Not only did they fail to defend its crown, Team USA is poised to suffer its worst finish in the FIBA World Cup after it succumbed to Serbia, 89-94 in China.
It was the second loss in two days for the Americans as they went into the match reeling from a 78-89 loss to France.
In a report by Associated Press, Team USA is assured of finishing no better than seventh. The team’s previous worst finish for a U.S. men’s team in major tournament appearances was sixth at the 2002 world championships.
Bogdan Bogdanovic led Serbia with 28 points, while Vladimir Lucic pitched in 15.
Serbia led by as many as 25 points as Team USA struggled to get its game going.
Harrison Barnes paced Team USA with 22 points, Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton added 18 and 16 points, respectively.