Many of the world's top players — and a couple of the world's top national teams — are not in China for the FIBA World Cup, a team extravaganza that begins Saturday. At stake over the next 16 days: The world championship, along with seven of the 11 remaining available berths in next summer's Tokyo Olympics.
And several teams figure they can be the one to thwart the United States' bid for an unprecedented third straight crown. The first eight games of the tournament are Saturday, and things will move quite rapidly.
The eight-game-a-day pace continues through Sept. FIBA changed much about the tournament for this edition. The event was moved back a year; the last World Cup was inand it was bumped to this time around to avoid going against the FIFA World Cup for men's soccer in the same years. The field was expanded from 24 to 32 and qualifying rules were vastly altered largely to keep NBA and other pro-league players from helping their countries reach the event.
European champion Slovenia, the world's seventh-ranked team, is not Dead Beat - Stephen Ugo Rosin - Dream Shadow the World Cup.
Same goes for world No. Yet for other nations, the changes sparked opportunity — Nigeria, Venezuela, Italy and Japan all qualified for the first time sinceand Poland made the field for the first time since So I'm extremely honoured and excited and humbled to be here.
Most of the top Americans aren't in the World Cup, a few because of injuries, other candidates cited schedule concerns. Of the 35 leading scorers from this past NBA season who would have been Hello Africa - Rudy G* - Hello Africa to play for the U.
For the international teams, though, there's minimal concern about big-name absences. Teams were drawn into eight groups of four for the opening round, with the two top teams from each group making the round of 16 and the others going into classification games to determine 17th Hello Africa - Rudy G* - Hello Africa 32nd place.
Games are four minute quarters, so regulation is eight minutes shorter than an NBA game. The top two teams from the Americas, top two from Europe and top regional finisher form Asia, Africa and Oceania will clinch spots to join Japan in the Olympics; the last four spots in the team field for the Tokyo Games will come down to qualifying next July.
The so-called "group of death" would be Group H, with Australia which just beat the U. All three of those teams are likely good enough to advance, yet only two will get to the round of 16 with a shot at the quarterfinals. Senegal rounds out that group. Hello Africa - Rudy G* - Hello Africa Americans have won 19 consecutive World Cup formerly known as the world championship games, and Hello Africa - Rudy G* - Hello Africa in games in China when using a roster composed of NBA players in the Olympics and in other games there in and Mason Plumlee is the only player on this year's U.
World Cup team that was on the gold-medal-winning roster at this event in Seven of the eight quarterfinalists from the World Cup are in this year's field. The U. France rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Lithuania for bronze FIBA, basketball's global organizing body, says the tournament will be televised in at least countries and territories.
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