Preview by Jeff Taylor
|The gravity of the situation Serbia find themselves in is clear to Stefan Markovic: 'We have to give everything in this game, all that we have learned we have to put it on the court,' says the point guard |
GROUP E - SUNDAY AT 15:30 (14:30 CET)
Both Serbia and Turkey will be thinking the same thing ahead of their Second Round clash at the EuroBasket on Sunday.
A win would guarantee passage to the Quarter-Finals and keep medal hopes alive.
A loss would be devastating for two proud basketball nations because not only would there be no podium finish in Kaunas, but also no chance of reaching the London Games.
Serbia, the silver-medal winners of two years ago in Poland, began EuroBasket 2011 on fire, winning four straight games in Group B.
But consecutive defeats to France, Lithuania and Spain have left them on the edge of elimination.
Turkey, who beat Serbia in the Semi-Finals of last year's FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, have already danced with the devil and survived.
New coach Orhun Ene watched in shock as his players were upset by Poland in Group A.
He then breathed a sigh of relief as Great Britain defeated the Poles on the last day of Group A to let Turkey progress to the Second Round instead of Poland.
Turkey go into the game against Serbia after back-to-back defeats to France and Germany.
"We have no other chance but to beat Serbia," said Turkey coach Ene.
"They are very good team and it will be a very difficult game as they also will be fighting to go through to the last eight.
"We have one day to prepare for it and we will give our best."
Head-to-Head: Turkey beat Serbia 83-82 in the Semi-Finals of the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Turkey overcame Serbia 69-64 at EuroBasket 2009 - their only meeting in the competition.
Last Time Out: Serbia fell 84-59 to Spain on Friday while Turkey lost 73-67 to Germany.
Key Match-Up: Milos Teodosic of Serbia v Ender Arslan of Turkey
Key Stat: Turkey were 10 of 22 (45%) from the free-throw line against Germany.
X-Factor: Marko Keselj of Serbia can help off-set Turkey's size advantage with his three-point shooting.
Sounding Off: "We have to give everything against Turkey. It's our last chance to make it to the Quarter-Finals. We have to give everything in this game, all that we have learned we have to put it on the court," says Serbia's Stefan Markovic.