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

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The 32 teams, which qualified for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, were drawn in eight pots of four teams each, based on the latest FIBA World Ranking for Men after the last window of qualifiers played in February. "Selecting and preparing the US 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 United States of America team will embrace".

Hosts, China, are in Pot 1 alongside the top three teams in the world: USA, Spain and France.

Greece got a smooth draw for the first group stage of the 2019 Basketball World Cup in China on Saturday, and will likely meet Team USA in the second group stage, which means it will avoid it at least in the first knock-out round. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the 2nd Round and will be placed into a new group with the two top teams from a separate group.

China will be placed in Group A with all their group matches to be played in Beijing and reigning world champions U.S. will be allocated to Group E in Shanghai.

The U.S., ranked #1 in the world, are going for their third straight championship.

The 32-country World Cup is August 31 to September 15, with the medal games being held in Beijing.

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The U.S. will be the favorites at the World Cup. Third-ranked France drew the Dominican Republic, Germany and Jordan as its early opponents.

There is an added incentive for teams at this World Cup, with seven spots at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics up for grabs. Japan, Jordan, Tunisia and the last African team to qualify, Ivory Coast make up teams in Pot 8.

"You might say we have been better in those situations, when no one expects us to do well, we love to be in the fight as an underdog".

"At the start of the game you hear your national anthem being played, you see everyone in the arena with their flags, representing their country and colour".

Group D games will be staged at Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center in Foshan, China. Second-round games will be played from Sept. 6-9, quarterfinal matchups are on Sept. 10-11, the semifinals are on Sept. 13 and the championship game is in Beijing on Sept. 15.