Greece ready to find out opponents in FIBA World Cup

Greece ready to find out opponents in FIBA World Cup

On Saturday, Greece will find out their opponents at the 2019 FIBA World Cup draw in Shenzhen, China.

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The 2019 FIBA World Cup draw will take place on Saturday afternoon at 12:30 PM (GR time) in Shenzhen, Chine, where Greece will find out their opponents in the first stage of the competition. The Episimi Agapimeni will be a top seed in the draw along with seven other basketball powerhouses including the United States, Spain, France, Serbia, Argentina, Lithuania, and the hosts China. Basketball legends Kobe Bryant and Yao Ming will help with proceedings for Saturday’s draw.

The 32 teams will be split into eight groups of four teams and the top two teams from each group will advance to the second round. There, a second group stage will be formed where the teams will be split into four groups of four teams each. The top two teams will advance to the quarterfinals, which will consist of a single game knockout format until a champion is crowned on September 15th, 2019.

For Saturday’s draw, teams have been separated into eight pots (rather than four) based on their FIBA rankings. The eight seeded sides are split into two pots, one and two, and will be the highest seeds in the eight groups. China will play in Group A and the United States will play in Group E.

From there, groups A, C, E, G will be formed between the teams in pots one, four, five, and eight and groups B, D, F, and H will be formed between the teams in pot two, three, six, and seven. With Greece in pot two, their possible opponents will be teams from pots three (RUS, AUS, BRA, ITA), six (CAN, MNE, PHI, KOR), and seven (NIG, SEN, NZE, ANG).

Below are the eight pots for Saturday’s draw:

Pot 1: China, United States, Spain, France

Pot 2: Serbia, Lithuania, Argentina, GREECE

Pot 3: Russia, Australia, Brazil, Italy

Pot 4: Puerto Rico, Turkey, Dominican Republic, Venezuela

Pot 5: Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Iran

Pot 6: Canada, Montenegro, Philippines, Korea

Pot 7: Nigeria, Senegal, New Zealand, Angola

Pot 8: Japan, Jordan, Tunisia, Ivory Coast


by Peter Katsiris

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