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Biggest Takeaways from Day 1 of FIBA World Cup of Basketball
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All 24 teams were in action on Saturday as the 2014 World Cup kicked off in Spain. 

No longer do exhibition games take up attention, with each squad exerting various levels of focus and energy. Every contest matters at this point, as many teams are fighting for their lives in the group stage, hoping to pull off an upset—or avoid one—in the quest for a medal. Some are just hoping to advance to the knockout rounds.

The United States dominated Finland, while Spain took care of Iran rather easily. Slovenia won a tough game over Australia, one that puts them in great early position for the elimination stages. Argentina rolled over its opponent, while another traditional power was unable to overcome injuries. 

Even though each team only has one game under its belt, there was a lot to be learned from the opening day of this tournament.

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