VIDEO PREVIEW | USA BASKETBALL U19 HEADQUARTERS
AUSTIN, Texas – The United States, the six-time defending FIBA U19 World Cup gold medalist, is hoping to claim its seventh gold medal in a row at the 12th FIBA U19 World Cup, held July 22-30 in Cividale del Friuli and Udine, Italy. Preliminary round play begins on Saturday when Team USA faces Mali at 11:30 a.m. CT.
The 12-person USA U19 team features Texas sophomores Joyner Holmes and Alecia Sutton.
After opening against Mali on July 22, the USA will face China on July 23 and cap the preliminary round against host Italy on July 25. Also competing in the 16-nation tournament are Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Korea and Spain.
Following the preliminary round, teams will be seeded according to group play, and all participating teams will advance to the July 26 round of 16. Winners will advance to the July 28 medal quarterfinals, while the remaining teams will continue playing out for classification. The medal semifinals will be held July 29, and the gold and bronze medal games are slated for July 30.
The United States won the 2017 Refrion Cup, a series of three exhibition games, earlier this week. The U.S. defeated Spain 84-72, Italy 62-36, and Latvia 65-46.
USA BASKETBALL U19 SCHEDULE AT 2017 FIBA WORLD CUP
Saturday, July 22
USA vs. Mali
11:30 a.m. CT
Sunday, July 23
USA vs. China
11:00 a.m. CT
Cividale del Friuli, Italy
Tuesday, July 25
USA vs. Italy
1:45 p.m. CT
Wednesday, July 26
Round of 16
Friday, July 28
Classification and Medal Quarterfinals
Saturday, July 29
Classification and Medal Semifinals
Sunday, July 30
Gold Medal Game
Bronze Medal Game