And over the day period, you can expect 92 games and plenty of downright impressive players all aiming to take the top spot. The Team USA vs. France game kicks off at 7 a. Eastern at the Dongguan Basketball Center in China. The tourney ultimately culminates in the finals matchup on Sunday, Sept.
Team USA lost to Australia in one of its four warm-up games but remain the bookmakers' favorites to become the first team in history to win the tournament three times in a row. The 18th edition of the tournament begins on Saturday, August 31, with the final scheduled for Sunday, September Format The tournament has been expanded from 24 to 32 teams, which are divided into eight groups of four.
Learn how and when to remove this template message The Basketball World Cup has existed in several different formats throughout the years, as it has expanded and contracted between 10 and 24 teams.
Each team in a group will play the other three teams once, with the top two teams from each group advancing to a second group stage. In the second phase, the 16 remaining teams will be split in four groups of four, with each team playing each other once.
The top two teams in each group will qualify for the quarterfinals. From then on, the tournament will follow a traditional knock-out stage format. The World Cup will serve as a qualification tournament for the Olympic Games.
The top two teams from each of the Americas and Europe, and the top team from each of Africa, Asia and Oceania will qualify for the Olympics. Europe has 12 representatives, with Czech Republic and Montenegro making their World Cup debut as independent nations.
The duo are joined by the continent's traditional heavyweights in the shape of France, Greece, Lithuania, Russia, Serbia and Spain. Poland returns to the World Cup for the first time since , while Germany, Italy and Turkey complete the picture.