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The 18th edition of the FIBA Basketball World Cup will kick off in China on Saturday with a record 32 teams. Seven are from the Americas, eight from Asia and Oceania, five from Africa and 12 from Europe.
This year’s format will have eight groups of four teams initially and the top two in each group advancing to the second round.
Betting-favourite of the tournament is Team USA, which brings in their most vulnerable line-up in recent history. Serbia, Spain and Greece are among the top teams that won’t make it easy for the Americans.
Here are previews for the eight groups:
Ivory Coast – FIBA ranking: 64
Poland– FIBA ranking: 25
Venezuela-– FIBA ranking: 20
China– FIBA ranking: 30