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July 2024
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Who will win the OQTs? FIBA experts predictions

MIES (Switzerland) - Twenty-four countries are in the hunt, just four will advance to the Olympics.

Which ones will join Germany, Serbia, Canada, USA, Australia, South Sudan, Japan and hosts France in the tournament field? 

We'll know for sure on July 7, the final day of the four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs) 2024.

Our pundits ponder which teams will win in the following roundtable.

Jeff Taylor, FIBA writer, columnist and play-by-play commentator who's called all the games at FIBA OQTs in 2008 (Athens), 2012 (Caracas), 2016 (Turin) and 2021 (Belgrade), is joined by four well-known basketball coaches and personalities.

Mike Taylor coached Poland to the Quarter-Finals of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. He led the Poles at the FIBA OQT 2021 in Kaunas. Mike also worked as a color commentator for FIBA Media at EuroBasket 2022 and at this year's FIBA Basketball World Cup in Manila.

Liz Mills made history as the first woman to lead a team, Kenya, to the AfroBasket two years ago and then coached the Morans at the event in Rwanda. She is a coach in the Basketball Africa League, having held the reins of AS Salé and ABC Fighters. She only just led Bangui Sporting Club to qualification for the BAL in 2024. 

Mark Clark, a veteran commentator at FIBA events, and coach, was on the mic at the Belgrade OQT in 2016, and Kaunas OQT in 2021. He also commentated in Jakarta for the First and Second Rounds of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.

Shona Thorburn, a two-time Canada Olympic point guard who is now a coach at French top-flight side Basket Landes, has commentated at the last two FIBA Basketball World Cups, including this summer for the First and Second Rounds games at the World Cup in Jakarta.

Carlan Gay, a veteran FIBA commentator who called games at FIBA EuroBasket 2017 and the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, was also the play-by-play voice for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Victoria, Canada that was held before the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

On Monday, FIBA announced Piraeus (Greece), Riga (Latvia), Valencia (Spain) and San Juan (Puerto Rico) as hosts of the OQTs, and the Draw for them was then held at FIBA headquarters in Mies, Switzerland. 

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Jeff: Which team, or teams, received the toughest draw

Shona: Easily Greece. You have three teams that finished in the top 15 at last year's World Cup. 

Liz: Without a doubt, the teams playing in Piraeus have the toughest draw. Greece, Slovenia and the Dominican Republic are all capable of winning this group. Add to the mix Croatia, who most definitely should not be overlooked or underestimated.

Mark: Greece has the toughest draw. There are no easy games.

Carlan: New Zealand was done no favors by the draw. They have to first fight through Slovenia and Croatia and then potentially see Greece in a knockout game. I don't envy them. 

Jeff: Which teams have momentum? I'm saying Latvia after what they went through this summer, but also Poland, Croatia, Cameroon and the Bahamas after their respective FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament wins.

 Are Buddy Hield and the Bahamas going to shock the world and reach the Olympics?

Liz: Latvia and Lithuania both had great World Cups, especially considering the unavailability of some players and injuries to others before and during the tournament. With the return of a number of these players, I see both building on their performances at the World Cup and heading into these qualifiers with great momentum.

Mark: Latvia and the Bahamas stand out. Latvia from the World Cup, and Bahamas from the Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament in Argentina, will believe they can beat everyone.

Aleksander Balcerowski's size, skill and effort help make Poland a contender at the Valencia OQT

Mike: Poland and even Mexico come to mind. Despite not playing at the World Cup, Poland created momentum by winning their FIBA Olympic Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament, outlasting Bosnia and Herzegovina, 76-72, in Gliwice. For Mexico, despite early struggles at the World Cup, they finished with wins over New Zealand and Jordan. They have a productive backcourt with skillful shooting guard Pako Cruz and crafty point guard Paul Stoll.  Big man Josh Ibarra adds strength and presence in the paint while athletic Fabian Jaimes impacts the game in a variety of ways. Coach Omar Quintero has done a great job with Mexico. Look for them to be in top form in San Juan.

Carlan: The Bahamas. What they did in Argentina was nothing short of incredible. They proved they belonged in the Americas, it'll be interesting to see how that translates on the world stage. 

