ESPN today announced that it will be televising two FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifier games in February showcasing the United States of America team. USA is in Group C of the Americas Qualifiers along with teams from Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico. After the completion of all three schedule windows in round one, the top three teams in the group will move on to the next round with the eventual goal of qualifying for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China. Full qualification process explained here.
This Friday, Feb. 23, USA, currently first in Group C with a 2-0 record, will start the second window of the first round by taking on Cuba at 11 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Then, on Monday, Feb. 26, USA hosts the group’s second place team, Puerto Rico at 11 p.m. on ESPN2. ESPN play-by-play commentator Marc Kestecher will have the call for both games with analyst P.J. Carlesimo. The two matchups will be played at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz, Calif.
USA started off the first window of qualifying, Nov. 23-27, with an 85-78 win over Puerto Rico on Nov. 23 and a 91-55 win over Mexico on Nov. 26. The final window of round one will begin June 28 and continue through July 2.