2014 FIBA World Cup Preview: Team Spain

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Feb 26, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) is guarded by Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kent Bazemore (6) and Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) during the game at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies beat Los Angeles Lakers 108 – 103. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

With the inaugural FIBA World Cup being contested on Spanish soil, there is no more likely time for La Roja to upset the basketball world order than right now. Spain currently occupies the #2 slot in the FIBA world rankings, trailing only Team USA.  Combing the homecourt advantage with USA Basketball’s somewhat curious and under-strength squad, which left many worthy players at home, Spain’s aging Golden Generation might not see a better chance for a major tournament victory than this one.

Drawn into the extremely competitive Group A along with Brazil, Egypt, France, Iran and Serbia, hosts Spain will play their preliminary matches in Granada on the following schedule:

  • Sat. Aug 30 vs. Iran
  • Sun Aug 31 vs. Egypt
  • Mon Sept 1 vs. Brazil
  • Wed Sept 3 vs. France
  • Thu Sept 4 vs. Serbia

This order of games will allow the hosts to get their feet under them and remove any nerves in the straightforward matches with the two weakest teams in the group. From there, Spain is likely to face either Greece or Puerto Rico in the round of 16. To reach an anticipated finals matchup with Team USA, Spain will have to battle tough opposition in the quarter and semi-finals as well.

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