The FIBA World Cup officially starts on Saturday, Aug. 31. However, for Wizards forward Rui Hachimura and Japan as well as the United States, their first group stage game is on Sunday, Sept. 1.
Here are the schedules for both Japan and the United States as they compete for the Group E title.
Team Japan Schedule
- Sunday, Sept. 1 — vs. Turkey (4:30 a.m. ET)
- Tuesday, Sept. 3 — vs. Czech Republic (4:30 a.m. ET)
- Thursday, Sept. 5 — vs. USA (8:30 a.m. ET)
Team USA schedule
- Sunday, Sept. 1 — vs. Czech Republic (8:30 a.m. ET)
- Tuesday, Sept. 3 — vs. Turkey (8:30 a.m. ET)
- Thursday, Sept. 5 — vs. Japan (8:30 a.m. ET)
How can I watch the games?
All group stage games can be streamed live on ESPN Plus. This requires a $4.99 monthly subscription on top of WatchESPN.
What is Japan’s history in the World Cup?
This is Japan’s fifth appearance in the FIBA World Cup, their first since 2006 when they hosted the event. Their highest finish was 11th in the 1967 tournament in Uruguay. Japan has an outside shot of advancing to the knockout stage if they can beat the Czech Republic and assuming that the Turkish and Americans win the top two spots in the group.
What is the USA’s history in the World Cup?
This is the USA’s 17th appearance in the FIBA World Cup and they will look to win their third consecutive gold medal and fifth overall. The United States has also won five World Cups overall, tied with the now-defunct Yugoslavia for the most gold medals overall. The Americans are one of the favorites to win the World Cup once again, but a lack of star power will make them quite vulnerable to an early exit in the knockout rounds.