USA Basketball can no longer be the world champion in men.
FIBA, the sport’s governing body, announced the new ranking on Friday, placing Spain at No. USA Basketball dropped to second place. This marks the first time the US has not been in the top spot since 2010, the year the team brought home the FIBA world championship.
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Spain coach Sergio Scariolo tweeted on Friday, “This isn’t exactly a new title and probably won’t be retained for very long, but it’s something so unique, prestigious and historic that I’m extremely proud of everyone who contributed to it.” .
FIBA’s ranking was changed in 2017 and now takes into account the results of the last eight years.
The adjustments mean Team USA can no longer make a living off of things like the 2014 World Cup championship, but more recent successes like the gold medal won at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are still influential in the rankings.
The USA finished the 2019 World Cup in seventh place.
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The most recent World Cup saw Spain rise to the top.
Spain also added to its resume by winning the 2022 EuroBasket championship. His lead over the USA men’s team is weak, with the Americans just 1.1 points behind.
The rest of the top 10 remained the same.
Australia is third, followed by Argentina, France, Serbia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Greece and Italy.
In women, the USA continued to lead by a wide margin. China remained the second-placed team, trailing the United States by nearly 200 points.
The women’s team dominated the most recent World Cup and brought home the gold medal.
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FIBA’s final ranking includes men’s national teams from 164 countries and 118 women’s national teams.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.