EuroBasket 2013 has moved on to the second round, and the competition only gets tougher for players and more exciting for fans.
There were four groups of six in the preliminary round, with three teams advancing from each. This places the team in two more groups of six where the top four teams will reach the quarterfinals.
Additionally, the results against those that advanced carry over from the first round, so each squad will only have three more games in this round to make their push to the knockout stage. Therefore, there is no more time to mess around, each team better bring their best effort every time out.
Who will win EuroBasket 2013?
This event is certain to be a good one, so check out all the information you need to follow along in the second round.
Second Round Information
Where: Arena Stozice, Ljubljana, Slovenia
When: Sept. 11 - 16
Watch: Full TV listings by country available at Eurobasket2013.org
Live Stream: ESPN3
|Date||Matchup||Group||Time (Local)||Time (ET)|
|Sept. 11||Latvia vs. Ukraine||E||2:30 p.m.||8:30 a.m.|
|Sept. 11||Belgium vs. Serbia||E||5:45 p.m.||11:45 a.m.|
|Sept. 11||Lithuania vs. France||E||9 p.m.||3 p.m.|
|Sept. 12||Finland vs. Croatia||F||2:30 p.m.||8:30 a.m.|
|Sept. 12||Greece vs. Spain||F||5:45 p.m.||11:45 a.m.|
|Sept. 12||Slovenia vs. Italy||F||9 p.m.||3 p.m.|
|Sept. 13||Lithuania vs. Belgium||E||2:30 p.m.||8:30 a.m.|
|Sept. 13||Ukraine vs. Serbia||E||5:45 p.m.||11:45 a.m.|
|Sept. 13||France vs. Latvia||E||9 p.m.||3 p.m.|
|Sept. 14||Croatia vs. Italy||F||2:30 p.m.||8:30 a.m.|
|Sept. 14||Spain vs. Finland||F||5:45 p.m.||11:45 a.m.|
|Sept. 14||Greece vs. Slovenia||F||9 p.m.||3 p.m.|
|Sept. 15||Latvia vs. Belgium||E||2:30 p.m.||8:30 a.m.|
|Sept. 15||Ukraine vs. Lithuania||E||5:45 p.m.||11:45 a.m.|
|Sept. 15||Serbia vs. France||E||9 p.m.||3 p.m.|
|Sept. 16||Croatia vs. Greece||F||2:30 p.m.||8:30 a.m.|
|Sept. 16||Italy vs. Spain||F||5:45 p.m.||11:45 a.m.|
|Sept. 16||Finland vs. Slovenia||F||9 p.m.||3 p.m.|
It is hard to argue against the fact that Spain is the most talented squad in the tournament.
With NBA stars like Marc Gasol, Rudy Fernandez, Jose Calderon and Ricky Rubio, the team has elite talent inside and out. Additionally, Rubio is doing something he struggled to do in the NBA: score. HoopsHype provided the early statistics for the point guard:
Ricky Rubio is shooting 52.6 percent from the field at the Eurobasket. Second-best scorer for Spain. #progress— HoopsHype (@hoopshype) September 9, 2013
When he becomes a threat to score, it opens things up for everyone else on the roster. With the young player's great passing ability, this is an offense that few teams will be able to stop.
At this point, that simply means it will be up to Spain to play with consistency every time out.
Although Italy certainly was not considered one of the favorites coming into the tournament, it is hard to ignore the 5-0 record in the first round.
The squad was rarely dominant, but it had quality wins over Greece and Russia, the latter even caught the attention of soccer/football analysts like Tancredi Palmeri of CNN:
Wait, Italy have beaten Russia in Eurobasket?! Wawawewa— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) September 4, 2013
With Marco Belinelli leading the squad, this young group is capable of turning even more heads as it remains in contention to win the entire tournament.
Considering Andrea Bargnani and Danilo Gallinari are both absent from this event, this would be quite an upset.
Things did not start the way France could have hoped, as the squad fell to Germany in its first game. Even ESPN's Marc Stein was quite surprised:
Hold up. You're telling me France -- with Tony Parker, Nic Batum & Boris Diaw -- LOST to Dirk-less Germany? And it's not an internet hoax?— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) September 4, 2013
Still, that talent that he listed remains on the roster, and it is as good as anyone else in the tournament.
Specifically, Tony Parker has the ability to carry any team to a great level of success, and there are few opposing players with the ability to defend him. If he continues playing like he has in the four recent wins, this group will be just fine.
France has a relatively easy schedule in this round, so look for them to really help the seeding with a few more strong performances.
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