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17 February, 2020
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10 Melih Mahmutoglu (TUR)
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Everything you need to know about the November FIBA EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers window

MUNICH (Germany) - A lot has happened since the FIBA EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers got underway, and there's still a lot to be decided with two windows remaining.

You'd be forgiven for forgetting how things work, so you can brush up on the Competition System and keep an eye out for the latest version of the Power Rankings this week.

For the full game schedule and tip-off times, click here.

And, here we take a look at the current state of play in each of the eight groups:

Group A - Valencia (ESP)

4/12 games played

  GAMES GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % For Agt +/- FA AA  
1 ISR Israel 2 2 0 100 162 134 28 81 67 4
2 POL Poland 2 1 1 50.0 151 144 7 75.5 72 3
3 ESP Spain 2 1 1 50.0 153 151 2 76.5 75.5 3
4 ROU Romania 2 0 2 0 134 171 -37 67 85.5 2
Upcoming Games 

November 28: Romania v Poland; Israel v Spain
November 30: Israel v Poland; Spain v Romania

What's on the line in Valencia?

Israel are the only unbeaten side in the group heading into the second window and will be looking to continue their momentum with qualification within reach. Spain will want to bounce back on home soil following their defeat to Poland in Zaragoza, while Romania have it all to do with a must-win clash to open.

Game To Watch

Israel v Spain. If Israel can record a third straight win in the group, the pressure would really begin to mount on Spain, and the hosts need different players to step up as they are without their two leading scorers from the first window.

FIBA World Ranking, presented by NIKE

WORLD
RANK
COUNTRY EUROPE
RANK
IOC CURRENT POINTS
2. ESP Spain 1. ESP 722.9
13. POL Poland 9. POL 567.6
41. ISR Israel 21. ISR 245.7
54. ROU Romania 30. ROU 179.4

Group B - TALLINN (EST)

4/12 games played

  GAMES GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % For Agt +/- FA AA  
1 ITA Italy 2 2 0 100 170 145 25 85 72.5 4
2 EST Estonia 2 1 1 50.0 162 159 3 81 79.5 3
3 RUS Russia 2 1 1 50.0 141 150 -9 70.5 75 3
4 MKD North Macedonia 2 0 2 0 139 158 -19 69.5 79 2
Upcoming Games 

November 28: Italy v North Macedonia; Estonia v Russia
November 30: Russia v Italy; Estonia v North Macedonia

What's on the line in Tallinn?

FIBA EuroBasket 2022 co-hosts Italy made a 2-0 start through the first window including a 21-point win over Russia. Estonia ran them close on home soil and will look to capitalize on familiar surroundings in the 'bubble' as two wins could secure their qualification, while North Macedonia are in need of a victory.

Game To Watch

Estonia v Russia. The two teams with split records so far meet on Gameday 3 as Estonia and Russia battle it out to control second spot in the group. It may actually prove to be more important for Russia with the Italians waiting two days later, and heading into the final window with a 1-3 record would be far from ideal for either side.

FIBA World Ranking, presented by NIKE

WORLD
RANK
COUNTRY EUROPE
RANK
IOC CURRENT POINTS
11. RUS Russia 7. RUS 585.4
12. ITA Italy 8. ITA 577.9
49. EST Estonia 26. EST 209.9
53. MKD North Macedonia 29. MKD 187.6

Group C - VILNIUS (LTU)

4/12 games played

  GAMES GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % For Agt +/- FA AA  
1 BEL Belgium 2 2 0 100 174 137 37 87 68.5 4
2 LTU Lithuania 2 1 1 50.0 162 175 -13 81 87.5 3
3 CZE Czech Republic 2 1 1 50.0 164 168 -4 82 84 3
4 DEN Denmark 2 0 2 0 143 163 -20 71.5 81.5 2
Upcoming Games 

November 27: Czech Republic v Belgium; Lithuania v Denmark
November 29: Denmark v Czech Republic; Lithuania v Belgium

What's on the line in Vilnius?
Belgium were one of the biggest stories from the first window as they opened up with two wins that included an emphatic 21-point victory over Lithuania - which saw them lead by as many as 37 points. The two teams meet again in Vilnius, while Denmark are up against it despite pushing Czech Republic close and will need more heroics from Gabriel Lundberg.

