Here is a rundown on some of the games to watch on the Basketball World cup group stage. Mark your calendars!
The U.S. and Spain played a pair of classics in the last two Olympic gold-medal games — the Americans winning both — and fans would love to see them meet again in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
That could only happen if they both reach the Sept. 14 championship game in Madrid, as the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams are on opposite sides of the bracket for the 24-team tournament.
There is plenty of good action in the meantime. Play begins Saturday at four sites throughout Spain and the Canary Islands, with four teams from each site advancing to the single-elimination round that begins Sept. 6.