Here are the rest of the standings in EuroBasket Women 2017 qualifiers. Individual games can be watched on FIBA’s YouTube channel or you can select the game from this page.
The Slovenia men’s basketball team has made EuroBasket every year since the country declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. The men’s team is also ranked 12th in the world with Heat guard Goran Dragic leading the roster. The women’s team has now done the same for the first time after beating Lithuania, who has has one of their most disappointing performances in qualifiers. Latvia will feel more comfortable with a spot if they can beat Slovenia tomorrow at 12:45 p.m. ET
France has clinched a spot regardless. But Croatia would feel a lot more comfortable about their EuroBasket chances if they win against France at 2:30 p.m on Wednesday. The Netherlands could be second with a huge win over Estonia and if they score a ton of points. But both of their wins right now are coming from Estonia, who’s last place no matter what happens.
Remember that second place teams are re-seeded based on their record vs. the first and third place teams, so I’m calling it. The Dutch won’t be in EuroBasket next June.
Take my Group B summary and replace Netherlands with Great Britain, Dutch with British and that’s the gist of these four teams. Montenegro can improve their EuroBasket chances with a win against Italy at 12 p.m. ET.
Serbia plays Ukraine at 12 p.m. The Serbians won the bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics, while Ukrainians weren’t there, so I expect them to win this match.
No one in this group has officially grabbed a spot yet. But in an all too familiar theme with this post, the top two teams in this four member pool are playing each other as Slovakia and Hungary clash at 12 p.m. ET.
Russia has clinched a spot after missing the Olympics. They play Greece at 11 a.m. ET. Bulgaria and Switzerland are out but maybe the Swiss will fight to get at least one win in qualifiers.
All roads point to Belgium winning the group title and clinching a EuroBasket spot. But if Poland returns the favor at 2:15 p.m. ET like a swinging Polish Hammer,
then who knows what’s gonna happen?
(Oh crap, sorry Ian. But you’re on our side now!)
Turkey has already clinched a spot without the services of LaToya Sanders. But the match of the day is when Israel takes on Bosnia & Herzegovina at 12 p.m. ET. A win here would solidify the Israelis’ chances at a spot.
The only match in this group is Sweden vs. Finland at 2 p.m. ET. The Swedes have New York Liberty center Amanda Zahui B., who was the second pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft. They must win this game in order to keep their EuroBasket hopes alive.