Earlier this month
2019 FIBA World Cup qualification - Second Round
Onto the second round of 2019 FIBA World Cup qualfication we go.
Australia are in Group F with Iran, Philippines, Kazakhstan, Japan and Qatar.
Note we do not play Philippines or Japan again. So Australia will play three home and away games vs. Iran, Kazakhstan and Qatar.
Facing Iran could be interesting, the others are too weak.
Schedule is as follows:
13 September 2018 Qatar-Australia
17 September 2018 Australia-Kazakhstan
30 November 2018 Australia-Iran
3 December 2018 Australia-Qatar
21 February 2019 Kazakhstan-Australia
24 February 2019 Iran-Australia
Table as it stands after the first round results which carry over:
1 Australia 5-1
2 Iran 5-1
3 Philippines 4-2
4 Kazakhstan 3-3
5 Japan 2-4
6 Qatar 2-4
Group E is the other group with New Zealand, Lebanon, Jordan, South Korea, China and Syria.
"If China (host nation) makes it to the top 4 teams in either group, then both fourth-placed teams will qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup."
Otherwise the Top three teams from Group E & F qualify for the 2019 World Cup and the two fourth-placed team playoff for the last spot.
The combined Asia-Oceania zone have a total of eight spots.