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FIBA World Cup Final: U.S. vs. Serbia

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The last two teams standing battle for the title as the United States looks to finish things off in style against a tough Serbian team.

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

U.S. vs. Serbia
2:00 pm CDT
ESPN2

The United States, thought in some quarters to be vulnerable in this tournament with several major stars absent, have instead rolled over all comers, beating all eight of their opponents by over 20 points. It hasn't always been pretty, as their half-court offense has stagnated at times, but their dominance on the glass, ability to force turnovers, and devastating transition game have been more than enough to reach the final without any problems.

Kenneth Fareid has been among the surprise stars for the U.S., scoring 12.5 a game and pounding the glass relentlessly. He actually leads the team in efficiency ranking (a composite European stat). Klay Thompson and Steph Curry are both over 40% from three, while the U.S. has so far managed to run everyone out of the building.

Serbia, which looked poor in the group stage, going only 2-3,  is led by the fantastic Milos Teodosic, who is having a brilliant tournament. He's shooting 55% from the field, scoring 14 a game, and basically shredding all comers on the pick and roll. He's been one of Europe's best point guards for several years now, and is finally getting attention in the U.S. NBA teams have inquired in the past, but he's never really been interested. That won't change, so watch him when you can.

Wolves fans can watch Nemanja Bjelica, who, despite having a terrible time shooting threes in this tournament, is leading the Serbs in minutes, rebounds, and scoring 11 a game.  Other players to watch are center Miroslav Raduljica, who was recently cut by the Clippers after being traded from the Bucks, and is scoring very effectively at the World Cup, and Bogdan Bogdanovic, who along with Teodosic is their main threat from beyond the arc.