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    Quote Originally Posted by Mindozas View Post
    I saw chances for Ivory Coast to win tonight, especially this round bein' held in Abidjan, but demolishing Nigeria that big is a huge surprise. Big step towards World Cup for Ivory Coast, that big margin will help them a lot in case to overcome Cameroon. I bet they'll win easily vs Rwanda and Mali too. Only obstacle - CAR winning against Nigeria tomorrow
    39 points is still a lot, though it's now believable they can do it. It would be tragic though if CAR won out and Ivory Coast had a better Point differential than Cameroon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dtown View Post
    It would be tragic though if CAR won out and Ivory Coast had a better Point differential than Cameroon.
    LOL, that would be a great illustration of how dumb the "best third place team" qualifier is. Playing the groups at different times, where the teams in the second group know exactly how many points they need, is a nice touch.
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    CAR lost to Nigeria and are thus eliminated. Now it's just down to can Cote D'Ivorie wrack up enough points.

    edit: Cote D'Ivorie wins 87-60 turning what was supposed to be near impossible and making it look entirely doable. They need to beat Mali by 13 points or more to qualify and eliminate Cameroon.
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    I'm rooting for Cameroon, they has potential to bring much more interesting team. But in reality, it's really hard to expect Ivory Coast fail to beat weak Mali by at least 13pts. It'd be huge upset if that would happen

    Also watched today Nigeria vs CAR, it was good to see Romain Sato back in action. He still has great passion for the game after missing almost two years of basketball, but Nigeria was simply too good, even not playin' their best basketball


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    Quote Originally Posted by JGX View Post
    LOL, that would be a great illustration of how dumb the "best third place team" qualifier is. Playing the groups at different times, where the teams in the second group know exactly how many points they need, is a nice touch.
    Here's something novel: why not have the third place team in each bracket have a play-in game for the fifth and final spot? Imagine that.

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    Cote D'ivoire makes it official, really once they blew out Nigeria it would have been more shocking if they didn't seal the deal. Feel bad for Cameroon, but the rules are the rules.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dtown View Post
    Cote D'ivoire makes it official, really once they blew out Nigeria it would have been more shocking if they didn't seal the deal. Feel bad for Cameroon, but the rules are the rules.
    Cameroon got played big time. Cameroon played way back in December, which allowed Ivory Coast to know well in advance what they needed to do to qualify. To compound the problem, Cameroon had two tougher opponents to fight through at a neutral site where as Ivory Coast played relatively easier opponents in Rwanda and Mali at home. That's weak.

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