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

Rex Christensen
March 18, 2019

Turkey men's basketball team will meet Czech Republic, the USA and Japan in the Group E in 2019 FIBA World Cup group stage.

The U.S. will be the favourites at the World Cup. "The team that we will assemble will pour their hearts and souls into continuing our proud record on the world stage and honouring Tū Kaha by representing the past, the present and the future in everything we do". We have friends that will experience a championship for the first time.

"That's good for us". 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.

Panlilio said the Philippines is in a tough bracket but he's counting on Gilas' fighting spirit to claim at least two wins in the first round to advance to the second.

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. "We met with FIBA treasurer Ingo Weiss before the draw and I asked him if the U.S. is beatable and if the other teams are just playing for the silver medal".

Each team plays against the other three teams in their group once. So Ersan Ilyasova, who plans to play for Turkey, knew long before the rest of the group was picked that his country will face a serious challenge. "But it's going to be fun". Second-ranked Spain will meet Puerto Rico, Iran and Tunisia in the group stage. Third-ranked France drew the Dominican Republic, Germany and Jordan as its early opponents.

Italy is no slouch, as they are the 13th ranked country in the world.

Shea Ili on the drive for the Tall Blacks
SuppliedShea Ili on the drive for the Tall Blacks

Host China is in the easiest group, Group A - where no team is now ranked higher than No. 20.

"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.

Canada is No. 23 on the FIBA rankings.

A total of 12 teams qualified for Europe.

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

"I don't think we can surprise people anymore", Norwood said after helping Rain or Shine produce an 88-85 win over Meralco in Friday's PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome. Bryant said he expects competition to be stiff.

Group D will play in Foshan, China starting August 31.

Eight teams of the 32 will make the Quarter-Finals and will play single elimination games until a champion is crowned.

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