NanoPress

Greece, Russia, Italy and Latvia move up the order in latest NIKE FIBA World Ranking Men

Greece, Russia, Italy and Latvia move up the order in latest NIKE FIBA World Ranking Men

FIBA World Ranking has been updated following the last FIBA windows

The FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by NIKE, has been updated following the fifth window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers.

This latest edition of the ranking gives a true reflection of how much every single win or loss mean, and demonstrates the impact of the slightest margin of victory and/or defeat – for better or worse – on a team’s standing.

Click here to view the full ranking.

While the top 5 remains unchanged, Greece (587.9) move up one place to eighth thanks in part to improving to 9-0 in the European Qualifiers by handing #22 Germany their first defeat. The Greeks’move up the order was limited by the fact that they then suffered their own maiden loss of the campaign, at the hands of #4 Serbia. Meanwhile, Croatia (586.2) drop one spot to ninth following their 79-62 loss to #6 Lithuania.

Russia (508.8), on the strength of going 2-0 for the first time in a window of the Qualifiers (beating #21 Finland and #24 Czech Republic), move from #12 to #11.

Brazil (502.2), who were putting the pressure on Australia after the September window for the right to round out the top 10, paid the price for their heavy (94-67) home loss to #23 Canada by making way for the Russians to jump ahead of them.

Italy (480.2) put an end to Lithuania’s perfect run in the Qualifiers when they beat them 70-65 and as a result move up from #14 to #13.

Mexico (478.5) drop to #14 following a winless fifth window, while Latvia (453.4) slot in right behind thanks to an 82-77 defeat of #7 Slovenia.

Puerto Rico (449.0) have a 64-62 loss to #34 Uruguay and the fact of barely (71-70) edging out #44 Panama to blame for finding themselves outside the top 15.

Further on down, several teams move up the order after scoring big wins and/or losing by small margins against higher-ranked teams.

That is the case of Poland (351.6), who climb two places to #25 following a 94-78 win over #13 Italy and a five-point loss (79-74) at the hands of #9 Croatia. Similarly, Montenegro move inside the top 30 (from #31 to #29) on the strength of a 71-66 defeat of #17 Turkey and a defeat by nine points (84-75) to #15 Latvia.

For some countries, progressing up the ranking comes as a bonus after achieving huge success in the fifth window.

This is the case of Korea (293.6), who gain a place (from #33 to #32) after going 2-0 (beating Lebanon and Jordan) in the Asian Qualifiers and qualifying for the World Cup. Likewise, Angola (266.0) jump from #37 to #36 after winning all three of their games in the African Qualifiers – on home soil in Luanda – to also punch their ticket to China 2019.

Japan (223.0) climb from #50 to #47 after winning both games in the fifth window (against Qatar and Kazakhstan) to revive their chances of qualifying for the World Cup. Cameroon gain five places, moving from #63 to #58, after going 2-1 in the November-December window and have the inside track to claim the final qualifying spot from the African Qualifiers as the best third-placed team thanks to a crucial 80-60 win over Egypt.

At the top, the USA (783.0 points) and Spain (702.6 points) remain first and second, some distance ahead of the rest. However, a couple of exciting battles that heated up after the fourth window – France (650.2) and Serbia (645.0) fighting for third place, Argentina (627.1) and Lithuania (621.0) to round out the top 5 – continue to provide some excitement and show no signs of cooling off.

The FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by NIKE, is updated following every window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers. It takes into consideration rating points of games played in top official FIBA competitions and their Qualifiers during an 8-year period.

WORLD
RANK
COUNTRY ZONE
RANK
IOC CURRENT POINTS +/- RANK *
1. USAUSA 1. USA 783.0 0
2. ESPSpain 1. ESP 702.6 0
3. FRAFrance 2. FRA 650.2 0
4. SRBSerbia 3. SRB 645.0 0
5. ARGArgentina 2. ARG 627.1 0
6. LTULithuania 4. LTU 621.0 0
7. SLOSlovenia 5. SLO 611.7 0
8. GREGreece 6. GRE 587.9 +1
9. CROCroatia 7. CRO 586.2 -1
10. AUSAustralia 1. AUS 509.9 0
11. RUSRussia 8. RUS 508.8 +1
12. BRABrazil 3. BRA 502.2 -1
13. ITAItaly 9. ITA 480.5 +1
14. MEXMexico 4. MEX 478.8 -1
15. LATLatvia 10. LAT 453.4 +1
16. PURPuerto Rico 5. PUR 449.0 -1
17. TURTurkey 11. TUR 432.0 0
18. DOMDominican Republic 6. DOM 426.8 0
19. UKRUkraine 12. UKR 415.8 0
20. VENVenezuela 7. VEN 403.3 0
21. FINFinland 13. FIN 395.1 0
22. GERGermany 14. GER 393.7 0
23. CANCanada 8. CAN 387.7 0
24. CZECzech Republic 15. CZE 357.7 0
25. POLPoland 16. POL 351.6 +2
26. IRIIran 2. IRI 348.8 -1
27. GEOGeorgia 17. GEO 346.5 -1
28. BELBelgium 18. BEL 321.6 0
29. MNEMontenegro 19. MNE 313.6 +2
30. CHNChina 3. CHN 313.6 -1
31. PHIPhilippines 4. PHI 310.3 -1
32. KORKorea 5. KOR 293.6 +1
33. NGRNigeria 1. NGR 292.8 -1
34. URUUruguay 9. URU 276.9 0
35. ISRIsrael 20. ISR 273.5 0
36. ANGAngola 2. ANG 266.0 +1
37. HUNHungary 21. HUN 264.3 +2
38. NZLNew Zealand 6. NZL 262.3 0
39. SENSenegal 3. SEN 261.2 -3
40. MKDMKD 22. MKD 248.0 0
41. BIHBosnia and Herzegovina 23. BIH 245.6 +1
42. NEDNetherlands 24. NED 242.2 +2
43. GBRGreat Britain 25. GBR 241.4 -2
44. PANPanama 10. PAN 240.2 -1
45. BULBulgaria 26. BUL 228.1 +4
46. ISVVirgin Islands 11. ISV 223.4 0
47. JPNJapan 7. JPN 223.0 +3
48. ESTEstonia 27. EST 222.0 0
49. JORJordan 8. JOR 218.7 -2
50. ISLIceland 28. ISL 214.4

Source: FIBA Press Release.

Post your comment