Friday afternoon (8:10am UK) in Melbourne, China look to all but lock up second place in Group B, and a spot in Asia’s second qualifying round for the 2023 FIBA World Cup.
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With nearly two thirds of the first group stage of qualification for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, to be held next August and September, in the books, China sits second in Group B, behind a dominant Australia side, but is already all but assured a spot for second qualifying round.
Over the next few days in Melbourne, the entirety of Group B – China, Chinese Taipei, Australia and Japan – will play out the final rounds of games in this first group stage of qualifying. The Chinese enter play on Friday 2-1 in Group B, with an average margin of victory of 10.5 points per game. They sit a game and a half games clear of Japan (who, as hosts of the 2023 FIBA World Cup, along with Indonesia and the Philippines, don’t actually need to qualify for the tournament), and two games clear of their Friday opponent, Chinese Taipei, who’ve yet to taste victory in three group games, which they’ve lost by an average of more than 15 points each.
Thus, China have all but secured second place in the group and, with a victory on Friday, would qualify for the second qualifying round. It is worth noting that these sides have not yet met in this qualifying campaign, in which Chinese Taipei has lost twice, decisively, to Australia, and once narrowly (76-71) to Japan.
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