2023 FIBA WORLD CUP
These are Team USA’s rivals in the second round of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup
Steve Kerr’s men were expected to top Group C and they have delivered. What’s next now for Team USA?
There were some doubts surrounding Team USA ahead of the 2023 FIBA World Cup as there were no superstars on the roster, but it has turned out to be a pretty solid group.
Steve Kerr’s men seem to be committed to lifting the sixth World Cup trophy in their history and becoming the most successful team in the tournament ever, as they have been delivering good performances so far.
The Americans went undefeated in their five friendly games before the event, which is taking place in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia.
They defeated Puerto Rico, Slovenia, Spain, Greece, and Germany, scoring 92 or more points in all of those games.
Who will the USA face next?
Nothing has changed since they recorded those wins, as Team USA has topped Group C winning all of their three games in the tournament’s first round.
In their opening game, they easily defeated New Zealand (99-72). Against Greece they had no mercy, winning what was considered their toughest match in the group by a 28-point difference (81-109).
The show went on against the weaker Jordan. The Americans came out on top 110-62, a 48-point difference that reminded of the Dream Team and their ease in defeating their opponents.
Now, though, things will get a little trickier, as Kerr’s side will be featuring in the second round, which will consist of a group of three teams.
The US will now play in Group J alongside the runner-up from their section, Greece, but will only take on Lithuania and Montenegro, the winner and runner-up of Group D. The top two teams will advance to the quarterfinals, where the competition turns into a single-elimination format.