We’re going group by group with what you need to know to enjoy the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball. Today we’re looking at Group B.
Qualified: Third place at the 2013 FIBA Americas championship. No Manu Ginobili in this team and while still a threat to make the knockout stages, there are a long shot for medal contention.
Qualified: Fourth place at EuroBasket 2013, a good, organised outfit, likely to run into trouble at least once in group play but certainly in with a shot at a medal if they get the right draw.
Qualified: Wild card recipients after a disappointing 11th place finish in EuroBasket, they travel to Spain weakened by the absence of Vassilis Spanoulis and Kosta Koufos.
Qualified: Making their first appearance at the big one since hosting in 1978, the basketball mad nation qualified as silver medal winners at the 2013 FIBA Asia championship.
Qualified: Silver medal winners at 2013 FIBA Americas championship, a capable outfit and one that will see anything less than the second round a failure.
Qualified: After taking third place in 2013 FIBA Africa championship, Senegal was suspended by FIBA over fabricating the ages of players in the World Under 19 championships. That suspension was later lifted and they’re heading to Spain.