Jeff: Who are going to be the players to watch in these tournaments? I never get tired of watching Luka Doncic of Slovenia, Mateusz Ponitka of Poland, Ehab Amin of Egypt, and Shea Ili of New Zealand.

Liz: Outside the obvious stars for me, I'm looking forward to watching some of the rising stars in these national teams. Jean Montero (20) from the Dominican Republic had a successful World Cup campaign and is having a solid start to the ACB season. With Karl-Anthony Towns being such a focus for the opposition, I think these qualifiers provide a great opportunity for Jean to take advantage of that and have a significant impact on this team's ability to win games.

Montero's international career has taken off with the Dominican Republic

Another rising talent is Matteo Spagnolo (20) for Italy. After a relatively quiet World Cup, where no doubt he gained a wealth of experience and knowledge, I see these games as an opportunity for Matteo to continue to mature and develop as a future leader for this Italian team.

I'd be remiss to not mention a player out of Africa. Cameroonian and NBA Africa Academy player Ulrich Chomche (17) is one of Africa's rising talents. With two years of Basketball Africa League experience under his belt and a successful OPQT campaign this summer with the senior national team, Ulrich has shown several exciting glimpses of the versatile big man he can grow into over the next couple of years.

Mark: Kristaps Porzingis. He will lead Latvia to the Olympic games.

Mike: Willy Hernangomez (18.2 points, 5.6 rebounds per game at the World Cup) and his brother Juancho (10.6 points per game) provide a one-two punch in the front court for Spain. For Latvia, Andrejs Grazulis was a key piece at the World Cup, punishing switches and scoring on mismatches in the post. For Finland, I'm excited to see coach Lassi Tuovi build on the World Cup experiences of young point guard Miro Little, who averaged 4.6 assists, and big man Mikael Jantunen, who corralled 5.3 rebounds per game. Both showed promise. For Lithuania, Rokas Jokubaitas continued to assert himself as the next outstanding point guard in the country. It will be fun to see him in action.

Deandre Ayton has become somewhat of a forgotten man in the NBA after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft but in his first real taste of international competition at the senior level he was sensational, leading the Bahamas through the Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament in Argentina. With that experience under his belt, I expect him to have a strong showing in Valencia. Brazil's Yago Santos is one of the most electrifying guards in the Americas. Fans in Riga won't be disappointed getting a chance to see him perform.  

Shona: I would love to see Ricky Rubio back in a Spanish uniform, but I'm not sure how likely that will be. Lorenzo Brown could also be an exciting addition for Spain.  All this being said, I'm really excited to see how Porzingis can help build on the success Latvia had last summer.

Jeff: Is there anything that stands out for you about the history of the past OQTs, maybe specifically the last two? For me, I'll never forget the 2016 Turin Final between Croatia and Italy. UNBELIEVABLE. Germany beating Brazil in the Split OQT 2021 Final was a little surprising last time, as was the Czech Republic winning in Victoria, Canada the same year. They barely beat Uruguay and then went on to knock off Canada and Greece!

In 2008, I'll never forget Dirk Nowitzki dominating and getting Germany to the Olympics, and in 2012 Nigeria's shock win over Greece and all of those d'Tigers fans that showed up to support them.

Also in 2016, Belgrade was essentially Nikola Jokic's world and we just lived in it. That was his introduction to the senior team. Manila in 2016 was also a stacked tournament. It saddens me to think that marked the end of Omer Asik's career with Türkiye. Had he remained healthy, he could have had a legendary career.


Carlan: The one thing that will always stick out to me in these tournaments with such high stakes is that being at home isn't always the advantage people perceive it to be. There are so many more off-court distractions and variables that you have to navigate through when you're at home. The visiting countries can come in and treat it like a business trip and lock in with the group they've traveled with. Don't believe me? In the last two rounds of men's OQTs (2016, 2020), the hosts are 1-for-7 in their attempts to qualify for the Olympic Games. Serbia was the only successful team to do so in front of their home crowd in 2016.

Shona: OQTs are about who is playing the best basketball at that moment, who is committed to play, what injuries are countries dealing with, everything is up in the air especially this far out.  Canada falling at home to the Czech Republic in 2020 sticks out to me. 

Mark: The last OQT just underlined what Luka was. A superstar. In a previous OQT, the pressure on Italy at home was huge and in the end, too much. It just demonstrates what an Olympic Games means. 