Game To Watch

Honestly, take your pick. Denmark will come out fighting and have nothing to lose, while Belgium have made everyone stand up and take notice. Replicating that success is another matter and they come up against two top-10 nations out to beat them, whilst being without first window hero Jonathan Tabu.

FIBA World Ranking, presented by NIKE

WORLD
RANK
COUNTRY EUROPE
RANK
IOC CURRENT POINTS
8. LTU Lithuania 5. LTU 635.2
9. CZE Czech Republic 6. CZE 591.5
37. BEL Belgium 19. BEL 281.9
59. DEN Denmark 33. DEN 164.5

Group D - ISTANBUL (TUR)

4/12 games played

  GAMES GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % For Agt +/- FA AA  
1 CRO Croatia 2 2 0 100 141 115 26 70.5 57.5 4
2 NED Netherlands 2 1 1 50.0 131 134 -3 65.5 67 3
3 SWE Sweden 2 1 1 50.0 143 152 -9 71.5 76 3
4 TUR Turkey 2 0 2 0 145 159 -14 72.5 79.5 2
Upcoming Games

November 27: Netherlands v Sweden; Croatia v Turkey
November 29: Netherlands v Turkey; Sweden v Croatia

What's on the line in Istanbul?

For Turkey, a lot. An underwhelming start to the group saw Turkey drop to the bottom with defeats to the Netherlands and Sweden. Those two sides have been given a lift and still face each other twice, which could prove decisive. Meanwhile, unbeaten Croatia did what they needed to do and another perfect window could see them advance.

Game To Watch

Croatia v Turkey. Pressure. 3-0 Croatia? 0-3 Turkey? Or back on track in the group? Reaching the halfway stage without a win would have been unimaginable for Turkey, but it still wouldn't be insurmountable - yet they'll be looking to get back to 2-2 and putting February truly behind them.

FIBA World Ranking, presented by NIKE

WORLD
RANK
COUNTRY EUROPE
RANK
IOC CURRENT POINTS
14. CRO Croatia 10. CRO 522.4
15. TUR Turkey 11. TUR 513.2
44. NED Netherlands 23. NED 231.2
55. SWE Sweden 31. SWE 176.4

Group E - ESPOO (FIN)

4/12 games played

  GAMES GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % For Agt +/- FA AA  
1 GEO Georgia 2 2 0 100 190 178 12 95 89 4
2 SRB Serbia 2 1 1 50.0 170 152 18 85 76 3
3 FIN Finland 2 1 1 50.0 127 144 -17 63.5 72 3
4 SUI Switzerland 2 0 2 0 152 165 -13 76 82.5 2
Upcoming Games

November 28: Switzerland v Serbia; Finland v Georgia
November 30: Switzerland v Georgia; Serbia v Finland

What's on the line in Espoo?

Georgia are the early front-runners in the group, thanks in large to their impressive four-point win in Belgrade in the first window. Switzerland are the lowest ranked side left in the Qualifiers and would have taken encouragement from single-figure margins of defeat, but face a tough double-header that could see the end of the road.

Game To Watch

There will certainly be plenty of eyes on Serbia, though the clash between Finland and Georgia will be an interesting watch. Finland were far from convincing in their win over Switzerland and will be the underdogs in both encounters over the weekend, but could shake things up in the southern city of Espoo.

FIBA World Ranking, presented by NIKE

WORLD
RANK
COUNTRY EUROPE
RANK
IOC CURRENT POINTS
5. SRB Serbia 2. SRB 661.3
34. FIN Finland 17. FIN 319.4
36. GEO Georgia 18. GEO 299.1
62. SUI Switzerland 35. SUI 151.5

Group F - ljubljana (SLO)

4/12 games played

  GAMES GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % For Agt +/- FA AA  
1 HUN Hungary 2 2 0 100 139 135 4 69.5 67.5 4
2 UKR Ukraine 2 1 1 50.0 148 135 13 74 67.5 3
3 SLO Slovenia 2 1 1 50.0 160 155 5 80 77.5 3
4 AUT Austria 2 0 2 0 151 173 -22 75.5 86.5 2
Upcoming Games

November 28: Slovenia v Ukraine
November 30: Ukraine v Austria;

What's on the line in Ljubljana?

