BARCELONA: Basketball’s ruling body on Monday launched an investigation into Australia over suspicions that they deliberately lost a group match at the World Cup to avoid playing the United States. Australia lost to Angola 91-83 in their last Group D game in Gran Canaria on Thursday. “The on-court behavior displayed by Australia in that game [against Angola]generated huge disappointment by basketball fans and experts,” said a FIBA statement. Basketball Australia can state its case to the governing body before FIBA decides whether disciplinary sanctions are imposed, the statement said. Australia’s defeat ensured that they finished third in the group. Angola ended the group second bottom with just two wins.