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EuroBasket 2013: The Field is Set with 24 Teams

eurobasket 2013As the final games of the EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round were getting ready to start, there no doubt were pencils being sharpened, calculator batteries being checked, spreadsheets getting fired up and for those old school mathematicians out there, most likely a slide rule or two getting dusted off in anticipation of the intense calculations that could be coming to determine which of the 10 teams that could qualify for the remaining six, actually did qualify for those spots. If this team wins and that team loses and their points for divided by their points against are higher or this team wins by this many points… It was enough to give anyone a headache just thinking about it.

On top of it, let’s face it, the results of this tournament have left more than one person scratching their head wondering what on earth is going on. Montenegro came into the final game undefeated, having beaten Serbia not just once on a fluke half-courter at the buzzer, but twice, the second time by 10 points. Serbia was looking at elimination if they lost to Israel and Estonia won. Turkey was looking at elimination if they lost. Four teams were undefeated coming into the final day and four teams hadn’t won a game. It’s been interesting that’s for sure.

To sit down and try to predict what would transpire on the final day of this competition should have been fairly easy for the games that matter. Serbia should have beaten Israel and probably by the 19 they needed to get second; Turkey should have beaten Czech Republic; Belgium should have beaten Albania; and we could go on and on. Funny thing is though, who thought that Georgia would have been beaten by the Netherlands; that Turkey would need a win in the last game to qualify; that Serbia would loss to not only Montenegro twice, but also to Estonia and Israel; and that the three teams that tied for second place in Group B at 4-4 all won their home games against each other, that’s right, all six home games between Sweden, Bulgaria and Azerbaijan were won by the home team giving them all 2-2 records. So, as the lights were being turned off at the gyms and the stat people were ready to start crunching, there was nothing left to crunch with the exception of tie-breakers in Groups A and B. All the teams that could finish 5-3 did, so they qualified and the 3rd place team in Group A was 6-4, which is a higher winning percentage than 5-3. Three teams at 5-3, one at 6-4 and the nerd party was over. Very anti-climatic to say the least…

On the positive side though, it’s been an incredible Qualifier and it should lead to an unbelievable Finals next September when the eight pre-qualifiers are tossed in the mix. Below are the final group standings, a brief explanation of how or why a particular team finished were they did if there was any calculations involved and then the list of the 24 teams that will compete in the EuroBasket 2013. The ticker on the EuroBasket2013.org website says that the ‘Tip-Off Countdown’ is at 357 days to go…

24 Teams Qualified for EuroBasket 2013 – Slovenia
Pre-Qualified:
F.Y.R. of Macedonia
France
Great Britian
Greece
Lithuania
Russia
Slovenia
Spain

Qualified from EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round:
First Place Teams:
Montenegro – 1st Place Group A
Germany – 1st Place Group B
Croatia – 1st Place Group C
Bosnia and Herzegovina – 1st Place Group D
Poland – 1st Place Group E
Italy – 1st Place Group F
Second Place Teams:
Israel – 2nd Place Group A
Sweden – 2nd Place Group B
Ukraine  - 2nd Place Group C
Georgia – 2nd Place Group D
Finland – 2nd Place Group E
Turkey – 2nd Place Group F
Third Place Teams (with record and F/A):
Serbia (6-4) – 3rd Place Group A
Belgium (5-3 – 1.134) – 3rd Place Group E
Latvia (5-3 – 1.122)- 3rd Place Group D
Czech Republic (5-3 – 1.025) – 3rd Place Group F


GROUP A


Status Team G W L PF PA F/A Points
Q Montenegro 10 10 0 814 697 1.168 20
Q Israel 10 6 4 861 751 1.146 16
Q Serbia 10 6 4 846 721 1.173 16
X Estonia 10 6 4 768 761 1.009 16
X Iceland 10 1 9 743 920 0.808 11
X Slovak Republic 10 1 9 794 886 0.795 11

Status: Q: Qualified; X: Not Qualified


Games – Sept. 11
Serbia – Israel 83-67
Estonia – Iceland 80-58
Montenegro – Slovak Republic 80-48
Israel finishes second with a greater goal average (1.087) between games with Serbia (1.068) and Estonia (0.861). Israel qualify for finishing second, Serbia qualifies for having the highest winning percentage of the 3rd place teams at 6-4.

