Auburn basketball center Austin Wiley and the rest of Team USA are just two wins away from a FIBA World Cup title.
Wiley and the Americans will square off against Canada on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET in Cairo, Egypt. This second 2017 FIBA World Cup semifinal follows Italy and Spain.
The rising sophomore is coming off his best game yet with the United States U-19 squad. After struggling in the Round of 16 against Mali, Wiley led the Americans in both points (19) and rebounds (10) in a Friday quarterfinal win over Germany.
“It was just a real physical game,” Wiley said afterward. “We all wanted to make it to the semifinals. Germany came out playing their best, and we came out a little slow, but we got it together and continued to play hard.”
Wiley, who is captaining the American squad in Egypt, is the only member of John Calipari’s squad to average a double-double so far in the tournament. Wiley is averaging 10.2 points and 10.2 rebounds in just under 18 minutes of game time.
Here’s everything you need to know to follow the Auburn basketball center this weekend:
How can I watch the 2017 FIBA World Cup?
What time is Team USA’s game against Canada?
The game will tip off at 2:30 p.m. ET.
How does the 2017 FIBA World Cup work?
After three pool-play games for each team, all 16 countries will be seeded according to those results. What follows is a round of 16 on Wednesday, quarterfinals on Friday, semifinals on Saturday, and gold-medal and bronze-medal games on Sunday. The United States, ranked No. 1 in the world, is gunning for its third consecutive U-19 gold medal after winning in 2013 and 2015.
Does Austin Wiley have previous international experience?
Yes. Wiley helped the United States’ U-17 team snag gold at the world championship in the summer of 2016 in Zaragoza, Spain.