USA Basketball and the Greensboro Swarm will team up to host the USA’s February second round home games of the FIBA World Cup Qualifying when the USA men face Panama on Friday, Feb. 22 (7 p.m. EST), and Argentina on Monday, Feb. 25 (7 p.m. EST).
The February second-round games mark the return of the USA World Cup Qualifying Team to Greensboro. The USA played its first home FIBA World Cup Qualifying game in Greensboro versus Mexico on Nov. 26, 2017, a game the USA men won 91-55.
Players selected to represent the USA in the World Cup Qualifying games are expected to primarily be from the NBA G League, the NBA’s official minor league, and will be selected by the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team Committee.
Former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy, who has directed the USA men to a 7-1 record to date in World Cup Qualifying play, returns as head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team.
The current two-time defending World Cup champion USA men have participated in 17 FIBA World Cups and have collected 12 medals - five gold medals (1954, 1986, 1994, 2010 and 2014), three silver medals (1950, 1959 and 1982) and four bronze medals (1974, 1990, 1998 and 2006). USA teams own an overall record of 123-27.