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FIBA World Cup 2019: Czech Republic to play United States, Turkey, Japan in Group E

Tomas Satoransky will lead the Czechs on the world stage this summer.

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Tomas Satoransky will get to show his skills on the world stage!
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The 2019 FIBA World Cup group drawing was held today in China. Tomas Satoransky, former Wizards forward Jan Vesely and the Czech Republic will play the United States, Turkey and Japan in Group E. Games will be held in Shanghai.

The FIBA World Cup will be from August 31 to September 15, 2019. We will see if other Wizards’ players don uniforms for one of the other 31 teams.

Go get ‘em, Sato!!!

UPDATE on Mar. 17 — When are the games?

Here are the dates for the Czech Republic’s group stage games in the FIBA World Cup.

  • Sunday, Sept. 1 vs. United States
  • Tuesday, Sept. 3 vs. Japan
  • Thursday, Sept. 5 vs. Turkey

All game times are to be determined.

What if the Czechs are first or second in Group E?

After the group stage, if the Czechs are first or second, they will then play in a second round four-team group called Group K. This group will feature the top two teams in Group F. Those four teams are Greece, New Zealand, Brazil and Montenegro.

There are only two games in this round, but the Czechs would only play two additional games against the Top-two teams in Group F. They won’t play the other advancing team from Group E because they met already. These games will be on Saturday, Sept. 7 and Monday Sept. 9.

If the Czechs are in the top two of Group K which includes their Group E record, then they go into the quarterfinals which are on Tuesday Sept. 10 or Wednesday Sept. 11. The semifinals are on Friday Sept. 13 and the medal games are on Sunday Sept. 15. Even if the Czechs lose in the quarterfinals, they will still play in a tournament for fifth-place. That’s to determine FIBA rankings and standing for the Olympics or EuroBasket.

What if the Czechs are third or fourth in Group E?

If the Czechs are third or fourth in Group E, they will play two more games in Group O where they would play the bottom two teams in Group F. From there the Czechs will be ranked based on their record.

You can read the rules here and the schedule is here.