USA Basketball can now not declare the world males’s prime spot.
FIBA, the game’s governing physique, introduced new rankings on Friday, which positioned Spain within the No. 1 slot. USA Basketball slipped to second place. This marks the primary time the U.S. has not been top-ranked since 2010, the yr the crew introduced dwelling the FIBA world title.
“It isn’t precisely a brand new title and it in all probability cannot be maintained for too lengthy, but it surely’s one thing so distinctive, prestigious and historic that I really feel tremendously pleased with everybody who … contributed to it,” Spain coach Sergio Scariolo tweeted Friday.
FIBA’s rankings underwent a change in 2017 and now take the outcomes from the latest eight years into consideration.
The changes imply Workforce USA can now not dwell off issues such because the 2014 World Cup championship, however newer successes, such because the gold medal received within the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, nonetheless issue into the rankings.
The U.S. completed seventh on the 2019 World Cup.
The latest World Cup noticed Spain come out on prime.
Spain additionally added to its résumé by profitable the 2022 EuroBasket title. Its lead over the U.S. males’s crew is slim, with the Individuals solely trailing by 1.1 factors.
The remainder of the highest 10 remained the identical.
Australia is third, adopted by Argentina, France, Serbia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Greece and Italy.
On the ladies’s aspect, the U.S. maintained the highest spot by a large margin. China remained the second-ranked crew, trailing the U.S. by nearly 200 factors.
The ladies’s crew dominated at the latest World Cup and introduced dwelling the gold medal.
FIBA’s newest rankings embody the lads’s nationwide groups from 164 nations and 118 ladies’s nationwide groups.
The Related Press contributed to this report.