Liz: What is great about these OQTs is that there is always a team that surprises everyone. Favorites have succumbed and we've seen so many great stories over the years of teams defying the odds and qualifying. Expect the unexpected is my advice.

Mike: Something I witnessed first hand, Luka Doncic's domination at the last Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Kaunas, Lithuania. 

: Let's take a closer look at the groups and start with Piraeus.

Piraeus OQT: Group A - Slovenia, New Zealand, Croatia; Group B - Egypt, Greece, Dominican Republic

Jeff: Remember when Greece hosted the OQT in 2008 and Croatia, the Greeks and Germany claimed berths for Beijing? Those three teams were head and shoulders above the rest. But there is no such thing this time in Greece.  Who's winning?

Mike: I see Slovenia winning in Piraeus and making it back to the Olympics.  The most important question for them will be Luka's availability. At last summer's World Cup, he led the team to a seventh-place finish as the tournament’s top scorer at 27.0 points per game.  

Liz: Home court advantage counts but then so does chemistry and depth. Tough to call at this stage without final rosters but I'm giving Greece the slight edge at the moment due to home-court advantage.

Mark: Greece will deliver if they get their full roster on the floor. At home with the crowd passion should see them over the line.

Mike: Regarding Slovenia, no player in the world elevates his team more than Doncic, but this is far from a one-man show. We have seen center Mike Tobey, sharpshooter Klemen Prepelic, versatile wing Jaka Blazic and veteran guard Zoran Dragic all play key parts. The core will be improved this summer after missing key four men Vlatko Cancar and Edo Muric last summer due to injuries.

Carlan: Slovenia.

Shona: I think Slovenia will be going into this OQT as the favorites given their success the last few years. And well, they have Doncic... But Greece playing at home and hopefully with a full roster should be booking their ticket to Paris. 

Mike: Greece didn't have Antetokounmpo in Manila and finished 15th. The team competed and played hard but missed key pieces and athleticism. The team missed Giannis and ultimately fell short. Combine home court and the positive impulse from new coach Vassilis Spanoulis and anything can happen.

Jeff: The dark horse in Piraeus? I'm thinking Croatia. They may have needed to win a Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament just to remain in the hunt but this country always has a chance. Remember, they won berths to the Olympics at the OQTs in 2008 and 2016.

Assem Marei (left), Ehab Amin and Egypt have taken it to a higher level under coach Roy Rana

Carlan: Croatia. 

Liz: Egypt. This is a team most people will overlook but one that has quietly been building a solid foundation and going from strength to strength under Coach Roy Rana for the last two years. With explosive guards, solid wing defenders and versatile big men, they can cause several issues for any of the teams in this group.

Shona: The dark horse for me has to be the Dominican Republic. They have a very different style of play than what European teams are used to, which I think could cause some issues.

Mark: New Zealand are always a team to respect with a full roster, and their defense.

Jeff: Yeah, I have to admit New Zealand were missing key pieces this summer at the World Cup. I love the Tall Blacks and can even see them going on a run to France if they bolster the lineup with the Webster brothers and maybe Rob Loe. Also, I know Steve Adams is a proud New Zealander. Wouldn't it be a game changer if he played for his country?!

New Zealand, who faced the USA at the World Cup, never back down against any national team

Jeff: What will the Final be in Piraeus?

Shona: Slovenia vs Greece and I think it will be a classic. 

Mark: Croatia v Greece.

Liz: Slovenia v Greece. The semi-finals for this group will be the most competitive out of all four OQTs. I predict Slovenia and Croatia to cross over with Greece and the Dominican Republic in the semi-finals. Dominican Republic is the wild card – depending on their roster they could cause some major issues for European teams. However, the experience and chemistry of the European teams should also be heavily considered. The group (or OQT) of death no doubt!

Mike:  Slovenia v Greece. The clash between a Doncic-led Slovenia and a reloaded Greek team coached by "Kill Bill" has the potential for an instant classic. 

Carlan: Slovenia vs. Greece. Slovenia will win. 

Valencia OQT: Group A - Lebanon, Angola, Spain; Group B Finland, Poland, Bahamas

Jeff: Who's going to win the Valencia OQT. I'm picking Spain.

