In the wake of recent events, basketball fans should certainly want to know more about the next matchup for Team USA in the 2023 FIBA World Cup. As many of us might be aware, Team USA is currently participating in the FIBA World Cup along with several other countries from across the world.
Since the team possesses a star-studded roster filled with some of the best young stars in the NBA, Team USA has been heavily favored by many to win the tournament. Although the team hadn’t lost until this point, their 6-point loss to Lithuania undoubtedly caught them off guard.
Thankfully, they had already secured their spot in the quarterfinals and weren’t eliminated. Now, Anthony Edwards and his squad look to get back on track against Italy. That said, fans might want to know more details surrounding this matchup. Let us find out.
Is Team USA eliminated from the 2023 FIBA World Cup?
Since the format of the FIBA World Cup was unclear to most NBA fans, many of them went into a panic after Team USA lost to Lithuania. Despite an incredible scoring performance from Anthony Edwards, Team USA let Lithuania get a big lead in the first quarter and never managed to fully recover.
Thankfully, this was just a seeding game. Team USA has already qualified for the quarterfinals and will be playing against Italy. This, unlike their previous game, is a win-or-go-home situation. Despite their recent loss, Team USA is still considered the overwhelming favorite to win this game against Italy.
USA vs. Italy will be on September 5, 2023, at 8:40 AM ET. Fans can watch the game on ESPN 2 or register for Courtside 1891, the exclusive streaming site for FIBA games.
Multiple stars such as Austin Reaves, Paolo Banchero, and Jalen Brunson didn’t play well in their previous game. One could argue that Anthony Edwards was the only reason that the USA lost by only 6 points as opposed to getting blown out.
BREAKING: Lithuania defeats Team USA pic.twitter.com/jhTqywhKe8
— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) September 3, 2023
There are no NBA players representing Italy this time around. However, USA shouldn’t underestimate their opponent. Bringing their best game and strategies out from the get-go gives them the best chance of beating Italy and advancing further in the 2023 FIBA World Cup.