2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers, explained: Canada’s roster, schedule and why it’s playing in Americas Qualifiers


Team Canada is on the verge of qualifying for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

As the next window of World Cup Qualifiers begin on Thursday, Aug. 25, Canada has placed itself in a favorable position to earn a spot in the tournament.

After going 6-0 in the First Round of Qualifiers, Canada owns the best record of any country, as First Round results carry over to the Second Round.

To open the Second Round, Canada will face off against Argentina on Thursday, Aug. 25 and Panama on Monday, Aug. 29.

For more information on Canada’s roster, schedule and standings for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers, The Sporting News has you covered below.

Team Canada 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers roster

Canada Basketball announced preliminary the 20-man roster for the 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers training camp, headlined by Oklahoma City Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Of the 20 players listed above, RJ Barrett, Khem Birch, Dillon Brooks, Luguentz Dort and Jamal Murray will attend training camp, but will not participate in the FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers.

Team Canada 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers Schedule

Team Canada will take on Argentina on Thursday, Aug. 25 and Panama on Monday, Aug. 29 for their first two games of the Second Round of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.

They’ll host Venezuela and Panama in the second window of round two in mid-November and be on the road for their last two games of round two in Argentina and Venezuela.

Date Opponent Time (ET) Venue City
Thursday, Aug. 25 vs. Argentina 10:40 PM Save-On-Foods Memorial Center Victoria, BC
Monday, Aug. 29 at Panama 8:10 PM Arena Roberto Duran Panama City
Thurs. Nov. 10 Venezuela TBA TBA TBA
Sun. Nov. 13 Panama TBA TBA TBA
Fri. Feb. 24 at Argentina TBA TBA TBA
Mon. Feb. 27 at Venezuela TBA TBA TBA

How can Canada qualify for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup?

Canada finished with a perfect 6-0 record in the First Round of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers, giving it a huge edge on the competition for the Second Round. Their record carries over from the First Round, so Canada will begin the Second Round in first place among all teams in their Group (E).

Countries will play each team in their group twice. The top three teams from Groups E and F, as well as the seventh-best overall record (regardless of group), will qualify for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

You can find the standings for both groups below.

Note: Teams are rewarded two points for a win and one point for a loss. Tiebreaker goes to total +/-.

2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers — Group E
Rank Team Record +/- Points
1. Canada 6-0 198 12
2. Venezuela 5-1 126 11
3. Argentina 5-1 73 11
4. Dominican Republic 4-2 73 10
5. Panama 2-4 -8 8
6. Bahamas 2-4 -82 8

 

2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers — Group F
Rank Team Record +/- Points
1. Brazil 5-1 122 11
2. USA 5-1 66 11
3. Uruguay 4-2 10 10
4. Mexico 4-2 0 10
5. Puerto Rico 3-3 -7 9
6. Colombia 2-4 -74 8





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