Carlan: Spain

Liz: With a wealth of experience and an exceptional coach in Sergio Scariolo at the helm, I don't see any team beating Spain, who are playing at home, to win this group.

Shona: Spain has to be the favorites, especially if Brown or Rubio are back. If they're not? I think with the Bahamas having a little more time to prepare and get used to playing with each other they could surprise a lot of teams. A core of experienced NBA talent along with a lot of guys who play in Europe, so I'm going to pick them upsetting Spain.

Mark: I would expect Spain to deal with the pressure of the expectation of playing at home. They have too much of everything: talent, experience, great leadership. Yet, when you think about it, their biggest challenge could come from the Bahamas if they get the Pre-Qualifying Tournament roster on the floor. Ok, let me go for the upset with the Bahamas if they have all on the roster. They upset Argentina in the Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament and now they'll upset Spain in Spain.

Lorenzo Brown's return would help take Spain to France and make them medal contenders

Mike: I see Spain protecting home court. After winning the 2019 World Cup and EuroBasket 2022, they slipped to ninth at this year's World Cup. Without Ricky Rubio or Lorenzo Brown, point guard play was an issue. Look for Spain to regroup and reassert themselves. For Scariolo, the biggest questions remain at point guard but Spain has possible answers to turn it into a strength.

Jeff: Mike, who poses the biggest threat to Spain?

Mike: Finland and Poland, two battle tested teams working to reshape their core. Finland were 21st at the World Cup yet made progress with the supporting cast around Lauri Markkanen, the third leading scorer at the event. Spain and Finland met in a fantastic EuroBasket game September 13, 2022, when with Spain outlasted Finland 100-90 despite 28 points and 11 rebounds from Markkanen. Could we see a rematch in Valencia?

Jeff: And Poland?

Mike: Ponitka plays with tremendous heart and pride. Big man Olek Balcerowski continues to grow into a leading role. The two teams also split their encounters during the EuroBasket 2022 Qualifications.

Jeff: Who is the dark horse in Valencia?

Carlan: I think fans will be surprised to see the Bahamas compete in Spain. They left the pre-OQTs with a lot of momentum and their win against Argentina in Argentina says a lot about their confidence and belief that they can beat anyone anywhere on the planet.

Liz: Poland. They had an amazing EuroBasket run in 2022 and went on to win their pre-Olympic qualification group. I see them being able to cause some upsets along the way.

Mark: I'm not sure if any team is truly a dark horse because each on its day can build momentum. In Valencia, I'll say Poland. With Jeremy Sochan on the team, they could beat anyone.

Just imagine the potential impact of San Antonio's Jeremy Sochan on Poland's OQT chances

Mike: It could be the Bahamas. After beating Argentina twice, they took one step closer to the basketball version of Cool Runnings. Like the Jamaican Bobsled team in the classic movie, Bahamas pursue their Olympic dream and have the talent to make it happen. Golden State Warriors assistant Chris DeMarco has been at the helm since 2019. Gordon had 27 points, including two big step back three-pointers, in the last minutes of the Final against Argentina of the Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and Ayton grabbed an impressive 21 rebounds. Valencia will be bigger challenge for them, however.

Jeff: Pick the final.

Carlan: Spain v Poland.

Liz: Spain v Finland. I'd be shocked if this wasn't the case, but we shouldn't discount an experienced Poland and a rising team in the Bahamas.

Mark: Spain v Bahamas.

Shona: I have to go with Spain vs Bahamas. Let's not forget the Bahamas came up with a huge win over Argentina in Argentina to qualify for the OQT. Yes, I know it wasn't the same roster as they had back in 2019 but still. They have a solid core of NBA players who know how to play and win in hostile environments. This Bahamas team could be the shock of the OQTs.

 Jeff: Mark, Shona, if that happens, WHAT A STORY! BAHAMAS?!

Mike: Spain v Poland.


Riga OQT: Group A - Georgia, Philippines, Latvia; Group B - Brazil, Cameroon, Montenegro

Jeff: Is it going to be a straightforward clinch for Latvia at home, or might Montenegro spring an upset, or might Georgia build on their first World Cup experience? Or could Brazil put it all together? Brazil have talent and experience and are definitely dangerous. Caboclo, Yago, Georginho, Lucas Dias. And I love the coach, Gustavo Conti. I've been waiting forever on Brazil, waiting for them to put it all together and win something so I think this could be it. 