GROUP B


Status Team G W L PF PA F/A Points
Q Germany 8 8 0 695 547 1.271 16
Q Sweden 8 4 4 678 624 1.087 12
X Bulgaria 8 4 4 669 647 1.034 12
X Azerbaijan 8 4 4 658 660 0.997 12
X Luxembourg 8 0 8 580 802 0.723 8

Games – Sept. 11
Germany – Azerbaijan 81-68
Sweden – Luxembourg 85-68
Sweden finishes second because all three 4-4 teams have 2-2 records, the second tie-breaker is F/A, Sweden has the highest at 1.087, followed by Burgaria at 1.034 and then Azerbaijan at 0.997. Sweden qualifies for the EuroBasket 2013 Finals by finishing second in the Group.

GROUP C


Status Team G W L PF PA F/A Points
Q Croatia 8 8 0 685 539 1.271 16
Q Ukraine 8 6 2 580 523 1.109 14
X Austria 8 3 5 601 589 1.020 11
X Hungary 8 3 5 593 619 0.958 11
X Cyprus 8 0 8 445 634 0.702 8

Games – Sept. 11
Croatia – Austria 78-74
Hungary – Cyprus 63-58
Croatia and Ukraine had qualified prior to yesterday’s games, no other teams in Group C qualified due to their overall records.

GROUP D


Status Team G W L PF PA F/A Points
Q Bosnia and Herz. 8 6 2 736 672 1.095 14
Q Georgia 8 6 2 707 666 1.062 14
Q Latvia 8 5 3 655 584 1.122 13
X Netherlands 8 2 6 667 726 0.919 10
X Romania 8 1 7 569 686 0.829 9

Games – Sept. 11
Georgia – Netherlands 97-89
Latvia – Romania 85-77
Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia had both qualified prior to yesterday’s games, but Latvia’s win over Romania gave them a 5-3, good enough to finish as one of the top four 3rd place teams, and to qualify for the EuroBasket 2013 Finals.

GROUP E


Status Team G W L PF PA F/A Points
Q Poland 8 6 2 704 568 1.239 14
Q Finland 8 6 2 717 572 1.253 14
Q Belgium 8 5 3 618 545 1.134 13
X Switzerland 8 3 5 570 670 0.851 11
X Albania 8 0 8 495 749 0.661 8

Games – Sept. 11
Finland – Switzerland 84-77
Belgium – Albania 82-46
Poland and Finland finished with the same records, but Poland wins the head-to-head tie break (F/A of games between them). Belgium qualifies with a 5-3 record, one of the four best in of the 3rd place finishers. 

GROUP F


Status Team G W L PF PA F/A Points
Q Italy 8 8 0 638 496 1.286 16
Q Turkey 8 5 3 617 568 1.086 13
Q Czech Republic 8 5 3 565 551 1.025 13
X Belarus 8 2 6 553 626 0.883 10
X Portugal 8 0 8 523 655 0.798 8

Games – Sept. 11
Turkey – Czech Republic 81-58
Belarus – Portugal 77-64
Italy had clinched a EuroBasket Finals spot prior to yesterday’s games.  Turkey finishes second after they defeated Czech Republic by 23 to win the tie-breaker. The Czech Republic squad qualifies with a 5-3 record.

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2 Responses to EuroBasket 2013: The Field is Set with 24 Teams

  1. Paul Hooks Reply

    September 12, 2012 at 22:36

    Of course everyone qualified, it is Euro with 24 spots!

  2. SRN Reply

    September 12, 2012 at 10:22

    In the end and after a long summer all the teams that were “supposed to” qualify DID.
    The top two or three in each group advanced. In my opinion also the top two three BEFORE the tourney started.

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