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2014 FIBA World Cup Expert Picks: Round of 16 Results

By on September 8, 2014 at 11:20am
With a one-point victory, Turkey moves on to the Quarterfinals. (Gary M. Stolz/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) With a one-point victory, Turkey moves on to the Quarterfinals. (Gary M. Stolz/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The Round of 16 is over. Spain and the United States each moved on, while Greece couldn’t stay undefeated. Three other games were decided by no more than five points. It was a tough round for the countries involved, but since all our experts picked the same winners, it didn’t matter for us.

Still, there’s plenty of time left for someone to make a move in the standings. Updated results are below, and be sure to check back on Tuesday for the quarterfinal picks. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Expert Picks: Round of 16 Results »

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Behind Kyrie Irving's 6 three pointers, Team USA won the FIBA tournament.

While there was really never any doubt that Team USA would ultimately win the tournament, there were in fact doubters (or devil’s advocates) who swore the Spanish squad could potentially defeat them, due to what they perceived as better big men on a more disciplined squad.  There was also the rhetoric coming out of these naysayers who claimed that Team USA would be misaligned by FIBA’s rules, due to its style of play that favors competition in the international game.

Team Spain, made up of the truly formidable trio of Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol and Serge Ibaka, lost to France, headlined by Boris Diaw and Nicolas Batum, who, in turn, lost to Serbia, a team with no household names.  While its one-game elimination style of play can certainly create underdogs, illustrated by Serbia’s exciting run to the finals, lightning could not strike a third time for them against the US. Continue reading Team USA Wins FIBA World Championship, Kyrie Irving Tournament MVP »

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Mexico just made it into the knockout stage, but has the unenviable task of taking on the Americans in the Round of 16. (wwe.com)

The knockout stage is here. Things kick off with Mexico looking to down the United States, a most unenviable task. Fellow unbeatens Spain and Greece face Senegal and Serbia respectively, with some great action in between.

For the knockout stage, picking a winner successfully is worth two points. Not that it matters at all now, because all eight games featured unanimous winners. But with eight competitors remaining after the Round of 16, there’s still plenty of time left.

Check below for who we all picked to win each game, and come back when the first knockout round is over for updated point totals. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Expert Picks: Round of 16 »

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Anthony Davis (Photo courtesy of NBA.com)

The group stage of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup came to a close on Thursday in Spain, with three teams going a perfect 5-0: Greece, Spain and the United States. Team USA was as dominant as expected given the weakness if its Group C rivals, winning all five games by an average of 33.2 points. But the home team certainly appears serious about not letting the Cup get away, with an average winning margin of 25.2 points over some very tough opponents, while Greece staked its claim as more than just a dark horse.

The three favorites

United States

The inexperienced American team looked very good in its five wins, beginning with a 114-55 throttling of Finland. Their stiffest challenge came from Turkey in the second game, but the U.S.A. put the clamps down in the second half on the way to a 21-point victory. Probably the best news was the balanced contribution of all the rotation players to the offensive game, with no Americans among the tournament’s top 10 scorers. Continue reading Spain, U.S.A. Appear Headed for Final Clash at FIBA World Cup »

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Greece impressed as one of three unbeaten teams; how far can they take it? (http://www.greek-mythology-pantheon.com/)

The group stage is over in the World Cup, and to nobody’s surprise, the United States cruised. Spain also moved through handily, but what nobody saw combing was how well Greece did, winning all five games and helping push group favorite Argentina all the way down to third place. At least one team in each group made it through with a losing record as well, so it was a tough race for many teams.

With similar picks, our Pick ‘Em is neck-and-neck, so far relying on bonus points from picking the correct place finishers to open up leads. The results so far are below, and be sure to come back Saturday for the Round of 16 selections. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Pick ‘Em: Group Stage Results »

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Rajon Rondo (Redsarmy.com)

On Friday, Jackie MacMullan said that four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo has told the Celtics that he “wants out” of Boston. While nobody can blame the 28-year-old for wanting to play for a team with a legitimate shot to make the playoffs rather than a rebuilding organization that appears to constantly be trying to trade him, Rondo trade rumors are frequent and often without merit. But when the reputable Jackie MacMullan is behind the allegations, that certainly lends them credence.

Since MacMullan’s report, two things have happened that somewhat muddle our understanding of Danny Ainge’s predicament: ESPN removed the Around the Horn segment in question from YouTube, and Rondo’s agent, Bill Duffy, has denied that his client has requested a trade. Duffy’s statement is certainly not enough to undermine MacMullan, seeing as the game of NBA free agency and trade requests are never as transparent as we would like to imagine, so let us proceed regardless of the obvious client-agent-GM posturing. Continue reading Rajon Rondo Trade Rumors: 5 Teams He Could End Up With »

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With the 2014 FIBA World Cup underway, the USA will look to overcome Paul George's injury to defend their crown. ("Family Guy," 'The Perfect Castaway,' 2005)

The FIBA Basketball World CUp is underway. The USA will attempt to defend their title, but will have to do so without Paul George following his horrific injury. In the meantime, several nations should put up quite a fight, especially late in the knockout stages. But for now, the Americans will have to deal with Turkey, the team they beat in the Finals last time, as well as four others. For the tournament, we’re here to to present predictions for how things will turn out.

Correctly picking a team to advance past the group stage is worth one point. Furthermore, picking the #1 team from each group exactly is worth four points, followed by three points for exactly guessing each group’s #2 team, and so on.

So check below for the Group Stage picks, as well as a list of the teams in each group. The first four teams in each group will advance to the knockout stage. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Pick ‘Em: Group Stage »

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