USA retains No.1 FIBA world ranking – One America News Network

USA retains No.1 FIBA world ranking - One America News Network
Field set for 2020 Olympic Qualifying Tournaments
Despite finishing seventh at the FIBA World Cup earlier this month the United States are still ranked No. 1 in the world, and while that may be shocking to some, FIBAs ranking system basically ensures that the chances of America being dethroned are unlikely.

It would take consecutive years of poor play for the U.S. to see any real drop in the rankings, and given that Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard have already verbally committed to competing in the 2020 Olympics, that doesnt look like it will happen in the near future. 

While the men are still in the drivers seat heading into the 2020 Games, the margin for error is even slimmer with Spain — the World Cup champions — now just 54.9 points behind the United States. That might seem like nothing to sweat over, but compare that to the 310-point lead the U.S. womens team has over Spain, and it shows that the men cant just send anyone into international play and expect an easy first-place finish. 

With USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo voicing his concerns about the number of players who pulled out prior to the World Cup, and vowing to right the ship for the 2020 Olympics, all eyes will be on how the U.S. team fills out the rest of its roster in their pursuit of capturing a fourth-straight gold medal at the Olympics next summer.

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All 24 teams that will compete in the 2020 Olympic Qualifying Tournaments have been confirmed following the conclusion of the 2019 Basketball World Cup and the release of the updated FIBA World Ranking Men.

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 produced seven directly qualified teams for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Japan received automatic qualification as the hosts of the event.  

The four remaining places in the 12-team Tokyo 2020 Olympic field are reserved for the winners of each of the four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, set to take place on June 23-28, 2020.  

The FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will include the 16 best-placed non-qualified teams from the FIBA Basketball World Cup and two highest-ranked countries per region in the FIBA World Ranking.

Those teams are: Angola and Senegal (Africa), Mexico and Uruguay (Americas), China and Korea (Asia-Oceania), and Croatia and Slovenia (Europe).

Angola BrazilCanadaChinaCroatia Czech RepublicDominican RepublicGermanyGreeceItalyKoreaLithuaniaMexicoNew ZealandPolandPuerto RicoRussiaSenegalSerbia SloveniaTunisiaTurkey UruguayVenezuela

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