|Coming into Sunday's Final, Spain's dominant frontcourt duo of Marc Gasol and his brother Pau combine for 33.9 points and 15.5 rebounds per game|
Enough with the emotional aspect of the Final, what about the facts? Just like any great event, the EuroBasket gold medal game comes with its own set of interesting statistics.
FIBAEurope.com asked Yarone Arbel to take pen and paper and make a list:
Ø Six teams stepped up and won the title already on their first appearance, as France hope to do.
Ø Eight teams lost the first title game they played in.
Ø The team with the most EuroBasket titles is the USSR with 14.
Ø The USSR won eight of those titles in one streak.
Ø Yugoslavia is behind with eight titles, these two former countries combine for 22 of 36 EuroBasket titles.
Ø Lithuania is third with three titles, followed by Italy and Greece with two each.
Ø Only the USSR, Yugoslavia and Lithuania won back to back titles.
Ø No team repeated title in the last six EuroBaskets.
Ø Other than Russia's win in EuroBasket 2007, all the title games since 1995 were decided by eight points or more.
Ø France's loss to Spain in the Second Round has been their only one so far in this EuroBasket.
Ø Spain also hold a nearly perfect record with just a single loss.
Ø Spain played in the first EuroBasket final, in 1935.
Ø Their first title however came only two years ago, in 2009.
Ø In 2009 they beat Serbia by 22-points, 85-63.
Ø Spain have a chance to join Greece and Italy if they win tonight and separate themselves from a list of six other teams that have won the title just once.
Ø Spain can become the first team since Yugoslavia of 1995 and 1997 to win the title back to back.
Ø Spain share the top spot with Czechoslovakia for most silver medals, with six each.
Ø As Czechoslovakia finished twice in the second place in a Round Robin system, Spain is the team that lost more title games than any other team, as all six silver medals came after a loss in the final.
Ø Spain played for the title in three of the last four EuroBaskets.
Ø The only time they missed the event - in 2005, they were knocked out in the semi-finals by a clutch shot by Germany's Dirk Nowitzki.
Ø Spain is the only team to have more than one appearance in the finals in the 21st century.
Ø Spain have the best offense in the EuroBasket with 83.9 points per game.
Ø Spain rank 1st is Free Throws Made.
Ø Spain rank 2nd in Field Goal Attempts with 64 per game.
Ø Spain isn't in the Top 3 in Defensive or Offensive Rebounds but they are 1st in Total Rebounds.
Ø Spain dished more assists than any other team with 19.5.
Ø Spain rank 5th in turnovers with only 11.4 per game.
Ø Spain rank 2nd in steals with 8.1
Ø Pau Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro are between the Top 10 scorers of the EuroBasket. Gasol is 5th with 20.4 and Navarro is 8th with 17.9.
Ø The Gasol brothers rank in the Top 10 rebounders of EuroBasket. Pau is 5th with 8.1 and Marc is 9th with 7.4
Ø Spain dished out more assists than any other team in EuroBasket 2011 yet the highest individual ranked is of Rudy Fernandez in the 23rd spot with 3.2.
Ø Pau Gasol ranks 7th in Field Goal Percentage with 54.2%.
Ø This is the first ever title game for France.
Ø France won the silver medal in 1949. Back then the title was decided in a Round Robin system.
Ø The last medal France won was in that 2005 EuroBasket over Spain, and it was their first medal since 1959.
Ø France is the team with more EuroBasket appearances than any other team in Europe.
Ø France doesnot feature in the Top 5 in Points or Points Allowed.
Ø France, not a great shooting team normally, ranks 4th in 3 Pts Field Goal Percentage.
Ø France ranks second in Field Goal Percentage.
Ø France ranks 2nd in Free Throws Percentage.
Ø France ranks 2nd and Spain 3rd in 2 Pts Field Goal Made.
Ø France ranks 3rd in Free Throws Made.
Ø France ranks only 15th with 59.5 Field Goal Attempts.
Ø France ranks only 17th in assists with 12.3.
Ø France is right behind Spain with 7.8 steals in the 4th spot.
Ø Tony Parker ranks 3rd in Points with 21.7.
Ø Joakim Noah is the only French player in the Top 10 of rebounders, with 8.0 rpg, that is good enough for the 6th spot.
Ø Parker ranks 9th in Assists with 4.3.
Ø Parker and Nicholas Batum are in the Top 10 in Steals with Batum having 2.1 to be second only to Andrei Kirilenko and Parker is 7th with 1.7.
Ø Gelabale ranks 2nd in 3 Pts Field Goal Percentage with 12 made shots in 20 attempts - 60%.
Ø Batum ranks 5th in Field Goal Percentage with 55.7%