Texas Longhorns Athletics – USA Basketball U19 team begins FIBA World Cup quest on Saturday


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. 


Saturday, July 22

Preliminary Rounds

USA vs. Mali

11:30 a.m. CT

Udine, Italy

Sunday, July 23

Preliminary Rounds

USA vs. China

11:00 a.m. CT

Cividale del Friuli, Italy

Tuesday, July 25

Preliminary Rounds

USA vs. Italy

1:45 p.m. CT

Udine, Italy

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

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