For the primary time in 12 years, US basketball is just not on the prime of the lads’s world rankings.
FIBA, the game’s governing physique, up to date its rankings on Friday, and Spain moved into first place, barely forward of the US.
The four-time American Olympic champions rose to primary after profitable the FIBA world championship in 2010 and have been there ever since.
“It is not precisely a brand new title and possibly cannot be held for very lengthy, but it surely’s one thing so distinctive, prestigious and historic that I really feel tremendously happy with everybody who contributed to it,” stated Spain coach Sergio Scariolo. tweeted Friday.
FIBA rankings have been modified in 2017 to a system that considers outcomes from the final eight years. Because of this the US is not reaping the advantages of the 2014 World Cup title, however remains to be seeing Olympic gold medals gained in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo within the rankings. The USA completed seventh within the 2019 World Cup.
Spain gained the newest World Cup, in addition to the EuroBasket title earlier this yr. The EuroBasket victory was Spain’s fourth of their final six appearances within the continental championship, all these victories beneath Scariolo.
Spain is simply 1.1 factors forward of the US males now, taking 758.6 to 757.5.
The subsequent 10 positions on the earth rating remained unchanged. Australia is in third place, Argentina – which was number one earlier than the US took that place in 2010 – is in fourth place, adopted by France, Serbia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Greece, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic.
The US nonetheless ranks first in ladies’s basketball by practically 200 factors over China. The Individuals reached gold at this yr’s Girls’s World Cup, additional cementing their place on the prime of the listing.
US basketball additionally maintains a snug lead on the prime of the world rankings for each girls and boys.
The latest FIBA rankings embody males’s groups from 164 nations and 118 ladies’s groups.