USA men’s basketball picks Greensboro, NC, for 1st home game

Associated Press

The U.S. men’s basketball team — which will be filled with NBA G-League players because of FIBA’s new qualifying system during the NBA season — has selected Greensboro, North Carolina, to host its first home World Cup qualifying game.

The Americans will play Mexico on Nov. 26 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Fieldhouse, the home of the NBA G League’s Greensboro Swarm.

The new qualification system has teams playing home-and-away games to qualify for the World Cup, rather than playing in regional tournaments. USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley said Tuesday the game is “a rare opportunity to cheer the USA on in a meaningful home game.”

The Americans are in a first-round pool with Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Their first game is scheduled for Nov. 23 in San Juan, though that could be moved if the hurricane-devastated island isn’t ready to host the event.

Jeff Van Gundy will coach the Americans, who will use mostly G League players and play in G League arenas during the qualifying stages.