NBA Basketball

Popovich sees Australia as Cup threat

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Team USA coach Gregg Popovich sees Australia as a title threat at the upcoming World Cup in China.

He'll soon find out how much of a threat when the teams meet Thursday in the first of two exhibition games in Melbourne. A record Australian basketball crowd of 50,000 is forecast for the match at Marvel Stadium. The second game is set for Saturday.

"Huge, huge threat," Popovich said of the Boomers. "They are one of the teams that can win the whole thing, without a doubt. I'm not saying that because I'm here. It's just a fact."

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