World Cup expansion to 32 teams offers both blowouts and upsets

2019-09-06T09:12:10+00:00 2019-09-06T09:15:04+00:00.

Giannis Askounis

06/Sep/19 09:12

The number of blowout games and upsets in the first round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

By Eurohoops Team/

The first round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup is in the books. RunRepeat provides updated graphics closely examining the affect of the expansion from 24 to 32 participating national teams on the number of blowout games, also the upsets based on both the FIBA rankings and the World Cup Power Rankings presented prior to the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

The number of games with a final differential margin over 20 points is pretty much the same over the past four tournaments. However, a rise can be observed in games with a final margin over 30 points and over 40 points.

Judging on the FIBA World Cup Power Rankings, Volume 3, 12 out of the 48 first round affairs had a surprising outcome. The 25% describes an exciting tournament with an upset every fourth game.

Based on the FIBA World Rankings, only 8 out of the 48 contests can be classified as upsets.

The second round promises even more excitement with the 16 top national teams even closer to the quarterfinals.