Lithuania overtake Italy for eighth place in the FIBA ​​World Rankings

By the Eurohoops team /

After the first leg of the FIBA ​​World Cup Qualifiers which took place in November, some changes were made to the FIBA ​​Men’s Basketball World Ranking.

Most notably, in the Top 10, Lithuania overtook Italy with two wins in the recent window, to clinch 8th place overall.

Belgium moved up to 36th place, Ivory Coast made the jump to 40th place, Sweden have now moved up to no. 51 and the biggest jump came for Cape Verde, who jumped 26 points to place No. 74.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 as of December 7:


The first window of the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers has been an exciting one as national teams launched their bids to reach the 32-team showpiece event which will take place in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.

Strong results led to changes in the latest FIBA ​​Men’s World Ranking, presented by Nike, in particular for Lithuania, Belgium and Sweden in Europe, Ivory Coast and Cape Verde in Africa, as well as Saudi Arabia in Asia.

Lithuania edging Italy for eighth place is the only move inside the top 10 after the Baltic giants secured an 89-69 home win over Bulgaria and a 74-66 away win over Turkey. Czech Republic No. 12, while Italy split their matches. against Russia and the Netherlands.

Belgium’s rise to 36th place was due to their convincing 83-57 win over Slovakia and a thrilling 73-69 triumph over sixth-placed Serbia in the European Qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Sweden moved up six places to No.51 thanks to strong efforts against much higher-seeded sides. They were impressive at home against No.34 Finland, winning 72-62 in Stockholm, and in their next game against No.4 Slovenia they fell just 94-89.

The biggest player in the world rankings was Cape Verde, semi-finalists of last summer’s FIBA ​​AfroBasket. The Blue Sharks jumped 26 points to 74th place after opening their Africa Qualifiers campaign with a 79-71 upset against 23rd-placed Nigeria and then narrow defeats to higher-seeded Uganda and Mali.

Ivory Coast also benefited from solid play in November, climbing six places to 40th after a stunning victory from behind against Angola and big triumphs against the Central African Republic and Guinea.

In Asia, Saudi Arabia confirmed their strong performances in the FIBA ​​Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers were no fluke in two games against Jordan, a much better-seeded 39th-ranked nation. Jordan won the first encounter with just seven points and the Saudis prevailed. the second by eight points, leading to their jump of eight positions to No. 79 in the world rankings.

Four years after the introduction of the new rankings and as men’s national team basketball enters a new cycle leading to the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023, the regional weightings (C) taken into account in the calculation of points have been slightly adjusted based on regional performance in FIBA ​​competitions. globally over the past eight years.

For more information on the method used in the calculation of the FIBA ​​Men’s World Ranking, please refer to the “How it works” section.

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