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    Default USA to play two games in Australia before 2019 WC

    August 22 and 24 in Melbourne:
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/pickand...dium-2019/amp/

    They're playing at a big stadium rather than a regular arena, so potential for a huge crowd.
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    Boomers will have a good chunk of NBA players being sized up for next year. According to FOXsports AU, Ben Simmons is uncommitted as of now -- as he is making the 2020 olympics as the target.
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    Win/Win, US gets practice games against a solid opponent in a hostile atmosphere. Australia gets an opportunity to build their brand in their country against some of the best in the world.

    I do find it funny that neither team is qualified for the World Cup yet though.
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    According to Basket AU's CEO, countries such as Serbia, Lithuania, Spain, France and Argentina have all expressed interest to play the Boomers in OZ as well.

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/_DwayneRussell/s...18099529895936
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    Quote Originally Posted by CKR13 View Post
    According to Basket AU's CEO, countries such as Serbia, Lithuania, Spain, France and Argentina have all expressed interest to play the Boomers in OZ as well.

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/_DwayneRussell/s...18099529895936
    Canada is also apparently going to Australia a week before the tournament for some games and to become acclimated to the general time zone. Hopefully they some games against Australia and/or the USA.

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    So who will be going to Philippines? the tournament dark horses?
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    Quote Originally Posted by reamily View Post
    So who will be going to Philippines? the tournament dark horses?

    You are our Philippines intel - you tell us.

    I think countries are in process of scheduling games - I bet things get announced after the draw. Probably don't want to practice against teams in your own pool or the pool you might combine into.

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