Highlights: Greece beat Italy 85-68 in FIBA Europe U18s +++ VIDEO: Basketball World Cup of Beer – Opening Ceremony and Schedule +++ Serbia and Croatia make statements at FIBA U18s +++ Coach James Weldon gives his thoughts on Dragan Bender +++ Sarunas Jasikevičius retires, joins Zalgiris in coaching role +++ Vintage Drazen Petrovic jersey up for auction +++ Ireland announce select squad for Luxembourg friendlies +++ We really need you to nominate beers +++ Mykhailiuk operating almost under cover +++ Nando de Colo has the best location for a basketball camp +++

Lithuanian hero in Florida: Deividas Dulkys cool as ice, sinks FTs to seal FSU’s first-ever ACC title

Florida State University SG/SF Deividas Dulkys is no stranger to high-pressure NCAA basketball, having gained experience in March Madness last season with his university team; the Lithuanian showed that coolness in the clutch yesterday, with his 15th and 16th points of the game coming with 3.9 seconds on the clock.

Despite some distraction techniques – notes Associated Press writer Paul Newbury, “[Kendall] Marshall appeared to try a bit of gamesmanship as Deividas Dulkys went to the line for another 1-and-1 with 3.9 seconds to go. The guard ran in to scream instructions to his teammates just as the Florida State player was buckling his knees to put up the first attempt. Nothing but net. Dulkys made the second one, too…”

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Sam vs. the Future: Basketball predictions for 2012

It’s always a good time for some predictions, eh? Sam Chadwick, Ball in Europe’s man in the UK, today dusts off the Official BallinEurope Crystal Ball in looking forward to another year of top-quality basketball in the world’s top competitions. Who does Sammy like in the NBA, Euroleague, college ball and the Olympics? Read on to find out (and see plenty of highlight clips).

This year sees the London Olympic games, a shortened NBA season, another year of Euroleague basketball and the NCAA Final Four – what more could we possibly ask for? Happy new year…

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Obscure signing, important message

It may not be the highest-profile signing in the basketball offseason thus far, but the move of UNC alum Mike Copeland to Glasgow, Scotland, also came with a choice quote or two from the former Tar Heel.

Copeland was part of the star-studded 2008-09 University of North Carolina team that took the NCAA championship; in fact, Copeland never received much playing time at all in Chapel Hill, ultimately averaging just over one point and about 0.85 rebounds per game.

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