Hungary top the group heading to the Ljubljana 'bubble' having enjoyed back-to-back two-point victories in February. Slovenia and Ukraine were on the receiving end of dramatic fixtures, but both defeated Austria who now have little margin for error with two further defeats potentially sealing their fate.

Note: The games of Austria - Hungary on November 28 and Slovenia - Hungary on November 30 will not take place and will be rescheduled in the February 2021 window. 

 

FIBA World Ranking, presented by NIKE

WORLD
RANK
COUNTRY EUROPE
RANK
IOC CURRENT POINTS
17. SLO Slovenia 12. SLO 496.4
29. UKR Ukraine 16. UKR 353.0
39. HUN Hungary 20. HUN 262.2
56. AUT Austria 32. AUT 172.6

Group G - PAU (FRA)

4/12 games played

  GAMES GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % For Agt +/- FA AA  
1 GER Germany 2 1 1 50.0 156 150 6 78 75 3
2 FRA France 2 1 1 50.0 154 149 5 77 74.5 3
3 GBR Great Britain 2 1 1 50.0 155 154 1 77.5 77 3
4 MNE Montenegro 2 1 1 50.0 147 159 -12 73.5 79.5 3
Upcoming Games

November 27: Great Britain v France; Germany v Montenegro
November 29: France v Germany; Great Britain v Montenegro

What's on the line in Pau?

It was wins all round in the first window in February as the only group without an unbeaten team. Great Britain pulled off a vital victory at home against FIBA EuroBasket 2022 co-hosts Germany - who had beaten France - after an opening loss to Montenegro, and everyone remains firmly in the hunt as they battle in Pau.

Game To Watch

France v Germany is always going to fun to watch, no matter who is wearing the jersey, but the most important clash is no doubt going to be Great Britain v Montenegro - this could be crucial in deciding who advances, providing Les Bleus do not have a mare on home soil.

FIBA World Ranking, presented by NIKE

WORLD
RANK
COUNTRY EUROPE
RANK
IOC CURRENT POINTS
6. FRA France 3. FRA 656.5
18. GER Germany 13. GER 495.7
26. MNE Montenegro 14. MNE 391.4
42. GBR Great Britain 22. GBR 242.7

Group H - SARAJEVO (BIH)

4/12 games played

  GAMES GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % For Agt +/- FA AA  
1 GRE Greece 2 2 0 100 143 128 15 71.5 64 4
2 BUL Bulgaria 2 1 1 50.0 173 177 -4 86.5 88.5 3
3 BIH BIH 2 1 1 50.0 127 131 -4 63.5 65.5 3
4 LAT Latvia 2 0 2 0 165 172 -7 82.5 86 2
Upcoming Games

November 27: Greece v Latvia; Bosnia and Herzegovina v Bulgaria
November 29: Bulgaria v Greece; Bosnia and Herzegovina v Latvia

What's on the line in Sarajevo?

It was a tough opening window for Latvia as they were edged out by a point at home to Bosnia and Herzegovina before losing a high-scoring thriller away in Bulgaria, and still have to play unbeaten Greece twice. Bosnia will fancy their chances on home soil and could close on qualification, especially if they can replicate their performance against Latvia.

Game To Watch

While a lot rides on the meeting between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bulgaria, the first game of the November window could prove even more significant. Can Latvia respond by beating Greece and open up the group or will they in the danger zone of an 0-3 record?

FIBA World Ranking, presented by NIKE

WORLD
RANK
COUNTRY EUROPE
RANK
IOC CURRENT POINTS
7. GRE Greece 4. GRE 647.4
27. LAT Latvia 15. LAT 382.2
45. BIH Bosnia and Herzegovina 24. BIH 226.7
50. BUL Bulgaria 27. BUL 204.6

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