Undefeated and humming on both sides of the floor, the United States looks to defend its FIBA World Cup title against Serbia on Sunday. The U.S. crushed all comers during the group states and elimination rounds en route to a second straight final, while the Serbs finished off upstart France 90-85 to reach their first FIBA championship game.
The U.S. is in line to win consecutive FIBA titles for the first time, even with a squad lacking many of the NBA’s superstars and much international experience. Guard James Harden leads the team in scoring with 13.1 points per game in eight starts, one of six players to average double-digits throughout the tournament.
Kyrie Irving is tops in assists with 3.5 per game, and center Anthony Davis has dominated some of the world’s best big men with 13.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.
Serbia guard Milos Teodosic lit up France for 24 points to propel his country to the final, leading the team with 14.0 points and 4.1 assists per game. Teodosic and Bogd Bogdanovic are also shooting better than 40 percent from three-point range.
It’s a rather big surprise that Serbia made it this far. They went 2-3 in their group and barely made it into the tournament at all, finishing seventh in the European qualifier last year.
Start Time: 3 p.m. EST
TV Channel: ESPN2
Live Online Stream: A live stream is available at Watch ESPN here.
Prediction: USA 97-70