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We always seem to have a thread for our b-ball NT heading towards major tournaments and with Duda picking his squad for the qualifiers this summer, I figured it was time for the next one.

First off the squad..

bekovi: Miloš Teodosić (CSKA Moskva), Stefan Marković (Valensija), Milenko Tepić (Kahasol), Aleksandar Rašić (Lijetuvos Ritas), Nemanja Jaramaz (Partizan mt:s), Nemanja Nedović (Crvena zvezda Diva) Danilo Anđušić (Partizan mt:s);

krila: Ivan Paunić (Virtus Bolonja), Mladen Jeremić (Hemofarm), Marko Kešelj (Olimpijakos), Andreja Milutinović (Crvena zvezda Diva), Nemanja Bjelica (Kaha Laboral), Vladimir Lučić (Partizan mt:s), Novica Veličković (Real Madrid), Duško Savanović (Anadolu Efes), Zoran Erceg (Bešiktaš), Milan Mačvan (Makabi/Partizan mt:s), Dragan Labović (Krasnije Krilja);

centri: Nenad Krstić (CSKA Moskva), Kosta Perović (Barselona), Milovan Raković (Žalgiris), Miroslav Raduljica (Anadolu Efes/Partizan mt:s), Dejan Musli (Kaha Laboral), Mile Ilić (Crvena zvezda Diva).

Secondly our schedule..

15/8 Iceland - Serbia
18/8 Serbia - Montenegro
21/8 Slovakia - Serbia
24/8 Serbia - Estonia
27/8 Israel - Serbia
30/8 Serbia - Iceland
2/9 Montenegro - Serbia
5/9 Serbia - Slovakia
8/9 Estonia - Serbia
11/9 Serbia - Israel

Nice schedule, good chance to see some b-ball during the summer for those of us who will be there. :thumbsup:

Top 2 qualify as well as the 4 best third placed teams.

Now give us your full analysis DZ and other experts. :D I see a fair number of younger players there like Nedovic, Musli, Andjusic, Jaramaz, Milutinovic, Lucic. Also slightly older newcomers in Dabovic and Jeremic.

Who's missing from the list except for guys like Milicic?

Novica btw very important for Real towards the end of the season. Good news for our NT as last year we missed him a lot.
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I blame the red shirts, they have taken away our aura :moan:
-8 :howler:
And we have to win by more than 13 against Israel to have a better head to head against them.

Boris, I believe medjusobni rezultat.
Not only does Israel have +42, they are leading by 23 against Slovakia at the moment. Things are looking grim for us.
Ah, my bad, thanks for correcting me. Though having to beat them, with this squad, by more than 24 seems daunting enough as it is.

If Serbia beat Estonia on Saturday, they will secure third place at minimum, yet if one of Sweden, Belgium or Turkey does not lose on the same day, it would remain to be seen if Serbia's win/loss percentage would be good enough to qualify as that depends on other groups.
If Dusan Ivkovic's team then also beat Israel in the last game, they would finish second and qualify automatically.
If Serbia were to fall to Estonia, but by less than 25 points, they would need to beat Israel by 13 or more points on the last day to finish second.
Worst case scenario: Serbia to lose to Estonia by more than 25 and for Israel to beat Slovakia and Estonia to also overcome Iceland. They would then need to beat Israel by 13 or more to finish third and hope for the best, otherwise the Blues would finish fourth.´
Today we´re playing the decider against Israel. The game starts at 20:30.
At least we have a year to sort out our problems. To miss out on not just the EC, but the WC in two years as well could have been fatal for our basketball in the short to medium term.
Bjelica has indeed been tearing it up at Caja Laboral lately. Hope Tripko manages to come back, though it might be too late for that. We lack long-distance shooters next to Keselj and arguably Andjusic.
So frustrating to see Zvezda shoot herself in the foot again with Nedovic :(
Clubs don´t feel confident hiring him with all his injuries and whatnot. Hope he returns to Partizan, say about Vujosevic what you will, but he´s a good coach and could very well help Novica get back to his level.
Gagic is from Benkovac.
Great game from our young team, defense was on a very high level. Krle-Nedovic-Bjelica are going to be pivotal for us this tournament, let's hope Bogdanovic, Andjusic and Katic find their groove. Markovic is underrated, he does so much work which hardly gets noticed. Kalinic especially and Micic as well were a bit nervous, but they should get past that sooner rather than later. Still, I am quite confused: how were our players able to give it everything they got, when most of them weren't singing the anthem prior to the match?
Bosnians are leading by 6 atm, they are close to knocking out Lithuania :eek:

Duda has already said he´ll play the reserves today, expect Gagic, Kalinic, mali Krstic and Andjusic to play a lot of minutes.

Israel is losing against Germany, which would mean we get the Belgians, which I would like, since the Israelis are a team we often struggle with.
Momci, vrijeme je da nakantamo one spanske balerine. Ako se vec zele bacati na pod, ajmo da im damo dobar razlog za to :D
Ako zabare ne mozemo dobiti kada i njima fale najbolji igraci, onda i nemamo sta traziti na svjetsko prvenstvo.
The game of the year just started, idemo nasi!
Duda is a manager we have been lucky to have all these years. All the best to him, he deserves all the accolades he gets.

While Sale was a great player, I do not have enough faith in his coaching capabilities to have him be the manager of the NT. I'd prefer Kokoskov or Sasa Obradovic myself, perhaps with Milojevic as assistent.
Braduljica was impressive.
Well, let's hope he shows his mettle, because I'm afraid Krstic won't be able to play that many minutes. Seems bringing 4 centres was a good thing after all :D
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