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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'm not sure what's so funny about those comments, Sac. I don't think anyone expected us to play this poorly. Yes, we've had made injury problems, but that's still no excuse.
SO Estonians whooped our ass first at football now at basketball, our nation supposed two most popular sports? I guess tennis is next..

Save to say Holland get's relegated to #2 as our boogie team. :coffee:

I'd be all for the USSR reforming...:D
I'm not sure what's so funny about those comments, Sac. I don't think anyone expected us to play this poorly. Yes, we've had made injury problems, but that's still no excuse.
My bad, I didn't mean to click on howler, I missed the eek one. :D
Per FIBA's page, all we have to do is win.

Israel: They are virtually assured of a second- or third-place finish unless they lose by what is an almost impossible margin (> 89 points) in Belgrade. Israel will finish second in the group if they defat Serbia or lose by less than 19 points in case Estonia defeat Iceland, or by less than 13 points in case Estonia lose their game.

Serbia: If they defeat Israel they are through, without having to wait for other results. If they lose and Estonia win, then the Serbians will finish fourth. If both Serbia and Estonia lose, Serbia will be third but on a 5-5 record (1.0 W/L percentage) their fate will be decided by the calculators and their goal average (points scored/points conceded) in relation to third-place teams in other groups.

Estonia: They need to defeat Iceland and then hope that Israel makes them a present by winning in Belgrade, in which case Estonia will claim third place in Group A with a 6-4 record, enough to book their ticket to Slovenia. The unlikely Serbian victory over Israel by a margin larger than 89 points would also see them through as third.
I'm so angry with this team right now - I don't think they deserve to qualify. But it seems that any type of win will get us through, at minimum through the third place. Taking this disastrous campaign into consideration, it's incredible that all we need is a home win to go through...However, I can see this team lose to Israel again without a problem either.
If we qualify, Duda needs to swallow his pride and talk to Darko. This just isn't working.

With Darko and a healthy Novica we'd be a totally different team. But it's not going to happen..:(
Aren't we missing Markovic too? He and Novica are the players with most fighting-spirit in this team, but I don't know if their absence is the reason for the embarrassing results during these weeks.

Why isn't Raduljica Krstic's back-up? Or doesn't he want to play for the NT?
Today we´re playing the decider against Israel. The game starts at 20:30.
51-31 HT.
Good result so far. :thumbsup:
Boys letting up near end of third...61-45. Were up by 24 at one point. Reminder, if we win by 19+ we're second in the group.
Again we let up - 65-52. Not easy at all anymore. 7 mins to go...
Tepic and Bjelica back to back threes...up by 19. Lets go boys!
7-0 run by Israel...71-59. Wow...
73-62...11 point lead with 3 mins to go. Can't believe they're throwing away a 24 point lead at home.
In the end, israel finish 2nd and Serbia 3rd. its good, 2 important NTs for the eurobasket..
What's the difference between 2nd and 3rd anyways - iirc the FIBA ranking is what matters anyways in the Euro draw, no?
Let's just hopefully qualify, forget this and get Novica and Darko back on board.
83-67 final. Rasic missed a three at the end to put us into second...we'll finish 3rd and truthfully don't deserve much more. It's a shame not for the standings but for the play...because they have flashes of brilliance. Absolutely dominated Israel in the first half today but then they let up like in every other match...oh well, we're through which is what matters. But this team has some serious issues to work on in the next year.
We're through and we can breathe a sigh of relief.

We now need to work hard to sort ourselves for next summer.

Apparently we struggled in the 95 qualifiers and needed a win vs Bulgaria to go through? That one worked out well! :D
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.
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