FIBA Basketball World Cup

FIBA World Cup 2014 Schedule: TV Info and Live Stream for Entire Group Stage

USA Basketball guard Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls works out lightly during a team practice in at the Brooklyn Nets training facility in East Rutherford, N.J., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Steven CookContributor IIIAugust 26, 2014

The world's best international teams have descended upon Spain for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, and 24 national teams separated between four groups will decide the eventual champion.

As expected, Team USA enter the tournament as massive favorites with whopping 1-2 odds, according to Odds Shark. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski and crew will look to win their second straight title at the event, after sweeping it in 2010.

But with a lot of new American faces on the roster and a couple of opponents that could prove tough, it's far from a cakewalk for Team USA to cut down the nets again. Spain's loaded frontcourt stands out from the rest, but underdogs like Argentina and Brazil are also looking to make noise.

Here's a look at the entire group-stage schedule for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

2014 FIBA World Cup Group Stage
DateMatchupTime (ET)TV/Live Stream
Aug. 30Croatia vs. Philippines6:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 30Ukraine vs. Dominican Republic6:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 30Angola vs. South Korea7:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 30Egypt vs. Serbia9:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 30New Zealand vs. Turkey10 a.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 30Puerto Rico vs. Argentina11:30 a.m.ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN
Aug. 30Australia vs. Slovenia11:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 30France vs. Brazil12 p.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 30Greece vs. Senegal2 p.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 30Mexico vs. Lithuania2 p.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 30Finland vs. United States3:30 p.m.ESPN/WatchESPN
Aug. 30Iran vs. Spain4 p.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 31Dominican Republic vs. New Zealand6:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 31Argentina vs. Croatia7:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 31South Korea vs. Australia7:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 31Serbia vs. France9:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 31Finland vs. Ukraine10 a.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 31Senegal vs. Puerto Rico11:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 31Slovenia vs. Mexico11:30 a.m.ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN
Aug. 31Brazil vs. Iran12 p.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 31Philippines vs. Greece2 p.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 31Lithuania vs. Angola2 p.m.WatchESPN
Aug. 31United States vs. Turkey3:30 p.m.ESPN/WatchESPN
Aug. 31Spain vs. Egypt4 p.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 1Croatia vs. Senegal6:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 1Iran vs. Serbia9:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 1Argentina vs. Philippines11:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 1France vs. Egypt12 p.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 1Puerto Rico vs. Greece2 p.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 1Brazil vs. Spain4 p.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 2Angola vs. Mexico7:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 2Ukraine vs. Turkey9 a.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 2New Zealand vs. United States11:30 a.m.ESPN2/WatchESPN
Sept. 2Australia vs. Lithuania11:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 2South Korea vs. Slovenia2 p.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 2Finland vs. Dominican Republic3:30 p.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 3Philippines vs. Puerto Rico7:30 a.m.ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN
Sept. 3Mexico vs. Australia7:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 3New Zealand vs. Ukraine9 a.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 3Egypt vs. Iran9:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 3Senegal vs. Argentina11:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 3Turkey vs. Finland11:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 3Slovenia vs. Angola11:30 a.mWatchESPN
Sept. 3Serbia vs. Brazil12 p.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 3Lithuania vs. South Korea2 p.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 3Greece vs. Croatia2 p.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 3United States vs. Dominican Republic3:30 p.m.ESPN2/WatchESPN
Sept. 3Spain vs. France4 p.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 4Australia vs. Angola7:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 4Senegal vs. Philippines8 a.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 4Finland vs. New Zealand9 a.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 4Brazil vs. Egypt9:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 4United States vs. Ukraine11:30 a.m.ESPN/WatchESPN
Sept. 4South Korea vs. Mexico11:30 a.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 4Iran vs. France12 p.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 4Croatia vs. Puerto Rico12 p.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 4Turkey vs. Dominican Republic3:30 p.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 4Lithuania vs. Slovenia3:30 p.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 4Serbia vs. Spain4 p.m.WatchESPN
Sept. 4Argentina vs. Greece4 p.m.WatchESPN
Source: FIBA.com/ESPN.com

 

Teams to Watch

USA

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No LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony or Paul George, no problem, right?

Well, it might not be that simple for Team USA as it heads to Spain. But even without America's best few players in the fold, Coach K still has a roster more than capable of dominating every team they face throughout the tournament.

James Harden is turning into the go-to scorer on the wing that Team USA has traditionally thrived on, and strong outside shooters Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson will force opponents to abandon any sort of zone scheme. 

One big question throughout has been the play from Team USA's big men, with Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin all withdrawing. But Anthony Davis has been dominant in warm-up affairs and exhibitions, and the coaching staff loaded up on big bodies with Kenneth Faried, Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins and Miles Plumlee all making the team.

Another question mark is the lack of experience on the roster, but Coach K doesn't see that as much of a problem, per ESPN's Mark Jones:

And last but not least, what can Team USA expect of Derrick Rose? He's looked good in stretches of exhibitions, but coaches have tempered his minutes as he knocks off the rust of missing most of the last two NBA seasons. Coach K admitted Irving would start over Rose in an exhibition against Slovenia Tuesday, but the players would likely split time—a smart move to keep both point guards fresh.

"We'll see as thing goes on," Krzyzewski told ESPN.com's Marc Stein. "We might alternate 'em. Both of them are going to play significant minutes."

With the current strength of USA basketball, the only thing that can get in the Americans' way is themselves—even without some of their best stars in the fold.

 

Spain

Jul 18, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol in attendance during a press conference at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
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Few, if any teams, across the scope of world basketball have the talent to compete with even a depleted Team USA roster, but Spain might be the lone exception.

Led by a frontcourt trio that would make any opposing NBA coach lose his mind, the Spanish look to punish their opponents down low. Brothers Pau and Marc Gasol have long been a dominating duo for Spain at the forward and center spots, with defensive presence Serge Ibaka recently joining them. 

Along with Juan Carlos Navarro, Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez in the backcourt, the players Spain roll out in the group stage should be more than enough to advance easily.

ESPN's Fran Fraschilla uncovered a staggering statistic about Spain's experience:

It's no secret that Coach K and Team USA tailored their final 12-man roster to dealing with Spain's frontcourt advantage. With at least three or four big men on the bench, USA will try to stop the Spanish big men by committee.

If it doesn't work out well that way, expect Spain to upset the Americans and win the World Cup on their home soil. 

 

Argentina

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If a team not named USA or Spain makes a deep run to the final, don't be surprised if it's Argentina.

Spurs guard and recent NBA champion Manu Ginobili won't be with the team this summer in Spain, as he was ruled out with the Spurs citing injury concern. But even without the 37-year-old on the roster, they have a serious chance to make noise.

Luis Scola and Pablo Prigioni are the NBA notables on the team, and both play huge roles—Prigioni as the facilitator and strong defender, and Scola as the go-to option in the post similar to his days with the Phoenix Suns. And along with Real Madrid star Andres Nocioni, the firepower is there.

What sets Argentina up for success most is the favorable group draw. With Croatia, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Greece and Senegal accompanying them in Group B, they should have no trouble winning the group and advancing deep into the tournament. 

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