2013 EuroBasket schedule: Defending champion Spain looks to ride momentum into day two

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Ricky Rubio, Marc Gasol and the two-time defending EuroBasket champs take on host Slovenia, while France looks to rebound against Great Britain in the second day of the preliminary round.

The first day at 2013 EuroBasket in Slovenia featured plenty of thrilling finishes, and day two is set up to be another great day of basketball.

2011 champion Spain faces host Slovenia at 2:50 p.m. ET in a battle of two teams who won their first games. Spain clobbered Croatia, 68-40, while Slovenia beat the Czech Republic, 62-60.

But first, the day gets started at 8:20 a.m. ET with four games, including one between Montenegro and Latvia. Both were winners on Wednesday, and Montenegro won its game by a point in come-from-behind fashion over Macedonia. Suad Sehovic and Tyrese Rice each had 16 points to fuel the win. Latvia beat Bosnia by 11 behind 24 points off the bench from Rolands Freimanis.

In the second batch of games, starting at 11:35, Turkey will try to rebound from its Wednesday loss, 61-55 to Finland. Hedo Turkoglu and Omer Asik combined for just 12 points and no one in Turkey's starting five cracked double figures. Turkey will face Italy, 76-69 winners over Russia in its first game. Luigi Datome had a game-high 25 points in the win.

Great Britain will look to win its second straight unlikely game when it faces France in the final set of games, which tips off at 2:50 p.m. Great Britain beat Omri Casspi and Israel by four in overtime on Wednesday behind 22 points from Kyle Johnson. France, which many thought to be one of the stronger teams in the field, will try to avoid starting 0-2 at EuroBasket. Tony Parker and Boris Diaw lead the way for the French.

The complete schedule for Thursday is below (all times Eastern):

Montenegro vs. Latvia, Group B, 8:20 a.m.

Croatia vs. Georgia, Group C, 8:20 a.m.

Ukraine vs. Israel, Group A, 8:20 a.m.

Finland vs. Sweden, Group D, 8:20 a.m.

Bosnia vs. Serbia, Group B, 11:35 a.m.

Poland vs. Czech Republic, Group C, 11:35 a.m.

Italy vs. Turkey, Group D, 11:35 a.m.

Germany vs. Belgium, Group A, 11:35 a.m.

Great Britain vs. France, Group A, 2:50 p.m.

Lithuania vs. Macedonia, Group B, 2:50 p.m.

Slovenia vs. Spain, Group C, 2:50 p.m.

Greece vs. Russia, Group D, 2:50 p.m.

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