Day 1 of the 2014 FIBA World Cup featured a couple close calls, but no upsets. Will Day 2 be any different?
The biggest upset of the day would happen if Turkey could somehow defeat Team USA in a rematch of the 2010 FIBA World Championships. The problem is that this isn't the same Turkey squad that advanced that far. After struggling in warm-up games, Turkey needed a fourth-quarter rally to top a New Zealand team that doesn't have Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams. Top stars Hedo Turkoglu, Ersan Ilyasova and Enes Kanter all stayed home, leaving New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik and longtime European star Emir Preldzic all by themselves. Meanwhile, Team USA was in full flight in a dominating 114-55 win over Finland that somehow was even more lopsided than the final score.
Elsewhere, there are two key showdowns between traditional powers. Croatia barely scraped by an upstart Philippine squad Saturday and now must face an experienced Argentina club. Two hours later, France faces what could be a must-win scenario against Serbia. Group A is deep and France is already down a game after falling to Brazil on Saturday.
Here's the full schedule. All times Eastern. All games are on ESPN3 except for Team USA-Turkey, which is on ESPN.
9:30 a.m.: France 74, Serbia 73
Noon: Brazil 79, Iran 50
4 p.m.: Spain vs. Egypt
7:30 a.m.: Croatia 90, Argentina 95
11:30 a.m.: Senegal 82, Puerto Rico 75
2 p.m.: Philippines vs. Greece
6:30 a.m.: Dominican Republic 76, New Zealand 63
10 a.m.: Finland 81, Ukraine 76
3:30 p.m.: USA vs. Turkey (ESPN)
7:30 a.m.: Australia 89, South Korea 65
11:30 a.m.: Slovenia 89, Mexico 69
2 p.m.: Lithuania vs. Angola