The eight teams that qualified for the Top-8 of the FIBA World Cup 2023 have been confirmed and the action continues on Tuesday with the first two games (Lithuania vs Serbia, Italy vs Team USA).
Hedgeout.net previews the four games that will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.
FIBA World Cup Quarter-Finals
Tuesday, September 5
Wednesday, September 6
Lithuania vs Serbia
Lithuania, a 2010 third place finisher, has been undefeated in the FIBA World Cup (5-0). They have the momentum on their side after their triumph over Team USA (104-110). They will rely on offense to get things done and advance to the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Serbia dominated the Dominican Republic and advanced to the Top-8 for a fourth time in a row. Defense will be the key for the Serbians here, as they will look to stop their opponents’ offense and elite three-point shooting.
Italy vs Team USA
Italy will face Team USA after finishing on top in the Second Round, while the Americans will aim to recover from their loss to Lithuania on Sunday.
The Italians have defeated Team USA only twice in 14 FIBA games (12-2).
Germany vs Latvia
Germany qualified for the Top-8 for the first time since 2006 while Latvia have reached the Quarter-Finals in their debut in the FIBA World Cup. The Germans lead the series over Latvia (3-2), but their last matchup took place 12 years ago, in the 2011 EuroBasket.
Canada vs Slovenia
Canada reached the FIBA World Cup Quarter-Finals for the first time since 1994 and will play Slovenia, who are in the top eight for a third straight major FIBA tournament.
Slovenia and Canada have faced off just once, with the former winning in the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.