The United States has returned to the top of the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) men’s world rankings after a “no-medal disappointment” at the recent Basketball World Cup.
The U.S. moved up one spot to No. 1 from No. 2, according to FIBA’s latest rankings released on Saturday.
The U.S., which held the top spot for 12 years after 2010, dropped to second place last November behind Spain and was embarrassed by its fourth-place finish at the recent men’s basketball World Cup.바카라사이트
However, with Spain’s ninth-place finish at the World Cup, the U.S. took the top spot by surprise.
Germany, the reigning World Cup champions, jumped from 11th to third. Australia followed in fourth place.
Japan, which finished 19th at the World Cup, is the highest ranked Asian nation in FIBA at 26th.
Japan was followed by Iran (27th), Lebanon (28th), China (29th), Jordan (32nd) and the Philippines (38th).
South Korea, which missed World Cup regional qualifiers due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), did not earn any ranking points and dropped from 38th to 51st.