FIBA will bring teams back to bubble formats next month for the final round of qualifying games for the 2022 AmeriCup.
The 16 teams are split into four groups for the qualifying; two groups will be going to Cali, Colombia, the other two including the group that USA Basketball is part of will be going to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Each team is slated to play its final two qualifying games sometime between Feb. 18 and Feb. 22. Final schedules have not been released.
The U.S. and Brazil have already qualified for AmeriCup, the 12-team tournament that serves as the championship of the teams in the FIBA Americas zone which covers nations from North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
There are 14 other nations still competing for the 10 remaining AmeriCup spots. Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Mexico will enter next month’s window of games on the brink of clinching berths. That would essentially leave eight teams Canada, Cuba, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay for what would be four remaining spots.
The U.S. has won the AmeriCup gold medal seven times in nine previous attempts. AmeriCup is scheduled to be played in September 2022 at a to-be-determined site.