William Jones Cup 2014: Dates, Bracket, Schedule and More

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William Jones Cup 2014: Dates, Bracket, Schedule and More
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The United States is the most successful country in William Jones Cup history with 15 titles. More recently, however, the tournament has been dominated by Iran. Iran has won the championship four times in the past five years.

Last year, Iran won all seven of its games en route to the title. In order to defend its title, the team will be forced to fend off challenges from Africa, Asia and North America. All teams will play preliminary games before being seeded into the final brackets.

Let's check out all of the important information for the event, along with the schedule for the opening round and the breakdown for both brackets. It's followed by an outlook for the United States squad, which looks to win its first Cup since 2006.

 

Tournament Info

Location: University Campus Stadium in Tianmu, Taipei

Dates: Saturday, Aug. 9 – Sunday, Aug. 17

 

Preliminary Schedule

2014 William Jones Cup Schedule
Game Date Time (ET) Team Team
1 Aug. 9 1 a.m. Iran United States
2 Aug. 9 3 a.m. South Korea Egypt
3 Aug. 9 5 a.m. Jordan Chinese Taipei B
4 Aug. 9 7:30 a.m. Chinese Taipei A Japan
5 Aug. 10 1 a.m. Egypt Jordan
6 Aug. 10 3 a.m. Chinese Taipei B South Korea
7 Aug. 10 5 a.m. Japan Iran
8 Aug. 10 7 a.m. United States Chinese Taipei A
9 Aug. 11 1 a.m. Iran Egypt
10 Aug. 11 3 a.m. Jordan Japan
11 Aug. 11 5 a.m. South Korea United States
12 Aug. 11 7 a.m. Chinese Taipei A Chinese Taipei B
13 Aug. 12 1 a.m. Chinese Taipei B Iran
14 Aug. 12 3 a.m. United States Jordan
15 Aug. 12 5 a.m. Japan South Korea
16 Aug. 12 7 a.m. Egypt Chinese Taipei A
17 Aug. 13 1 a.m. Chinese Taipei B Japan
18 Aug. 13 3 a.m. Egypt United States
19 Aug. 13 5 a.m. South Korea Iran
20 Aug. 13 7 a.m. Chinese Taipei A Jordan
21 Aug. 14 1 a.m. Japan Egypt
22 Aug. 14 3 a.m. United States Chinese Taipei B
23 Aug. 14 5 a.m. Jordan South Korea
24 Aug. 14 7 a.m. Iran Chinese Taipei A
25 Aug. 15 1 a.m. Egypt Chinese Taipei B
26 Aug. 15 3 a.m. Jordan Iran
27 Aug. 15 5 a.m. United States Japan
28 Aug. 15 7 a.m. Chinese Taipei A South Korea

Basketball-TPE.org

 

Brackets

Championship

Semifinals (Aug. 16) Finals (Aug. 17)
Game 31: No. 1 vs. No. 4 Title: Game 31 winner vs. Game 32 winner
Game 32: No. 2 vs. No. 3 3rd Place: Game 31 loser vs. Game 32 loser

 

Consolation

Crossover Games (Aug. 16) Seeding (Aug. 17)
Game 29: No. 5 vs. No. 8 5th Place: Game 29 winner vs. Game 30 winner
Game 30: No. 6 vs. No. 7 7th Place: Game 29 loser vs. Game 30 loser

For a complete breakdown of the knockout schedule, visit the tournament's official site.

 

Team USA Outlook

U.S. Roster for 2014 William Jones Cup
Position Player
Guard MaJic Dorsey
Guard Jermaine Barnes
Guard Cory Bradford
Guard James Justice
Guard Freddie Williams
Guard Will De La Cruz
Forward Marquin Chandler
Forward Jumaine Jones
Forward Marcus Melvin
Forward Jermaine Dailey
Forward Craig Williams
Forward Jay Bowdy
Center Keith Closs
Center Chris Alexander
Center Desmond Blue

Asia-Basket.com

The Team USA Jones Cup squad is separate from USA Basketball, which will be taking part in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, which also begins this month. That's why the roster is populated with players not usually associated with the American national team.

General manager Travis McAvene was able to bring in former Toronto Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell to lead the group. He talked with Asia-Basket.com about what made the longtime forward a good fit as the team looks to end a trophy drought in the event.

"He's really excited," McAvene said. "There's so many things about Sam that you love. I love the fact that he loves the game so much. He cares about this event as much as the NBA Finals. That's what makes him so special. Everything is about being great."

Jumaine Jones is a name most basketball fans will probably recognize. He spent nearly a decade in the NBA with six different teams. His best season came with the Charlotte Hornets in 2005-06 when he averaged more than 10 points while also grabbing nearly five rebounds.

Keith Closs also spent some time in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers. Despite averaging less than 13 minutes per game across three seasons, the rim protector still averaged more than a block per contest. He also shot 47 percent from the field.

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One other player to keep an eye on is Majic Dorsey. A former D-League player, he's traveled the globe and found more success elsewhere, including strong stints with Al Ahli in Saudi Arabia and Piratas in Colombia. He will likely run the U.S. offense.

Ultimately, it's a group with plenty of international experience at the club level. That should bode well in terms of bringing them together to create one cohesive unit in a short period of time. A lack of chemistry is often an issue in the event.

Mitchell is a good coach for the group. He won NBA Coach of the Year honors in 2007 by helping lead an unheralded Raptors group to third place in the Eastern Conference. His ability to motivate will come in handy with so many games in a short span.

A top-three finish is a reasonable expectation with a championship possible if everything falls into place perfectly over the next few weeks.

 

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