After facing a good team in Turkey, Canada must now face one of the top FIBA teams in the world in France. They look to go out on a high note and finish with a 2-1 record in pool play. This game is also pivotal in deciding who Canada will face in the quarterfinals and could decide their fate.
France is one of the top FIBA teams in the world for a reason. They have a stellar point guard in Celine Dumerc who is one of the most famous French and internationally known stars as well as a great power forward in Sandrine Gruda. They also get great contributions from the other members of the French team. Although France was overtaken by Turkey, there is no doubt that they are still one of the favorites to make it far in the tournament. Canada has struggled to score at times in this tournament and could be in trouble if they struggle again. They have yet to hit their stride and beating France would be a huge step in the right direction.
With a lot on the line for both teams, it is essentially a must watch game. The game will be televised live at 2:15 pm EST on NBATV Canada, ESPN3 and online through the FIBA's website. For Canadian viewers who won't be able to watch the game live, they can watch it on tape delay at 8 pm EST on Sportsnet 1.