Carlos Delfino and Ersan Ilyasova will both be looking to stay unbeaten on day two of FIBA World Championships group play. Turkey and Argentina were both winners yesterday--Turkey in much more convincing fashion--with the two Bucks playing starring roles for their respective squads. Delfino scored a game-high 27 on 18 shots while adding eight rebounds without a turnover or foul, while Ilyasova piled up a tidy 17 points and eight boards in just 21 minutes.
Turkey vs. Russia, 1 pm CT, ESPN3
Turkey dismantled an overmatched Cote d'Ivoire yesterday, with Ersan doing most of his damage in the first and (stat-padding) fourth quarters. They get a stiffer test today against Russia, which handled a solid Puerto Rican team 75-66 on day one. Russia is without Andrei Kirilenko, but former first round pick and NBA flameout Sergei Monya scored 16 while guard Anton Ponkrashov had one of the more unconventional double-doubles you'll find. He missed five threes without a make, didn't attempt a two pointer, and made all 10 of his free throws to go with 11 assists.
Argentina vs. Australia, 1:30 pm CT, ESPN3
Alas, Andrew Bogut's absence means we're denied a matchup of current Bucks, though the Boomers did manage to squeak out a nervous 76-75 win over Jordan yesterday. Big men Aleks Maric (23 pts, 9 rebs) and David Andersen (22 pts, 9 rebs) compensated rather nicely for Bogut's absence, though they'll need more from guys like Patty Mills and Brad Newley to slay the Argentine giants. I recall Scola dominating the Aussies in previous international matchups, so it will be interesting to watch whether the Australians can find an answer for him this time around.