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FIBA 2014 Preview: Spain (1-0) vs. Egypt (0-1)

Team Spain has to be feeling pretty good coming off of their 90-60 win over Iran earlier today. Tomorrow, Spain will be looking for their 2nd-straight victory against a team still looking for its first one.

Team Egypt was already ranked 46th heading into the tournament, only qualifying due to their 2nd-place finish in the 2014 FIBA Africa Championships. However, Team Egypt is feeling the sting of defeat after falling 85-64 to Team Serbia.

Haytham Kamal was the standout for Team Egypt earlier today during the loss with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists,  2 blocks, and a steal. Ibrahim Elgammal’s 12 points led the team in scoring, as Moustafa Elsabagh led the team in both rebounds and assists with 5 of each.

In contrast, 11th-ranked Serbia is actually expected to make the Knockout Round of 16. Stefan Bircevic was the game’s MVP with 11 points, 9 rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a block. Milos Teodosic led all scorers with 15 points, and Bogdan Bogdanovich leading the team in assists with 4. Plus, we are talking about a Serbia team with Miroslav Raduljica of the Milwaukee Bucks in their ranks.

Tomorrow should be another walk in the park for Team Spain, as they surpass Team Egypt in every side-by-side category with the exception of bench points. And a 32-29 lead isn’t really all that much to brag about, if you ask me. The top scorers for each team are miles apart, as Elgammal’s 12 points absolutely pale in comparison to Pau Gasol’s 33. Plus, Team Spain is 4-1 all-time vs. Team Egypt, with Team Egypt’s lone victory coming in their initial meeting on October 25th of 1950. Egypt won 57-56, and have since dropped their last 4 meetings. To be honest, Serge Ibaka may end up sitting on the bench through the entirety once again, as Team Egypt is simply far too overmatched in this affair.

Tomorrow’s action comes to you from Granada as well. The tip-off time even remains the same at 3pm CST. Be sure to check your local listings for TV availability in your area.

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