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.
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
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:
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:
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:
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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