Carlan: Latvia.

Liz: After an amazing World Cup run, and with the return of numerous players, including Kristaps Porzingis, who is currently having a great start to the NBA season with Boston, I see Latvia clinching the qualification spot in the group.

Mark: Latvia will build on the momentum from World Cup. A fully healthy roster with their team mentality should give them the edge over Brazil.

No one should bet against Andrejs Grazulis and Latvia after their performance at the World Cup

Shona: I had the great pleasure of watching Latvia play in Jakarta and I think with what I imagine will be a sold-out crowd of Latvian fans no way this team isn't going to be heading to Paris. Young players stepped up last summer as well as veterans leading the way for their wonderful run at the World Cup. Coach Luca Banchi has done an amazing job with this team and the players have all bought into the style of play he wants them to run. 

Mike: On the one hand, I would not be surprised if Latvia writes the next chapter of their storybook script, after their fifth-place finish at the World Cup, and win this OQT. Luca Banchi's players showed excellent teamwork and high percentage three-point shooting in Jakarta and Manila. They lost Porzingis to injury before the World Cup, and lost Dairis Bertans to injury during it, yet point guard Arturs Zagars burst onto the scene, Davis Bertans buried big shots, Rodions Kurucs did the dirty work. Also, Brazil will be ready to make a run of their own at the OQT. Physical big man Bruno Caboclo and explosive young guard Yago dos Santos are key players to watch. But the team I'm going to pick is Montenegro. With NBA star center Nikola Vucevic, guards Kendrick Perry and Nikola Ivanovic and head Coach Bosko Radovic, this can be a very difficult team to beat. They also really played well at the World Cup and gave the USA a very tough tough game.

Jeff: Who is the dark horse in Riga?

Carlan: Montenegro.

Liz: Brazil. This is a team with a great mix of young talent and veterans. They had some big wins at the FIBA World Cup this year and I expect them to carry those lessons into these qualifiers. I also think, with their dynamic style of play, they could upset some of the more tradition/slow paced European teams.

Mark: Montenegro have a way to beat everyone there, but can they do that over the entire tournament? It's a short event, so this gives them the chance to do it.

Mike: I think because most people will be picking Latvia, you can view Montenegro as a dark horse. They can be very tough to beat. Vucevic was one of the best players at the World Cup.

Shona: Brazil. I think they showed this past summer that they can play with anyone. Don't forget they beat Canada with some great coaching tactics from coach Gustavo Conti. If his team can execute his game plan, I think they have a chance to beat anyone. 

Jeff: What will the Final be?

Carlan: Latvia vs. Brazil.

Liz: Latvia v Montenegro. Brazil has the potential to beat Montenegro, so I won't completely discount them from being up against Latvia in the final.

By upsetting Canada at the World Cup, Brazil proved they can beat any team on their day

Mark: Brazil v Latvia.

Mike: Latvia v Brazil.

Shona: Latvia vs Brazil.


San Juan OQT: Group A - Mexico, Cote d'Ivoire, Lithuania; Group B - Italy, Puerto Rico, Bahrain

Jeff: San Juan will be buzzing no matter what, but especially if Jose "Grand Theft" Alvarado plays for the Boricuas. I'll take Puerto Rico to win it. Carlan?

Carlan: I'm not sure many people saw Italy coming in Belgrade in 2020. I'm not sure people will see them coming again in San Juan. Simone Fontecchio proved himself to be an absolute star on that stage and has given the Italians a true go-to player in world tournaments. It wasn't a fluke either as he followed it up with a stellar performance at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Simply put, Fontecchio can score with the best of them. That major piece at the center of the puzzle allows everyone else to find a productive role around him. With coach Gianmarco Pozzecco scheming ways to win, I think Italy will have an easier time than Lithuania to make adjustments on the fly and find different ways to win when the chips are on the line. Word to the wise, don't stand anywhere near coach Pozzecco in San Juan — when the Italians win, you're in danger of catching an elbow, knee or fist while he celebrates. 

