Canada drawn into tough World Cup group with Lithuania, Australia and Senegal

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 17, 2019

The United States' quest for a third straight FIBA World Cup championship will begin with matchups against Turkey, the Czech Republic and Japan this summer.

The U.S. will be the favourites at the World Cup.

He added that drawing the the group stage might serve as an advantage for avoiding meeting them in later rounds.

According to the guidelines released by FIBA 24 hours before the event, Pots 1, 4, 5 and 8 will feed Groups A, C, E and G while Pots 2, 3, 6 and 7 will feed Groups B, D, F and H.

Now that the group is set, Team Canada can now start the preparation for the Basketball World Cup knowing their first three opponents.

"This is always an exciting part of the journey to a World Cup, to finally find out who we will play and begin to put our plans in place", Henare said.

The draw was made in China on Saturday night (Sunday morning NZ time) with New Zealand's games to be hosted in Nanjing.

France, ranked third in the world behind top-rated U.S. and then Spain, are in Group G with the Dominican Republic, Jordan and European rivals Germany.

The U.S. roster won't be decided until after the National Basketball Association season, although James Harden has expressed his desire to play.

It's still unclear which National Basketball Association players will join coach Gregg Popovich in China.

"I think you're gonna have to play, I think the mindset is that you're thinking that we have to be ready to play whoever comes through that door", general manager Rowan Barrett told The Athletic earlier this month.

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For the first time ever the top seven teams from the FIBA Basketball World Cup will earn direct qualification to the Olympics.

Every team in the 2nd round plays two games against the two team in their group they did not play against in the first round and the top two teams from there will secure a spot in the Quarter-Finals. It was known Friday, a day before the draw, that Turkey had to be in the same group as the Americans because of the way that other teams from the Americas were placed into pods.

China will be placed in Group A with all their group matches to be played in Beijing and reigning world champions US will be allocated to Group E in Shanghai. "It's not going to be easy".

Group C: Spain, Puerto Rico, Iran and Tunisia. "So if we have a chance to go for it this summer, we will".

Group A: Venezuela, Poland, China and Ivory Coast.

Derulo was a part of Saturday's draw ceremony for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will be held August 31 - September 15 in China.

Each team plays against the other three teams in their group once.

The other four will reach Tokyo through qualifying tournaments over the next year.

Greece topped a super-group including Serbia and Germany in the World Cup qualifiers. Bryant said he expects competition to be stiff.

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

Group D games will be staged at Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center in Foshan, China.

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