The second round of EuroBasket 2013 nears its completion Sunday with three more games. All eyes will be on whether Ukraine or Latvia becomes the fourth team from Group E to advance along with France, Lithuania and Serbia.
The first matchup comes at 8:20 a.m. ET between Latvia and Belgium. With a 1-3 record in this round, Latvia may be on the brink of elimination, but they still have a clear route to the next round. A win would put serious pressure on Ukraine to get a third victory and avoid elimination.
While Latvia's 1-3 record in Group E trails Ukraine's 2-2 mark, a tie would presumably eliminate the latter. In the event that both teams finish 2-3, the tiebreaker involves point differential, where Latvia (plus-6 through four games) currently has a huge advantage over Ukraine (minus-32) after winning 85-51 when the two teams played Wednesday.
That makes Sunday's second game, a matchup between Ukraine and Lithuania, especially important. The Ukrainians may have the easier route to the next round -- they simply need to win Sunday and whatever happens to Latvia won't matter -- but they're also facing a very tough opponent. With poor odds of winning, Ukraine may actually be at a disadvantage despite currently holding the lead.
Saturday's action ends with France and Serbia tipping off at 2:50 p.m. ET. Considering both teams already qualified for the next round, this game doesn't quite hold the same weight of the first two, but watching a lineup featuring Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw can always be fun.
If you're hoping to check out any of these games, they're all available online on ESPN3.