China and Australia are ready to rumble in the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup 2022 to reach the podium. Both teams had a history of playing high-intensity games with Australia having its share of bitter memories. The matchup in Tokyo Olympics in particular was a heartbreaker when Australia lost the game with 0.6 seconds remaining on the clock, thanks to the foul call made by the officials. Moreover, back in 1994, the Opals suffered heartbreak from China by losing the semifinals at home by a mere single point.
So, the past might haunt the Opals a bit and may have a psychological impact. However, the Opals are in decent form and in a position to give a strong fight to high-flying China. Both teams are coming into the game with a similar record of five wins and one loss so far. So, the matchup is even stevens and both teams will go head over heels to win today’s game. Australia lost its sole game to France, while China lost to the red hot favorites of the world cup, the USA.
Australia and China Head to Head
The head-to-head is also locking up as even with both sides winning three games each.
Players to watch
Han Xu and Marianna Tolo, the two tallest players of women’s basketball will go head to head today. Australia’s veteran center is in good form in the tournament so far and will look to carry on with the momentum she has. The best part that she carries with her is the tons of experience. This helps the team in crunch moments and thinking straight under pressure. Moreover, her defense abilities especially against Han Xu will come in handy in today’s matchup.
The Stats Speak
China is leading the stats when it comes to point scoring inside the ring with 44 points average. Moreover, China is also strong in fast break points with 16 points. Australia on the other lags in both with 30.7 and 4 respectively.
Both nations will eye the medal tonight, the home crowd advantage will be for the Opals. However, China too has a lot of support in Australia. Tonight’s game promises to be a cracker.
The pulse suggests that Australia will edge past China today in a close contest.