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Finland's coach believes the victory today over Ukraine proves that his team deserved the wild card into the Basketball World Cup.
Finland press conference ends with announcement team going to meet fans in plaza party. Slightly different ending than Pop's pressers.
Finland hangs on for its first Basketball World Cup win, beats Ukraine 81-76.
Mike Fratello's top assistant with Ukraine is Bob Hill, the former Knicks, Spurs, Pacers and Sonics coach.
Impressive flop by Finland, whose uniforms are the same colors as Duke's. Just saying.
Ukraine gets the final 13 of the third to cut Finland's lead to 57-52. Got a lot quieter in here the last three minutes.
Finland now up 18 in the third and has scored 57 points, now surpassing last night's total against the USA.
Finland up 13 in 3rd quarter over Ukraine and it's LOOUDDD in here. They hold on to win, I'm skipping USA game and going to their parties.
And all of it happened in 1 second of game time. Bottom line, Ukraine still up 2 over Finland at the half.
Ah, classic FIBA game. Refs miss Ukraine travel, should've ended half them up 2. 10 mins, 2 weird moments later, each team scored again.
This Sean Payton quote on Champ Bailey is a bit ominous: http://t.co/K6GwQ4qF3R
Finland looking pretty good today with room to dribble and shoot. Up 12-4 early on Ukraine.
Arena showing highlight from Finland's game Sat. Picked one where USA missed 2 shots on the same possession. Maybe that was the high point.
Thank God for today
The far scoreboard has now corrected itself to 29 points, so Garcia gets the win but loses his 30-point performance.
Big night for Francisco Garcia, who had either 31 or 29 points, depending on which scoreboard you believe in the arena.
Dominican Republic just called a timeout up 13 with 10 seconds left. New Zealand doesn't look thrilled.
But, while impressed by USA, is still picking Spain, saying their more seasoned guys will figure out how to handle the Americans.
Said the way Davis played sounded like the way Hanno Mottola had described trying to face Garnett back in the early 2000s.
Interesting talking to a Finnish journalist today about how they'd never seen anyone like Anthony Davis before. Was on another level.
Sorry for the mis stake. Princess Cujo looks ready to do....etc
Talk that Talk Kanye.....Walk that Walk
Charlie Partridge said he thinks Jaqeuz Johnson & D'Joun Smith (both left shoulder) could play next week against Alabama.
A kind of stat you don't see in every box score. Biggest lead: Finland 2, USA 62.
Federer vs. Granollers last match on Ashe on Sunday day card. As I reported today, Federer playing MSG in that annual DNP Paribas in March
Nebraska scores again to go up 38-7. Also, FAU's D'Joun Smith injured his left shoulder on that drive.
Gotta be an awful feeling. Finland player admits during second quarter they were talking on the bench about when was last they'd scored.
Halftime: Nebraska 31, FAU 7.
Greg Hankerson is still on the field at QB for FAU.
Nebraska has scored on each of its drive this first half. Cornhuskers now lead the Owls 31-7.
FAU trainers appear to be looking at Jaquez Johnson's left arm or shoulder.
Not good for FAU. Jaquez Johnson leaves the field here after taking a 4-yard loss. Backup Greg Hankerson enters the game.
Nebraska scores quickly on a 47-yard TD run by Ameer Abdullah to go up 24-7. Abdullah has 152 yards on 14 carries.
Greg Joseph's 45-yard FG attempt is wide right. Nebraska takes over leading 17-7.
The nightmare is over. Finland basket ends 0 for 19 stretch that started in second quarter. Can stop charting now.
Finland in the second quarter: 0 for 17 from the field, 0 for 6 from 3-point range, but a solid 2 of 2 at the line.
Can't remember which USA player committed the foul that cost them a 0-point quarter, but bet Thibodeau is chewing him out as we speak.
Well, Finland made two really nice free throws in the second quarter. Nothing more. USA 60, Finland 18 at halftime.
What's concerning is that Nebraska scored twice amid plenty of penalties. FAU's secondary has also not provided tight coverage.
Tommy Armstrong had plenty of time to make that throw. He connects with Jordan Westerkamp for a 36-yard TD. Nebraska leads FAU, 14-7.
USA has a 22-2 second quarter going through about 6 1/2 minutes. Finland with just two free throws.
A really nice response from FAU. Jaquez Johnson finds Lucky Whitehead for a 20-yard TD pass. We're tried, 7-7.
Well, the Owls have been creative on this 1st drive. A lot of motion & different formations.
Final score of fan 3-point shooting contest for a watch between quarters 0-0. Booing would be unreal at MSG if that happened.
Nebraska converts 2 third downs to score on its opening drive. Tommy Armstrong's 5-yard run gives the Cornhuskers a 7-0 lead.
Finland runs some nice stuff. Just not getting much space and don't have enough size at any spot to get a good shot over a USA defender.
The guy who has Finland's only two baskets picked up 3 fouls and had to sit after barely 2 minutes. That'll be tough to overcome.
Here in Lincoln, Neb. for FAU's season opener against Nebraska. This will be Charlie Partridge's 1st game as a head coach.
Outside of when Yao returned for the Olympic opener in Beijing, Finland providing the loudest cheer I can remember for the layup line.
Don't ask why - but flipped channels and found North Dakota State football vs. Iowa State. NDSU QB Carson Weinz is my sleeper 2016 FA QB.
Made in America
Cool scene at subway stop outside arena where US-Finland play later. Every few minutes, dozens more fans in Finland blue and white emerge.
I still remember being on the field as a reporter that day when Michigan lost to Appalachian State. Never seen anything like that since.
Stone Cold Steve Austin is on College Gameday. Ok bye.
Turkey wins 76-73 over New Zealand team that seemed to have game in control. Jumpers weren't falling down the stretch.
New Zealand unraveling down the stretch, poorly timed tech on the coach, as Turkey goes up 3 with 3:11 to go.
But if they take it easy early and build to the finish, as they did in London, I do believe Spain can beat the Americans in the final.
Spain's group is tough. If they go all out, risk wearing themselves out before getting a U.S. team that should waltz to Madrid untouched.
As World Cup opens, key question to me is whether Spain will ease its way through group, or feel pressure at home to win them all?
New Zealand and Turkey not lighting it up. New Zealand up 17-8 after one. Only real action so far was Tall Blacks dance before the tip.
Thank God for today
Blatche finished with 28 and 12 as Croatia beat Philippines 81-78 in OT. Would've been a great 1st-round pick for your FIBA fantasy draft.