Basketball World Cup of Beer: The Final – USA vs France +++ Tight knit Iceland too much for Great Britain +++ EuroBasket 2015: Round-up and Highlights from Wednesday’s qualifiers +++ FIBA dropped a sweet promo for the World Cup +++ Basketball World Cup of Beer – Bronze Medal Match +++ Rudy gets iced, the internet rejoices +++ FIBA World Cup Preview – Group C +++ CSKA Moscow’s Kyle Hines and Sonny Weems take the ice bucket challenge +++ Tony Parker does ice bucket challenge but his friend can’t use a camera phone +++ Basketball World Cup of Beer: Semi Finals +++

Poll: Who should be the 2013 Euroleague Coach of the Year?

BallinEurope weighed in on the question of Euroleague Coach of the Year for 2012-13 earlier, so now it’s your turn: Who do you like for the honor? (This poll will remain open for a day after the championship game, should your decision hinge on the outcome…)

Who is the 2012-13 Euroleague Coach of the Year?

  • Georgios Bartzokas, Olympiacos (69%, 36 Votes)
  • Argiris Pedoulakis, Panathinaikos (13%, 7 Votes)
  • other (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Zan Tabak, Baskonia (8%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 52

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Did/will the outcome of the Olympiacos-Real Madrid game affect your vote?

  • No (45%, 18 Votes)
  • Yes, somewhat (35%, 14 Votes)
  • Yes, definitely (20%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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Poll: Who will win, lose 2013 Euroleague championship game?

So your Euroleague bracket got busted at some point during the quarterfinal round — No problem! BallinEurope offers a shot at prognosticatory redemption today. We want to know: What’s your prediction for the 2013 Euroleague championship game?

What is your prediction for the 2013 Euroleague championship game?

  • Olympiacos over Real Madrid (26%, 17 Votes)
  • CSKA Moscow over FC Barcelona (17%, 11 Votes)
  • CSKA Moscow over Real Madrid (15%, 10 Votes)
  • Real Madrid over CSKA Moscow (14%, 9 Votes)
  • FC Barcelona over CSKA Moscow (12%, 8 Votes)
  • Olympiacos over FC Barcelona (9%, 6 Votes)
  • Real Madrid over Olympiacos (6%, 4 Votes)
  • FC Barcelona over Olympiacos (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 66

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Poll: Who wins CSKA Moscow-Olympiacos, FC Barcelona-Real Madrid Euroleague Final Four games?

Right, so let’s get a week’s worth of Euroleague hype started the democratic, opinionatin’ way. BallinEurope wants to know: Who do you have winning in the first pair of games and advancing to the championship?

Euroleague Final Four: Who wins, CSKA Moscow or Olympiacos?

  • CSKA Moscow (55%, 37 Votes)
  • Olympiacos (45%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 67

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Euroleague Final Four: Who wins, FC Barcelona or Real Madrid?

  • Real Madrid (51%, 35 Votes)
  • FC Barcelona (29%, 20 Votes)
  • It doesn't matter; either will lose in the finals (20%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 68

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Poll: Who’s your Euroleague Most Valuable Player?

The BallinEurope ballot for Euroleague MVP and All-EL first team was laid bare this morning and whoo, there’s some early backlash. So let’s throw out the question then. Here it is. Who do you like?

Who was the Euroleague MVP for 2012-13?

  • Vassilis Spanoulis, Olympiacos (58%, 85 Votes)
  • other (16%, 23 Votes)
  • Nenad Krstic, CSKA Moscow (15%, 22 Votes)
  • Ante Tomic, FC Barcelona (7%, 11 Votes)
  • Bobby Brown, Montepaschi Siena (4%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 147

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Poll: Who are you cheering for in the 2013 NCAA Tournament?

After trawling the rosters of teams invited to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, a.k.a. The Big Dance, a.k.a. the cause of March Madness, BallinEurope has decided to divide its loyalty among three European-accented college squads.

And you? Who do you like in the big bracket? Vote below, vote early, vote often. And let the Madness begin!

Who are you cheering for to win the 2013 NCAA Tournament?

  • My alma mater (33%, 5 Votes)
  • Duke (20%, 3 Votes)
  • Any team except for Duke (20%, 3 Votes)
  • Gonzaga (13%, 2 Votes)
  • New Mexico State University (13%, 2 Votes)
  • Florida Gulf Coast University (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Any underdog (1%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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Poll: What is Zalgiris’ problem in the clutch?

All right, so BallinEurope has been considering the case of this season’s Zalgiris Kaunas — a team that went 17-2 in European competition in calendar year 2012 but has since shown a distinctly alarming propensity for losing close ones — all weekend to the ultimate result of 1,200 words or so coming to no concrete conclusions. So it’s your turn: What do you think the problem has been the Greens’ primary problem?

Zalgiris Kaunas is now 2-6 in Euroleague and VTB League games going down to the wire. The main reason is:

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Poll: What was your favorite basketball movie of 2012?

BallinEurope killed much time the past two weeks in catching up with basketball-centric movie releases of 2012, and subsequently devoted much verbiage to these films on this site. So now it’s your turn, and who doesn’t love an online poll? Tell us: What was your favorite hoops flick of the past year? Vote below and please feel free to elaborate on your vote in the comments section — BiE looooooooooves talking sports movies…

What was your favorite basketball movie released in 2012?

  • The Other Dream Team (66%, 21 Votes)
  • other (9%, 3 Votes)
  • NBA Films' The Dream Team (6%, 2 Votes)
  • The Iran Job (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Benji (from ESPN "30 for 30" Volume 2) (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Thunderstruck (7%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 32

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The new logo is here! The new logo is here!

Okay, here it is. In the wake of Ramunas Siskauskas’ retirement from basketball and based on the results from a pair of polls undertaken here, today unleashes its new logo, as designed at Budapest-based Artamax Creative Solutions.

We think the Sabas vs. Spanoulis logo represents BiE’s interest in European hoops both present and past, representing a fresh look while still harkening back to the site’s original graphic. A general redesign is also in the works, but click “continue reading” to see the logo below the break – and let us know what you think!

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Poll: Which is the best European team going into 2013?

Right. So. Especially after this –

– and with the calendar page about to be flipped into 2013, BallinEurope’s question is: Which is the best basketball team in Europe right now?

Straight by the qualification system, the top four teams in Euroleague round one were Real Madrid, Maccabi Tel Aviv, FC Barcelona and Žalgiris Kaunas – not a bad start there, but’s mathematically-derived rankings on Monday morning includes CSKA Moscow at no. 1 and Olympiacos at no. 3. Maccabi, likely saddled by the competitive imbalance they enjoy back home in the Ligat Ha’Al, places a lowly eighth…

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