The tournament takes place in China and features 32 teams from around the globe.
Which countries are playing?
The tournament has expanded from 24 teams to 32, which are organized into eight groups of four teams each:
- Group A: China, Cote d'Ivoire, Poland, Venezuela
- Group B: Argentina, Korea, Nigeria, Russia
- Group C: Iran, Puerto Rico, Spain, Tunisia
- Group D: Angola, Italy, Philippines, Serbia
- Group E: Czech Republic, Japan, Turkey, United States
- Group: Brazil, Greece, Montenegro, New Zealand
- Group G: Dominican Republic, France, Germany , Jordan
- Group H: Australia, Canada, Lithuania, Senegal
After the other three teams in the group, the top two teams from each group wants to advance to the second round of the group phase. Teams want to play two games each in the second group-phase round, and the top two teams from the four groups will advance to an eight-team, single-elimination tournament.
What is the tournament schedule look like?
The first round of the group takes place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5.
The second round of the group takes place from Sept. 6 to Sept. 9.
The quarterfinals take place on Sept. 10 and 11.
The semifinals take place on Sept. 13.
The final game takes place on Sept. 15.
Which players are on Team USA?
19659011] After Anthony Davis, James Harden, Damian Lillard and other stars, the US is short on NBA talent relative to past years. It should make a competitive tournament and a difficult task for the US to claim its third straight FIBA World Cup championship. Harrison Barnes
When does the US play?
Here's the schedule for Team USA in the first round of group play:
- Sunday, Sept. 1 vs. Czech Republic at 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT)
- Tuesday, Sept. 3 vs. Turkey, 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT)
- Thursday, Sept. 5 Japan, 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT)
How can I watch?
The tournament will not be shown on broadcast or cable TV. All games will be on ESPN Plus, which is ESPN's standalone streaming service. It requires no contract and costs $ 5 a month or $ 50 a year.
You can watch ESPN + on Samsung smart TVs and other TVs using a media stream, like a Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or Chromecast. So you can watch using PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Oculus Go ($ 199 at Amazon) . And you can watch on iPhones, iPads ($ 249 at Walmart)
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