 Liz: Lithuania can continue to build on a great World Cup campaign and with the return of (Domas) Sabonis, I see them winning this group.

Look for Lithuania to take a step up when Domantas Sabonis plays again

Mark: Lithuania fell at home last time to Slovenia and now I see them having to overcome an Italy team that has the experience and can control tempo. Lithuania will still have their fans, who travel everywhere. But Italy controlling tempo will frustrate Lithuania. These Italy players, also not long ago, won the Belgrade OQT over Serbia to get to the Tokyo Olympics so they will be confident.

Shona: I'm conflicted here. I can't see Lithuania missing out on another Olympics. They stumbled a little back at Eurobasket 2022 but they also lost to some very good teams in that tournament and that was a great learning experience for them. Oh, also I expect Sabonis to be back playing for them. But Puerto Rico are better, or potentially better, than a lot of people think, especially if Alvarado plays. And they will be at home! This is a team that can get on a roll. So, I'll go against the popular choice of Lithuania and pick Puerto Rico. 

Mike: Lithuania!  Why? They had an excellent World Cup in Manila, powering through the early stages and then a historic upset of the United States, 110-104, after drilling 14 of 25 threes (56%). The sixth-place finish was an accomplishment but extreme Lithuania fans felt like there was an opportunity for more.

Jeff: Lithuania travels well at OQTs.  They impressed in Caracas in 2012, claiming one of three berths for London, yet those were different players. Italy? Meh. I miss Meo Sacchetti at the helm of the Azzurri. I can't pick Italy, not after they got walloped 100-63 in the Quarter-Finals by an average USA team at the World Cup. My heart says Puerto Rico, but my head says Lithuania. Mike, do you like Lithuania because of what they showed at the World Cup?

Mike: In Manila, they had a settled roster, restructured around center Jonas Valanciunas (14.8 points, 8.8 rebounds per game). Jokubaitas (12.6 points, 5.8 assists per game) excelled at the point. Tomas Dimsa, Eimantas Bendzius and Vaidas Kariniauskas provided shooting. Ignas Brazdeikis gave the team versatility and playmaking. Mindaugas Kuzminskas made big plays and hit big shots while Tadas Sedekerskis was the defensive stopper. Donatas Montejunas complemented the front court well. In all, head coach Kazys Maksvytis and staff did an excellent job and will be both focused and ready.

Jeff: What might give Lithuania problems?

Mike: Lithuania's toughest challenges will come from Puerto Rico and an experienced Mexico. The physicality and athleticism associated with the Americas will be on full display. Puerto Rico have an athletic big man in Ismael Romero (11.4 points, 7.4 rebounds per game at the World Cup), who runs the floor in transition and crashes the offensive boards. Tremont Waters provides scoring punch (20 points, 9 assists at the World Cup) while Jordan Howard provides playmaking. 

Jeff: The dark horse in San Juan?

Carlan: Italy.

Shona: Every game Puerto Rico plays will be sold out and I can see homecourt advantage paying off for them.

Liz: Puerto Rico. After a solid performance at the FIBA World Cup, combined with their previous experience at this level I see this as a team not to overlook. Like Brazil, their playing style can cause issues for European teams, so I would not be shocked to see them get a surprise win during the tournament. 

Will the Puerto Rico fans see Jose Alvarado in action again?

Mike: If a host can be a dark horse, then Puerto Rico is it as they will put everything they have into this summer. 

Jeff: I guess I'll go with Italy because they did have success in 2021, and they did reach the Final in 2016. And they will have the talent.

Jeff: The Final in San Juan will have which two teams? I'll go with Puerto Rico v Lithuania. And if Puerto Rico wins, I'm hoping Carlos Arroyo goes all-out reggaeton and gets the crowd singing and dancing.

Carlan: Lithuania v Italy.

Liz: Italy v Lithuania. Probably the easiest group to predict but if we go by history then we're in for a surprise no doubt.

Mark: Lithuania v Italy.

Mike: Puerto Rico v Lithuania.

Shona: The big decider will be Puerto Rico vs Italy on Game Day Two... Ok, I'm going to stick with my guns and say homecourt will be the deciding factor and go with Puerto Rico vs Lithuania.

*The Experts opinions are entirely subjective and are in no way an official FIBA statement. All comments are purely those of the authors.