Tweet of the Day: Groups Announced For World Cup 2014

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Monday didn’t just bring with it sadness for Denver Broncos fans and joy for the 12th Man of the Seattle Seahawks. Monday brought forth excitement for basketball fans around the world.

2014 is the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which begins in 207 days.

The draw for the team groupings happened on Monday.

Tweet of the Night: Batum, Rubio, Gasol and others react to EuroBasket semi-finals between Spain and France

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Tony Parker Nicolas BatumEuropean basketball, aka EuroBasket, is well represented by notable NBA players (former and current), and plenty of them were in action on Friday in the semi-finals between Spain and France.

France boasted a lineup of Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw, Alexis Ajinca and Mickael Gelabale. Spain also had plenty of familiar names like Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Jose Calderon, Rudy Fernandez and Victor Claver. Unfortunately for Spain, they were missing two key players in Pau Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro. 

Tweet of the Day: EuroBasket Quarters Produce Great Friday Semis Matchup

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The quarterfinal round of EuroBasket ’13 began Wednesday.

With only six available spaces for the 2014 World Cup, seven of the remaining eight teams are battling it out to make it to the Spain next year.

Eurobasket ’13 Update

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EuroBasket_2013_logoIn case you missed it, Mexico won the Tournament of the Americas.

Yes, Mexico, which hadn’t qualified for a World Championship Cup in 40 years. Gustavo Ayon of the Atlanta Hawks was the tournament MVP.

What does this have to do with Eurobasket ’13?

Only the fact that you never know what is going to happen in a FIBA tournament, as witnessed by what we are currently seeing in Slovenia.

Tweet of the Day: Spain Begins Run at EuroBasket ’13 Championship

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Wednesday brought forth the first day of the preliminary round of EuroBasket ’13.

This year’s EuroBasket has a lot on the line. Of the 24 teams competing, only six teams will earn spots in the inaugural 2014 Basketball World Cup.

Among the teams competing, the two-time defending EuroBasket champion Spanish national team.

[AJ Mitnick: EuroBasket '13 Preview]

The first day of action saw a lot of close games with a few blowouts sprinkled in for good measure.

  Preliminary Round – Day 1
GROUP A
Sep. 4, 2013 14:30 Israel – United Kingdom 71 – 75 OT
Sep. 4, 2013 17:45 Belgium – Ukraine 57 – 58
Sep. 4, 2013 21:00 France – Germany 74 – 80
GROUP B
Sep. 4, 2013 14:30 Serbia – Lithuania 63 – 56
Sep. 4, 2013 17:45 FYR Macedonia – Montenegro 80 – 81
Sep. 4, 2013 21:00 Latvia – Bosnia 86 – 75
GROUP C
Sep. 4, 2013 14:30 Georgia – Poland 84 – 67
Sep. 4, 2013 17:45 Spain – Croatia 68 – 40
Sep. 4, 2013 21:00 Czech Republic – Slovenia 60 – 62
GROUP D
Sep. 4, 2013 14:30 Russia – Italy 69 – 76
Sep. 4, 2013 17:45 Sweden – Greece 51 – 79
Sep. 4, 2013 21:00 Turkey – Finland 55 – 61

A few NBA players from the Spanish national team tweeted about their native country’s game.

As both Calderon and Claver mentioned, Spain’s next game will be tomorrow against Slovenia at 9:00 PM in Celje, Slovenia (3:00 PM EDT).

After a 28-point victory to open EuroBasket ’13, Spain is looking very good. Marc Gasol led the team with a double-double, scoring 14 points and snagging 11 rebounds. Rudy Fernandez added 15 points and eight rebounds.

Point guards Jose Calderon (13 points and three assists) and Ricky Rubio (seven points and seven assists) did their part to contribute to the two-time defending champions’ win.

The next five days will go a long way towards determining how strong Spain’s chances at a EuroBasket three-peat truly are.

 

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Michael writes the Tweet of the Day for SheridanHoops.com and is the Atlanta Hawks NBA Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com