Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
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U.S. launch Basketball World Cup defence against Czechs

U.S. launch Basketball World Cup defence against Czechs

The World Cup will take place from August 31 to September 15.

The the world's No. 1-ranked team by FIBA. "We are a very young team".

Canada hasn't appeared at the FIBA Basketball World Cup since 2010, when it was the FIBA World Championship.

The tournament format is cut throat, with the top two from each Group advancing to the round of 16 and a shot at the medals, while those finishing third and fourth will play in classification 17 to 32 matches.

Talented as the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team was, Johnson and Jordan stood out among the giants.

USA Basketball were drawn in Group E alongside Turkey, the Czech Republic, and Japan for this summer's FIBA World Cup championship.

The U.S., ranked #1 in the world, are going for their third straight championship. The top two teams from Group H will combine with the top two from Group H (probably France and Germany) to form a new group for the second round. For Canada to qualify directly to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 via the FIBA Basketball World Cup they must finish as one of the top two teams from the Americas zone.

"In my experience, the World Cup is not about the first round - it's all about the second round", Ilyasova said.

Spain won the World Cup in 2006, led by Pau Gasol - and he's hoping to play for his country this summer as well. The Chinese are paired with Venezuela, Poland and Ivory Coast.

The toughest group, on paper, looks to be Group H where No. 6 Lithuania, No. 11 Australia, No. 23 Canada and No. 37 Senegal will vie for two spots in the second round. Despite winning their qualifying group with a 10-2 record, seeds were decided with an eye towards past performance in big tournaments, rather than the qualification tournament itself.

The U.S. will be the favorites at the World Cup. Bryant said he expects competition to be stiff.

"It's a real sense of honour to be playing for your country".

On August 31 they play Australia in the opening game of Group H. Lithuania will be their next opponents on September 2nd and they'll round out their first three games with Senegal on September 4th.

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