The 2019 FIBA World Cup in China is officially underway, and it provides a unique opportunity for the United States men’s national team. If they’re able to walk away with a gold medal, they will become the first team to win three consecutive gold medals in the tournament’s history after they claimed gold in both 2010 and 2014.
The tournament, which was moved from 2018 to 2019 so that it wasn’t held on the same year as the FIFA soccer World Cup, has major implications for all of the 32 countries involved, as it serves as qualification for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. There are seven teams — two from the Americas, two from Europe and one each from the Africa, Asia and Oceania regions — that will qualify for Tokyo based on their finish at the World Cup.
Game times for the first round have been announced, and every game of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China can be streamed live on ESPN+.
Here’s the full schedule:
(All times are Eastern)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31
Serbia 105, Angola 59 Poland 80, Venezuela 69 Russia 82, Nigeria 77Puerto Rico 83, Iran 81Italy 108, Philippines 62 China 70, Ivory Coast 55 Argentina 95, South Korea 69 Spain 101, Tunisia 62
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
United States 88, Czech Republic 67Australia 108, Canada 92
Brazil 102, New Zealand 94Turkey 88, Japan 67Dominican Republic 80, Jordan 76Lithuania 101, Senegal 47 Greece 85, Montenegro, 60France 78, Germany 74
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Italy 92, Angola 61 Venezuela 87, Ivory Coast 71 Argentina 94, Nigeria 81 Tunisia 79, Iran 67 Serbia 126, Philippines 67 Poland 79, China 76Russia 87, Korea 73 Spain 73, Puerto Rico 63
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Australia vs. Senegal, 3:30 a.m. Montenegro vs. New Zealand, 4 a.m. Japan vs. Czech Republic, 4:30 a.m. Germany vs. Dominican Republic, 4:30 a.m. Lithuania vs. Canada, 7:30 a.m. Brazil vs. Greece, 8 a.m. United States vs. Turkey, 8:30 a.m.Jordan vs. France, 8:30 a.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Angola vs. Philippines, 3:30 a.m. Ivory Coast vs. Poland, 4 a.m. South Korea vs. Nigeria, 4:30 a.m. Puerto Rico vs. Tunisia, 4:30 a.m. Italy vs. Serbia, 7:30 a.m. Venezuela vs. China, 8 a.m. Russia vs. Argentina, 8:30 a.m. Spain vs. Iran, 8:30 a.m.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Canada vs. Senegal, 3:30 a.m. Brazil vs. Montenegro, 4 a.m. Turkey vs. Czech Republic, 4:30 a.m. Germany vs. Jordan, 4:30 a.m. Lithuania vs. Australia, 7:30 a.m. Greece vs. New Zealand, 8 a.m.United States vs. Japan, 8:30 a.m.Dominican Republic vs. France, 8:30 a.m. Second round
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
A1 vs. B2B1 vs. A2C1 vs. D2D1 vs. C2A3 vs. B4B3 vs. A4C3 vs. D4D3 vs. C4
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
E1 vs. F2F1 vs. E2G1 vs. H2H1 vs. G2E3 vs. F4 F3 vs. E4G3 vs. H4H3 vs. G4
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
A2 vs. B2 A1 vs. B1C2 vs. D2C1 vs. D1A4 vs. B4A3 vs. B3C4 vs. D4C3 vs. D3
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
E2 vs. F2 E1 vs. F1 G2 vs. H2 G1 vs. H1 E4 vs. F4E3 vs. F3 G4 vs. H4G3 vs. H3Quarterfinals
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
QF1 loser vs. QF2 loserQF3 loser vs. QF4 loser Semifinal
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
I1/J2 vs. K1/L2J1/I2 vs. L1/K2Bronze-medal game
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
SM1 winner vs. SM2 winner
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