For the elite teams, the format of the FIBA Under-19 World Championships don't cause much stress in the first two rounds. Initially, 16 teams are divided into four pods, and the top three teams in each pod advance out of the preliminary. Those twelve teams are then divided into two pods of six for the next round, and four of each six advance. That leaves eight teams - which is where we are currently. We have the quarterfinals. Now the real tournament begins.
The remaining eight teams play single elimination over three straight days. On Sunday night, the winner takes all. Team USA is the No. 1 seed and has Canada, China, and Lithuania on their side of the bracket. The other side has Spain vs Australia, and Croatia vs Serbia.
The first game (LIthuania vs China) tips at 6:15 a.m. EST on Friday. Team USA will be the last to play and tip at 1:15, vs Canada.
A lot of NCAA players are playing in these games. I count 22 from five countries, and all of their teams advanced...