Biggest Takeaways from Wednesday's FIBA World Cup of Basketball Play

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Biggest Takeaways from Wednesday's FIBA World Cup of Basketball Play
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With the FIBA World Cup’s knockout round set to begin on Saturday, Wednesday’s docket was jam-packed with hot international basketball action, with all 24 teams taking to the hardwood in hopes of improving or solidifying their seeding. 

Like Tuesday’s slate, the day was short on bracket-busting upsets, although Finland very nearly edged the heavily favored Turkey before eventually succumbing in overtime.

Team USA blew the doors off the gym once again, handling the Dominican Republic in a rematch of their August 20 exhibition match.

Playing without Tony Parker, France had no answers for the tournament’s other giant, Spain, with the host country rolling to a win of its own.

Elsewhere, New Zealand got its first win of the tournament over upstart Ukraine, Brazil shook off a pesky Serbian side, and Puerto Rico dispatched Andray Blatche’s Philippines (no, really, he owns the country now).

For a full list of the day’s results, check out FIBA's official website.

With the tournament picture starting to round into shape, let’s take a look at 10 tidbits from today’s slate to get a better understanding of who remains a legitimate contender and who might be balling on borrowed time.

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