Universiade: 8 days to go, 16 basketball

Four rounds for men's tournament and US team likely to medal

(ANSA) - Naples, June 25 - International basketball will be one of the sports in the spotlight in the Campania region during the Summer Universiade 2019, from July 3 to July 11.
    Sixteen teams signed up for the men's tournament will be competing in four rounds. Italian coach Andrea Paccariè will be directing university athletes born between 1994 and 1999, including Mattia Da Campo, who was among the Italians in the NCAA in the Seattle University roster and, for many reasons, one of the most eagerly awaited athletes.
    Leading the competition for the gold will be US university basketball stars wanting to leave behind the disappointment felt during the last Universiade, during Taipei 2017, when they lost to Lithuania in the finals. Alongside the US will be up against Latvia, China, Croatia, and Russia in its round. The Italians will be competing against Germany on Saturday, July 6, in Naples starting at 8 PM in the rehabilitated Palabarbuto.
    The Fuorigrotta facilities will be hosting the match between Russia and Latvia at 5:30 PM on the same day. For Basketball fans or Campania and elsewhere, the Universiade is an opportunity to watch matches that are likely to be highly engaging, with the newest up-and-coming stars of the sport and at low prices: three-euro tickets in the qualifying phases and free for certain categories. Tickets can be bought online at: https://universiade2019napoli.vivaticket.it/ita/tour/pallacanest ro/2318, in selected retail outlets, or directly at the sales office in the facilities. Meanwhile, on July 6 as well at the Palajacazzi of Aversa (Caserta), beginning at 5:30 PM, there will be the US-china match, followed - at 8 PM - by Finland-Ukraine. The US is seen as being likely to take home medals, as they usually do in men's basketball. Since the team made its debut at the Universiade in the 1965 Budapest edition, the US team have always won the gold medal except in 1981 - when they were defeated by the USSR in Bucharest - and in 2017 by Lithuania.