US hoops draws Turkey, Czech Republic, Japan in World Cup

Kelly Olynyk

The Philippines was grouped with a formidable list of basketball teams in the coming 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Canada will play Australia on August 31, Lithuania on September 2, and Senegal on September 4. "Selecting and preparing the U.S. 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 US team will embrace".

The Philippines was drawn into Group D along with European powerhouse Serbia, Italy and Angola.

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Serbia, which was the losing finalist in the 2014 Fiba World Cup and is ranked fourth-best in the world, is the favorite to rule Group D.

The Philippines was slotted in Pool D and will play its games in Foshan, China. 32 teams were divided into 8 groups. 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.

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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.

Canada will cross over with the top two teams from Group G (Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Jordan) if they are able to advance to the 2nd round.

The highest ranked team from Oceania at the World Cup will book a berth at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Turkish team, now ranking 17th, were the runners-up in 2010, losing 64-81 to the U.S.in the final. Still, if Canada was going to finish well, they had to play excellent teams at some point. World Cup finals first-timers Montenegro had seven wins and five losses in finishing third in their European group and South American superstars Brazil qualified with nine wins and three losses from the Americas' Group F.

Team USA, who have named the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry in their 2019-2020 roster, will be strong favourites to retain their crown at the August 31-September 15 showpiece in China.

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