Twenty-four teams came, and only eight remain at the 2013 Eurobasket. The pressure to qualify for the World Cup has lessened, but the pressure to bring home the gold is sinking in. At this point, one win in the Round of 16 (taking place today and tomorrow) gets you into the World Cup next summer, with only the 8th place team not gaining an automatic bid. (If Spain finishes sixth or higher, the seventh place team is in.
The eight remaining teams are Spain, Italy, Lithuania, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Serbia and Ukraine — the last of which crashed the final eight over such traditional powerhouses as Greece, Germany and Turkey.
With the playoffs set to begin, here are 10 things we have learned so far at this year’s Eurobasket: