Spain overtakes USA for No. 1 spot in FIBA males’s hoops rankings

For the primary time in 12 years, USA Basketball is just not atop the world males’s rankings.

FIBA, the game’s governing physique, up to date its rankings Friday, and Spain moved into the highest spot, a sliver forward of the U.S.

The four-time defending Olympic champion Individuals moved into the highest spot after profitable the FIBA world championship in 2010 and had been there since.

“It’s not exactly a new title and it probably can’t be maintained for too long, but it’s something so unique, prestigious and historic that I feel tremendously proud of everyone who … contributed to it,” Spain coach Sergio Scariolo tweeted Friday.

FIBA’s rankings have been modified in 2017 to a system that takes outcomes from the newest eight years into consideration. Meaning the U.S. is not reaping the advantages of the 2014 World Cup title however continues to be seeing the Olympic gold medals gained at Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo factoring into the rankings. The U.S. completed seventh on the 2019 World Cup.

Spain gained the newest World Cup, plus the EuroBasket title earlier this yr. The EuroBasket win was Spain’s fourth in its previous six appearances on the continental championship, all of these victories coming beneath Scariolo.

Spain is simply 1.1 factors forward of the U.S. males now, main 758.6 to 757.5.

The following 10 spots on the planet rankings have been unchanged. Australia is third, Argentina — which was No. 1 earlier than the U.S. took that spot in 2010 — is fourth, adopted by France, Serbia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Greece, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic.

The U.S. continues to be ranked No. 1 in ladies’s basketball by an almost 200-point margin over China. The Individuals rolled to gold on the ladies’s World Cup this yr, additional cementing their spot atop the checklist.

USA Basketball additionally holds comfy leads atop the worldwide boys’ and women’ rankings.

FIBA’s most up-to-date rankings embrace the boys’s nationwide groups from 164 nations and 118 ladies’s nationwide groups.