on Nov. 29 and Mexico (1-1) on Nov. 30. Additionally, Mexico will play Puerto Rico (0-2) on Nov. 29, and the Bahamas will face Puerto Rico on Nov. 30.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, no spectators or media will be permitted to attend the games. All games will be streamed on ESPN+.
“USA Basketball and FIBA Americas have worked closely with health experts and the Indiana Sports Corp to develop a safe, secure and controlled environment for the participating AmeriCup teams,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO. “We’re delighted to be able to team with the Indiana Sports Corp to host these games and the national teams from the United States, Bahamas, Mexico and Puerto Rico. We believe we have an overall plan that will protect the health and safety of all the athletes, coaches, and staff, while contesting these important games in a quality environment.”
Comprehensive COVID-19 protocols will be utilized, including mandatory and regular COVID-19 PCR testing administered to participating athletes, coaches, officials and staff in accordance with FIBA and USA Basketball recommendations and CDC guidelines.
“Indiana Sports Corp is excited to bring FIBA and USA Basketball to the Indiana Convention Center and city of Indianapolis for the first time since 2002,” said Ryan Vaughn, Indiana Sports Corp President. “Our team is proud of the hard work and collaboration done by all of the event partners to create a safe environment for these athletes to compete.”
“Our team at RPPI is honored to be a part of bringing live action back to the hardwood with USA Basketball coming to Indianapolis, the best basketball city in America,” said Zach Franz, Senior Vice President of Russ Potts Productions, Inc.. We welcome our friends from Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Bahamas for some exciting competition.”
FIBA AmeriCup 2022 Qualifying
The 2020-21 FIBA AmeriCup qualifiers features 16 teams from the Americas zone divided into four groups of four teams. The top three finishing teams in each Group will earn a qualifying berth in the FIBA AmeriCup 2022.
FIBA AmeriCup 2022 qualifying consists of three windows, each window features two games. The first window was held Feb. 20-24, 2020, and the USA team, led by former NBA head coach Mike Fratello, earned a pair of wins, defeating Puerto Rico 83-70 in San Juan and 95-73 in Washington, DC. Window two will be conducted Nov. 27-Dec. 1, while the third and final qualifying window is scheduled to be held Feb. 18-22, 2021. The USA is slated to close out AmeriCup qualifying play at the Bahamas on Feb. 18 and at Mexico on Feb. 21.
AmeriCup Qualifying Group A consists of Argentina (1-1), Chile (1-1), Colombia (1-1) and Venezuela (1-1); Group B includes Brazil (2-0), Panama (2-0), Paraguay (0-2) and Uruguay (0-2); while Group C features Canada (1-1), Cuba (1-1), Dominican Republic (1-1) and U.S. Virgin Islands (1-1).
The FIBA AmeriCup 2022, considered the FIBA Americas zone championship, will feature 12 nations from North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.
The USA men’s won the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup with a 5-0 record, and in its next most recent participation in 2007, the U.S. rumbled over its opposition in Las Vegas and finished 10-0 to win gold and capture one of the FIBA Americas zone's two qualifying berths for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Overall, USA Basketball officially has now fielded teams in nine AmeriCups (formerly known as FIBA Americas Championships), and has won seven gold (2017, 2007, 2003, 1999, 1997, 1993 and 1992) and one silver medal (1989), while compiling a 65-10 win-loss record.
About USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA national teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored five-on-five, 3x3 and esports international competitions, as well as for some national competitions and for the development of youth basketball. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world-ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys and girls.
Connect with USA Basketball at USAB.com and on Facebook (USABasketball and USABYouth), Twitter (@usabasketball, @USABYouth, @USAB3x3, @usabgaming), Instagram (@USABasketball) and YouTube (usabasketball).
About Indiana Sports Corp
Founded in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission, Indiana Sports Corp is a not-for-profit organization focused on bringing premier sporting events to Indiana to drive economic vitality, facilitate a vibrant community with civic pride and garner positive media attention. Because of this, Indiana Sports Corp is able to provide positive, sports-related opportunities for youth in the community. Indiana Sports Corp also leads Team Indiana, a statewide initiative to support our sports tourism partners throughout the state in their efforts to attract and host events in their communities. For more information, please visit IndianaSportsCorp.org.
About Russ Potts Productions, Inc.
In nearly 40 years in the industry, RPPI has organized over 850 major college and professional sporting events. RPPI, led by its founder Russ Potts, has organized and promoted some of the biggest events in sports from the memorable Georgetown vs. Virginia (Ewing vs. Sampson) game in Washington, D.C. in 1982 to the ‘Battle at Bristol’ college football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016 which holds the all-time college football attendance record at nearly 157,000 fans.
RPPI’s sports marketing and event organization arm is currently managed by Senior Vice President Zach Franz and Vice President of Business Development Adam Syprzak. In addition to sports marketing, promotion, and event organization, RPPI also provides business development, facilities consulting, fundraising, and corporate sponsorship services.