FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2016: Italy vs Croatia Live Stream, Preview, Replay, Match Highlights
Italy will look to make it two-in-a-row when they take on the debuting Croatia in Day 2 of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Tuesday in Serbia. Serbia and Croatia are two of the teams favored to get the lone ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics.Advertisement
Azzurri Go for Preliminary Round Sweep
Host Italy will try to sweep their two-game preliminary round assignment to end up as the top seed in Group B of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Serbia. The Azzurri kicked off their campaign on a high note, cruising to a 68-41 victory over FIBA Africa squad Tunisia.
NBA veteran Andrea Bargnani, who scored 15 points against Tunisia, will once again lead Italy’s charge. Marco Belinelli and Danilo Gallinari are also expected to have a fair share of the spotlight after finishing with 11 and six points, respectively, in their tournament opener.
Croatia Aiming to Frustrate Home Crowd
Meanwhile, Croatia will try to play the spoilers’ role in their 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament debut against the host country. The European squad knows they are a heavy underdog against the Azzurri, but they remain capable of pulling off a shocker on Tuesday.
International basketball veteran Bojan Bogdanovic, who averaged 10.8 points and 3.4 rebounds when they finished ninth place in the 2015 EuroBasket, will be the man-to-watch for Serbia. Luka Babic, Mario Hezonja, Dario Saric and Roko Ucic are also tipped to have productive tournament for Croatia.
A victory against Italy will put them in a good position to top Group B. If they lose, they will need to win against Tunisia in their group match on Wednesday. The top two teams in Group B will be paired against the top two teams in Group A, which is composed of Greece, Iran and Mexico.
The Italy-Croatia match is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET. Fans can catch the action through online streaming via Live Basketball TV. Match highlights and replay will be available on FIBA’s YouTube page.