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FIBA 2014 Preview: Spain (3-0) vs. France (2-1)

Team Spain saw their first real test when they faced Team Brazil yesterday. An 82-63 final score gave Team Spain a convincing A+, and effectively punched their ticket to the 2014 FIBA Knockout Round of 16.

Team France scored their 2nd straight victory of the 2014 FIBA World Cup when they slaughtered Team Egypt 94-55 yesterday. After a heartbreaking 65-63 loss to Team Brazil put Team France down 0-1 early, Team Serbia was threatening to keep them winless over the weekend. After a grueling affair Sunday afternoon, a 74-73 victory saved Team France from said fate.

As Team Iran and Team Egypt both sit 0-3 with 2 games remaining, Team France, Team Brazil, and Team Serbia are all looking for one more win to ensure entry into the Knockout Round of 16. However, there is even more good news for those three teams.

Individual losses from both Team Iran and Team Egypt will effectively eliminate both teams. However, they’re playing each other tomorrow, so only one will be mathematically eliminated afterwards.

But if Team Egypt gets the victory tomorrow, Team France’s ticket will be punched win or lose as a result of the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Although I’m sure Team France would rather be the masters of their own destiny. They’re going up against a true juggernaut in Team Spain tomorrow. This is the same team that convincingly dismantled Team Brazil, who were responsible for breaking France’s collective heart in the opening game.

One must bear in mind, however, that if any team has been truly tested so far in Group A, it would be Team France. Their first two games had a combined point differential of 3.

These two teams have a very rich head-to-head history in FIBA, with Team Spain holding a 23-8 edge. France claimed the last victory 75-72 back on September 30th of last year, with Team Spain winning the previous 3 contests. Team Spain also holds a 16-game winning streak over Team France, dating from June 4th, 1965 to June 26th, 1995.

Before the streak, Team France had a 4-2 advantage head-to-head, claiming the first 2 games. This opening 2-game win streak is also their longest winning streak against Team Spain, which has yet to be duplicated. After the 16-win streak by Team Spain, the two teams alternated wins up to Team Spain’s most recent 3-game winning streak.

Team Spain will try to start their streak anew against Team France tomorrow at the same 3pm CST tip-off time. Check your local listings for TV availability.

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