FIBA Update: Eurobasket Quarters Set

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – The Eurobasket quarterfinals are set, and seven of the remaining eight teams will receive automatic berths to next year’s World Cup of Basketball.

For the second straight day, the result of the first game sent a team in the second game to the quarters. Greece needed a win in their first game against Croatia to stay alive, and they were able to do that temporarily when Nikos Zisis hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime.

Greece had a three-point lead near the end of the first overtime, but Croatia’s Bojan Bogdanovic hit his own contested, step-back 3 to send it to a second OT. And then he took over in the second overtime to send Greece home.

Greece’s loss ensured Spain’s spot in the quarterfinals. So the second game between Italy and Spain was only for seeding. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great game. The Pistons’ Luigi Datome sent it to overtime with a driving layup in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter and then Italy ran off an 8-0 run in OT. Datome’s chase-down block on a Victor Claver dunk basically sealed the game and Italy’s spot as the No. 3 seed in Group F.

Of course, Spain’s loss is bad news for Serbia, who won Group E, but will have to face the defending Eurobasket champs in the quarterfinals. Spain has lost three games by an average of 6.0 points and won five by an average of 27.0. So, they’re a bottom seed with the tournament’s best point differential (see below).

Finland beat Slovenia in the third game, which had no bearing on quarterfinal seeding at all. Goran Dragic played just five minutes.

So here are your quarterfinal matchups, with a look at how each team has performed offensively and defensively thus far…

OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions

Serbia (E1) vs. Spain (F4), Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. ET (NBA TV)
Serbia – OffRtg: 107.6 (4), DefRtg: 104.8 (15), NetRtg: +2.8 (8)
Spain – OffRtg: 106.7 (5), DefRtg: 86.3 (1), NetRtg: +20.4 (1)

Slovenia (F2) vs. France (E3), Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
Slovenia – OffRtg: 103.8 (11), DefRtg: 105.2 (16), NetRtg: -1.4 (9)
France – OffRtg: 112.6 (1), DefRtg: 104.0 (11), NetRtg: +8.6 (3)

Croatia (F1) vs. Ukraine (E4), Thursday, 11:45 a.m. ET
Croatia – OffRtg: 102.4 (14), DefRtg: 97.6 (4), NetRtg: +4.9 (7)
Ukraine – OffRtg: 103.4 (13), DefRtg: 107.3 (19), NetRtg: -3.9 (15)

Lithuania (E2) vs. Italy (F3), Thursday, 3 p.m. ET
Lithuania – OffRtg: 104.5 (10), DefRtg: 94.6 (3), NetRtg: +9.9 (2)
Italy – OffRtg: 109.5 (3), DefRtg: 102.2 (9), NetRtg: +7.4 (4)

By Thursday night, we’ll have at least four (and possibly five, because Wednesday’s losers play Thursday) more automatic berths into next year’s World Cup of Basketball. As long as Spain doesn’t lose its next two games, the biggest game of the tournament will be for seventh place on Saturday, because it will determine which of the eight teams above doesn’t get an automatic berth.

And by the way, you’ll notice that, in terms of point differential, the fifth and sixth best teams in the tournament are going home. They are Greece (NetRtg: +6.6) and Latvia (+5.6).

Greece’s exit will make it that much tougher for FIBA to determine the four wild card spots for the World Cup, which they will do later this year. Other candidates include Brazil, Canada, China, Nigeria, Russia, Tunisia and Turkey.

2014 World Cup of Basketball field

No. Team Qualified
1 Spain Host
2 USA 2012 Olympic champion
3 Iran FIBA Asia champion
4 Philippines FIBA Asia 2nd place
5 Korea FIBA Asia 3rd place
6 Australia FIBA Oceania champion
7 New Zealand FIBA Oceania 2nd place
8 Angola FIBA Africa champion
9 Egypt FIBA Africa 2nd place
10 Senegal FIBA Africa 3rd place
11 Mexico FIBA Americas champion
12 Puerto Rico FIBA Americas second place
13 Argentina FIBA Americas third place
14 Dominican Republic FIBA Americas fourth place
15 Eurobasket champion*
16 Eurobasket 2nd place*
17 Eurobasket 3rd place*
18 Eurobasket 4th place*
19 Eurobasket 5th place*
20 Eurobasket 6th place*
21 Wildcard
22 Wildcard
23 Wildcard
24 Wildcard

* If Spain finishes in the top six, the seventh place team will qualify.

17 Comments

  1. Camby says:

    1- Spain never played a game to lose and never will do.
    2- Spain 90 – Serbia 30
    3- End.

  2. ameri setite se 2002 :D says:

    We are going to beat Spain…they are gonna be punished because they let Italia win in that game!!! GO SERBIA

  3. agentzero says:

    ” As long as Spain doesn’t lose its next two games, the biggest game of the tournament will be for seventh place on Saturday, because it will determine which of the eight teams above doesn’t get an automatic berth.”

    I agree that the game for 7th place is important, but don’t you think that the biggest game of the tournament is 1st place game????
    Maybe it’s just me, but title of European champion and gold medal seems pretty important.

  4. Chot Reyes says:

    LABAN PILIPINAS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PUSO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. STRONG PH says:

    Look at that.. Philippines finally in Fiba World after 37 long years.. I’m not expecting a win for the Filipinos, because to be part of this prestige tournament is alrealdy treat for them. But we will still see the Philippine brand of baskteball in Madrid, the “Never Say Die Spirit”. Filipinos once consired before as one of the heavyweight teams in Asia, way back 1950-1970’s. Filipinos even bagged the 3rd place finish in first ever Fiba World. I just hope Philppines will be bracketed to powerhouse teams like (USA, Spain or Argentina). Just to play with these teams is already an honor for them. Enjoy the moment Filipinos! See you next year!

  6. NASH10 says:

    Welcome to the WORLD CUP Philippines… It’s a once in a lifetime chance, don’t waste it.

  7. LBJ says:

    Philippines is the Asia’s underdog!

  8. NBAfan says:

    You still have a chance. Serbia is definitely an underdog against Spain.

  9. Slobowsky says:

    Shame on Spain. There is such a thing as bad karma that Spaniards will have to feel about this desperate letting Italians win. Shame Shame. That’s why I love the NBA, playing for the win, no calculations.

  10. Look at that, Philippines on list at #4!

    Proud to be Filipino! :D

    • Redzki says:

      LOL!!! Numbers shown does not mean seedings or power rankings. PH team is way too LOW in world rankings. Anyway, feels good that PH team qualified…hoping they can win a game or 2 against the heavyweights!

    • Taskurapu says:

      You do realize it’s not an actual ranking of the teams right? Just the different continents set in some order :) But still, nice job getting into the world cup!

    • Julius says:

      It’s not ranking Lawrence.. It’s sequence of qualifiying.

  11. I was rooting for the underdogs…too bad they got knocked out already