Iran drop one place in FIBA ranking

September 25, 2018

TEHRAN – Iran national basketball team have moved one place down to 25th at the FIBA World Ranking Men released on Monday.

The ranking was updated following the fourth window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers and several teams near the top will consider themselves lucky not to have fallen down the order.

The U.S. (767.1 points) and Spain (704.1) remain first and second, while France (647.2) held on to third place as their closest rivals, Serbia (644.2), matched them by splitting their games (1 win and 1 loss) to start the Second Round of the European Qualifiers.

There is an intriguing battle for fifth place between the current holders Argentina (625.0) who have Lithuania (620.2) hot on their tail, fiba.basketball wrote.

Meanwhile, 10th-place Australia (483.7) are feeling the pressure from Brazil (482.9).

With all of these small gaps, the top 10 could look a lot different following the fifth window in late November-early December.

Australia lead the Asian teams with 466.4, followed by Iran 294.3 and China 267.1.

Saudi Arabia climbed a massive 12 places to 112th after going undefeated (4-0) to win the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Pre-Qualifiers - Western Region tournament. That perfect record included wins over Palestine (91st) and tournament hosts Bahrain (107th).

The FIBA World Ranking Men is updated following every window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers.

It takes into consideration rating points of games played in top official FIBA competitions and their Qualifiers during an 8-year period.

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