2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup group standings, schedule: Team USA eyeing spot in 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo

The 2019 FIBA World Cup is officially underway, and as the second-most prestigious international basketball tournament in the world, it should qualify as appointment television for any fan of the game interested in worldwide competition or the superstars who will comprise many of the rosters. 

This year, the tournament takes place in China, which means that games are being played at unusual hours for American viewers. So for the sake of clarity, let’s dive into how the tournament works, when the games take place, and what the results will mean for these teams moving forward. 

How to qualify for the Olympics through the FIBA World Cup

A total of 12 teams will participate in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Japan is automatically qualified for the Summer Olympics as the host nation, leaving only 11 spots left to fill. Seven of those 11 spots will be filled in China at the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Here’s how each region can qualify directly from the World Cup:

FIBA Europe: Two spots to best-ranked teams from the regionFIBA Americas: Two spots to best-ranked teams from the region FIBA Africa: One spot to best-ranked team from the region FIBA Asia: One spot to best-ranked team from the region FIBA Oceania: One spot to best-ranked team from the region

Only four spots will remain available after the World Cup. Four teams will book their tickets to Tokyo at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in July of 2020.

How to watch

For a specific look at the United States roster, click here. If you want to narrow down when Team USA is playing, click here for their schedule. Game times for the first round have been announced. Every game of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China can be streamed live on ESPN+. 

First round

The tournament begins with 32 teams divided into eight groups. Each team within each group plays one another once. When those games have been played, the top two teams from each group advance into the second group stage. If multiple teams are tied with identical records, then the first tiebreaker is their head-to-head record against one another in the tournament, and if that doesn’t settle the tie, then point differential against one another, followed by overall point differential, are used next. 

Group A standings and schedule

Poland

3

0

31

6

China

1

2

-1

4

Venezuela

2

1

18

5

Ivory Coast

0

3

-48

3

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Saturday, Aug. 31
Poland 80, Venezuela 69
China 70, Ivory Coast 55

Monday, Sept. 2
Venezuela 87, Ivory Coast 71
Poland 79, China 76   

Wednesday, Sept. 4
Poland 80, Ivory Coast 63
Venezuela 72, China 59  

Group B standings and schedule

Argentina

3

0

47

6

Russia

2

1

11

5

Nigeria

1

2

24

4

South Korea

0

3

-82

3

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Saturday, Aug. 31
Russia 82, Nigeria 77
Argentina 95, South Korea 69

Monday, Sept. 2
Argentina 94, Nigeria 81
Russia 87, South Korea 73  

Wednesday, Sept. 4
Nigeria 108, South Korea 66
Argentina 69, Russia 61

Group C standings and schedule

Spain

3

0

57

6

Puerto Rico

2

1

-5

5

Tunisia

1

2

-30

4

Iran

0

3

-22

3

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Saturday, Aug. 31
Puerto Rico 83, Iran 81
Spain 101, Tunisia 62

Monday, Sept. 2
Tunisia 79, Iran 67
Spain 73, Puerto Rico 63

Wednesday, Sept. 4
Puerto Rico 67, Tunisia 64
Spain 73, Iran 65

Group D standings and schedule

Serbia

3

0

120

6

Italy

2

1

62

5

Angola

1

2

-74

4

Philippines

0

3

-108

3

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Saturday, Aug. 31
Serbia 105, Angola 59
Italy 108, Philippines 62

Monday, Sept. 2
Italy 92, Angola 61
Serbia 126, Philippines 67 

Wednesday, Sept. 4
Angola 84, Philippines 81
Serbia 92, Italy 77 

Group E standings and schedule

United States

2

0

22

4

Turkey

1

1

18

3

Czech Republic

1

1

-8

3

Japan

0

2

-32

2

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Sunday, Sept. 1
Turkey 86, Japan 67
United States 88, Czech Republic 67

Tuesday, Sept. 3
Czech Republic 89, Japan 76 
United States 93, Turkey 92 (OT)

Thursday, Sept. 5
Turkey vs. Czech Republic, 4:30 a.m. 
United States vs. Japan, 8:30 a.m.

Group F standings and schedule

Brazil

2

0

9

4

Greece

1

1

24

3

New Zealand

1

1

2

3

Montenegro

0

2

-35

2

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Sunday, Sept. 1
Brazil 102, New Zealand 94
Greece 85, Montenegro, 60

Tuesday, Sept. 3
New Zealand 93, Montenegro 83  
Brazil 79, Greece 78

Thursday, Sept. 5
Brazil vs. Montenegro, 4 a.m. 
Greece vs. New Zealand, 8 a.m.  

Group G standings and schedule

France

2

0

43

4

Dominican Republic

2

0

6

4

Germany

0

2

-6

2

Jordan

0

2

-43

2

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Sunday, Sept. 1
Dominican Republic 80, Jordan 76
France 78, Germany 74

Tuesday, Sept. 3
Dominican Republic 70, Germany 68
France 103, Jordan 64

Thursday, Sept. 5
Germany vs. Jordan, 4:30 a.m. 
Dominican Republic vs. France, 8:30 a.m.

Group H standings and schedule

Lithuania

2

0

77

4

Australia

2

0

29

4

Canada

0

2

-39

2

Senegal

0

2

-67

2

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Sunday, Sept. 1
Australia 108, Canada 92
Lithuania 101, Senegal 47

Tuesday, Sept. 3
Australia 81, Senegal 68   
Lithuania 92, Canada 69     

Thursday, Sept. 5
Canada vs. Senegal, 3:30 a.m.  
Lithuania vs. Australia, 7:30 a.m.    

Second round

The groups for the second group stage are determined by the results for the first round. The top two teams from Groups A and B share Group I, Groups C and D share group J, Groups E and F share group K and Groups G and H share Group L. Once the groupings have been determined, each team plays the three other teams in its new group once. The top two teams from each new group advance to the single-elimination knockout stage. 

Group I standings and schedule

A1

0

0

0

0

A2

0

0

0

0

B1

0

0

0

0

B2

0

0

0

0

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Friday, Sept. 6
A1 vs. B2
B1 vs. A2  

Sunday, Sept. 8 
A2 vs. B2 
A1 vs. B1  

Group J standings and schedule

C1

0

0

0

0

C2

0

0

0

0

D1

0

0

0

0

D2

0

0

0

0

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Friday, Sept. 6
C1 vs. D2
D1 vs. C2 

Sunday, Sept. 8 
C2 vs. D2
C1 vs. D1  

Group K standings and schedule

E1

0

0

0

0

E2

0

0

0

0

F1

0

0

0

0

F2

0

0

0

0

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Saturday, Sept. 7 
E1 vs. F2
F1 vs. E2 

Monday, Sept. 9 
E2 vs. F2  
E1 vs. F1    

Group L standings and schedule

G1

0

0

0

0

G2

0

0

0

0

H1

0

0

0

0

H2

0

0

0

0

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Saturday, Sept. 7
G1 vs. H2
H1 vs. G2  

Monday, Sept. 9
G2 vs. H2  
G1 vs. H1     

Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Sept. 10
I1 vs. J2
J1 vs. I2

Wednesday, Sept. 11
K1 vs. L2
L1 vs. K2

Consolation games

Thursday, Sept. 12
QF1 loser vs. QF2 loser
QF3 loser vs. QF4 loser 

Semifinal

Friday, Sept. 13
I1/J2 vs. K1/L2
J1/I2 vs. L1/K2

Bronze-medal game

Saturday, Sept. 14
SF1 loser vs. SF2 loser

Gold-medal game

Sunday, Sept. 15
SF1 winner vs. SF2 winner

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