Top seeds for FIBA World Cup confirmed

Top seeds for FIBA World Cup confirmed
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Top seeds for FIBA World Cup confirmed The FIBA World Ranking has been updated after the final window of the qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. The latest edition of the ranking serves as the basis to determine the seeds and pots for the draw of the first-ever 32-team World Cup. The top seeds will be the tournament hosts, China, and the seven best-ranked qualified teams — the United States, Spain, France, Serbia, Argentina, Lithuania, and Greece. The complete draw procedures, which will be based on ranking and geographical principles, will be unveiled during the week leading up to the next milestone event on the Road to China 2019. The Top 9 teams remain unchanged, while Russia (525.3 points) moved up to complete the Top 10. This is in part due to Sergey Bazarevich’s charges going 2-0 in their last two games of the European Qualifiers to ensure their return at the World Cup after missing out in 2014. Russia’s gain is Australia’s loss as the Boomers (515.0) drop to No. 11 after splitting (1-1) the last two games of their Asian Qualifiers campaign. Senegal move up two places to No. 37 on the back of winning their last three African Qualifiers games to clinch their World Cup place. The Philippines remain at No. 31 with 317.6 points. Gilas Pilipinas is the fourth-ranked team in Asia, just behind Australia, Iran, and China. The FIBA World Ranking will be next updated following the conclusion of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will be held on August 31 to September 15. It takes into consideration rating points of games played in top official FIBA competitions and their Qualifiers over the course of an eight-year period.

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