FIBA World Cup Bracket: Semifinals Schedule, TV Channel, Live Stream and Latest Odds

Four teams remain in the FIBA World Cup and a new world champion could be crowned for the first time since 2006 if France or Australia lift the trophy.

Spain was the last team to be a first-time winner when it triumphed over Greece 13 years ago in Japan. The tournament has returned to the Far East this year and Spain has good reasons to be optimistic about history repeating itself.

La Roja's roster is very experienced and there's a feeling the World Cup and next year's Olympics will be the final hurrah for a large number of players. If that is to be the case, the likes of Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez could go out on a high as they have been faultless so far.

Spain arrives into the semifinal against Australia with a perfect 6-0 record, which includes a win over Serbia in the second group stage and a 90-78 triumph over Poland in the quarterfinals.

Australia, its opponent on Friday, has also won each of its six games so far, reaching the World Cup semifinal for the first time in history.

The Boomers have looked impressive throughout the tournament, boasting the best offense of the four semifinalists at an average of 90 points per game. In a high-octane offense, Patty Mills has been the most potent weapon. The San Antonio Spurs guard averages 22.2 points per game, shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from beyond the arc.

Mills was instrumental in a 100-98 win over France in the final game of the second group stage, which ensured Australia faced Czech Republic in the quarterfinals, while Les Bleus took on Team USA.

The Boomers saw off the Czechs 82-70, while France shocked the defending champions 89-79 on Wednesday.

The defeat halted Team USA's 58-game winning run in competitive matches with NBA players on the roster, which stretched all the way back to 2006.

It also highlighted France's credentials as a legitimate challenger for the title. Les Bleus trailed by three points with just over five minutes left before going on an 11-0 run late in the fourth quarter to take an 82-76 lead.

Evan Fournier led France's scoring with 22 points, Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds and Nando DeColo added 18.

Argentina, France's opponent on Friday, produced a shock of its own as it knocked out Serbia in the quarterfinals in an impressive 97-87 win.

Luis Scola, a second-round pick in the 2002 NBA draft, is the last survivor of Argentina's golden generation that won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics and finished third four years later.

Despite the lack of star names, the South Americans have defied the odds and will be looking to reach a first World Cup final since 2002.

Here's all you need to know about the semifinals.

Rudy Gobert , France
Rudy Gobert of France celebrates a point during the quarterfinal of 2019 FIBA World Cup between USA and France at Dongguan Basketball Center on September 11 in Dongguan, China. Zhizhao Wu/Getty

TV channel

The two semifinals will be broadcast across ESPN channels, with ESPN2 carrying Spain vs. Australia and ESPNews broadcasting Argentina vs France.

Live stream

Live stream for every game of the 2019 FIBA World Cup will be available via ESPN+ and via FIBA's official website.

Semifinal schedule (All times ET)

Friday, September 13

  • Spain vs Australia, 4 a.m. ESPN2
  • Argentina vs France, 8 a.m. ESPNews

Odds

Team USA's elimination has thrown the tournament wide open. According to Oddschecker, France is a 9/5 favorite, followed by Spain and Australia at 2/1 and 13/4 respectively with Argentina an 8/1 outsider.

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