Italy
FIBA Rank: 6
Group: D
Qualified: Wild Card
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Germany
Japan
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Brazil
Greece
Lithuania
Qatar
Turkey
China
Italy
Puerto Rico
Senegal
Slovenia
USA

Gianluca Basile will try to relive his magic of 2004.
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ITALY TEAM PREVIEW
Took home the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics, much to everyone's surprise. Ö Reality set in at the 2005 European Championships, when they placed in the 9-12 finishers. Ö Guard Gianluca Basile proved to by huge in Athens, and will try to be the same in Japan.
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PRELIMINARY ROUND SCHEDULE
August 19: Italy vs. China
August 20: Italy vs. Slovenia
August 22: Italy vs. Senegal
6 p.m. ET, on NBA TV
August 23: Italy vs. USA
6:30 a.m. ET, on ESPN
August 24: Italy vs. Puerto Rico
6 p.m. ET (8/26), on NBA TV
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HISTORY
Medals: None
Best Finish: Fourth in 1970, 1978