FIBA World Cup 2014 Schedule: Full Slate, TV Info and More for Team USA

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2014

U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski calls to guard DeMar DeRozan (9) in the first half of an exhibition basketball game against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Final cuts have been made, and the exhibition schedule is in the rearview mirror—it’s time for Team USA to officially take the court at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. 

A full schedule for the red, white and blue with broadcast information can be found below, courtesy of

Team USA FIBA World Cup Schedule
DateMatchupTime (ET)TV
Saturday, Aug. 30United States vs. Finland3:30 p.m.ESPN
Sunday, Aug. 31United States vs. Turkey3:30 p.m.ESPN
Tuesday, Sept. 2United States vs. New Zealand11:30 a.m.ESPN
Wednesday, Sept. 3United States vs. Dominican Republic3:30 p.m.ESPN
Thursday, Sept. 4United Staes vs. Ukraine11:30 a.m.ESPN
Sept. 6-7Round of 16TBDTBD
Sept. 9-10QuarterfinalsTBDTBD
Sept. 11-12SemifinalsTBDTBD
Sept. 14Gold Medal GameTBDTBD

Anytime the United States sends NBA superstars to an international event, the expectation is title or bust.

Sure, there is no LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Co. this time around, but we are still talking about some of the best players in the world. A team consisting of Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose, James Harden and Anthony Davis, to name a few, would likely steamroll its way to an NBA title based on talent alone.

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What’s more, the United States has Mike Krzyzewski at the helm, who is one of the most respected and successful coaches in all of basketball. He has led Duke to national titles and has worked with professional players to bring Olympic gold back to the States. 

ESPN Stats & Info pointed out just how impressive Coach K has been directing Team USA:

The most encouraging sign of the exhibition contests for American fans was the fact that a little bit of everything was on full display for the team.

In the first two games, against the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, Team USA launched an average of 25 shots from behind the three-point line, representing nearly one-third of total shot attempts.

However, the Americans switched gears against Slovenia and only shot 14 times from deep. Instead, they took advantage of the low post and penetration opportunities, capitalizing on the fact that they simply had the stronger front line.

With Rose, Curry, Irving and Harden on the outside, production from the guards will not be a problem. They should all be able to apply ball pressure on the defensive side, which will lead to turnovers and easy transition opportunities, and space the floor with three-point shooting.

By NBA superstar standards, the front line may not be that noteworthy outside of Davis, but the USA still has DeMarcus Cousins, Mason Plumlee, Andre Drummond and Kenneth Faried. That group consists of more talent than any potential opponent outside of Spain, who will counter with Serge Ibaka, Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol.

LAS PALMAS, GRAN CANARIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 26:Kenneth Faried #18 and Anthony Davis #14 of the USA Men's National Team celebrates against the Slovenia National Team on August 26, 2014 at Gran Canaria Arena in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain. NOTE TO USER: Us
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Don't underestimate Davis' ascension into stardom, either.

He is perfectly suited on this roster as the versatile and athletic big man who can protect the rim on defense and still get out in transition with all those guards. He proved as much against Slovenia when he finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, four steals, four blocks and zero turnovers in only 19 minutes.

Krzyzewski discussed Davis' role in light of Durant pulling out of the competition, via Chris Strauss of USA Today:

Anthony would have had a huge role no matter what. Anthony's one of the best players in the NBA. Scoringwise, he'll get more opportunities. If you have Durant, you're going to put things in for him. When he's not there those things aren't in so for everybody it becomes a little more available. Anthony played a great game against Brazil, not a good game. He had an influence on every exchange offensively or defensively while he was in there.

With Davis and a litany of talented guards, it is difficult to envision the Americans losing to anyone except for Spain. However, the first thing that jumps out when projecting ahead is the fact that Team USA plays five games in six days to kick off the World Cup.

That means it will be up to Coach K to keep legs fresh, especially with Rose, who will remain an injury risk until he can once again put together an entire healthy season. Fortunately, the Americans have plenty of depth down low as well. They are going to need to be ready to face the Gasols and Ibaka down the road. 

A World Cup title may just depend on it.


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