FIBA World Cup 2014: Tournament TV Schedule and Championship Predictions

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2014

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Featuring 24 of the world's top basketball-playing nations, the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain will determine the true global king of the sport.

Team USA enters the tournament as a heavy favorite, but they will unquestionably be pushed by the host Spaniards as well as a few other talented teams. Perhaps the most intriguing part of this entire event, though, is getting to watch non-NBA players who may not be known in the United States.

For those looking to broaden their basketball horizons, each and every FIBA World Cup game can be watched either on television or through live streaming.

Here is a full breakdown of the entire FIBA World Cup viewing schedule, as well as predictions for which teams will finish on the podium.

 

Where: Spain

When: Saturday, Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 14

Watch: ESPN, ESPN2 and NBATV

Live Stream: WatchESPN

 

Tournament TV Schedule

FIBA World Cup TV Schedule
DateTime (ET)MatchupGroupWatch
Aug. 306:30 a.m.Croatia vs. PhilippinesBWatchESPN
6:30 a.m.Ukraine vs. Dominican RepublicCWatchESPN
7:30 a.m.Angola vs. South KoreaDWatchESPN
9:30 a.m.Egypt vs. SerbiaAWatchESPN
10 a.m.New Zealand vs. TurkeyCWatchESPN
11:30 a.m.Austria vs. SloveniaDWatchESPN
11:30 a.m.Puerto Rico vs. ArgentinaBWatchESPN
NoonFrance vs. BrazilANBATV
2 p.m.Mexico vs. LithuaniaDWatchESPN
2 p.m.Greece vs. SenegalBWatchESPN
3:30 p.m.United States vs. FinlandCESPN
4 p.m.Iran vs. SpainAWatchESPN
Aug. 316:30 a.m.Dominican Republic vs. New ZealandCWatchESPN
7:30 a.m.South Korea vs. AustraliaDWatchESPN
7:30 a.m.Argentina vs. CroatiaBNBATV
9:30 a.m.Serbia vs. FranceANBATV
10 a.m.Finland vs. UkraineCWatchESPN
11:30 a.m.Slovenia vs. MexicoDWatchESPN
11:30 a.m.Senegal vs. Puerto RicoBWatchESPN
NoonBrazil vs. IranANBATV
2 p.m.Lithuania vs. AngolaDWatchESPN
2 p.m.Philippines vs. GreeceBWatchESPN
3:30 p.m.Turkey vs. United StatesCESPN
4 p.m.Spain vs. EgyptAWatchESPN
Sept. 16:30 a.m.Croatia vs. SenegalBWatchESPN
9:30 a.m.Iran vs. SerbiaAWatchESPN
11:30 a.m.Argentina vs. PhilippinesBNBATV
NoonFrance vs. EgyptAWatchESPN
2 p.m.Puerto Rico vs. GreeceBNBATV
4 p.m.Brazil vs. SpainANBATV
Sept. 27:30 a.m.Angola vs. MexicoDWatchESPN
9 a.m.Ukraine vs. TurkeyCWatchESPN
11:30 a.m.Australia vs. LithuaniaDWatchESPN
11:30 a.m.United States vs. New ZealandCESPN2
2 p.m.South Korea vs. SloveniaDNBATV
3:30 p.m.Finland vs. Dominican RepublicCWatchESPN
Sept. 37:30 a.m.Mexico vs. AustraliaDNBATV
7:30 a.m.Philippines vs. Puerto RicoBWatchESPN
9 a.m.New Zealand vs. UkraineCWatchESPN
9:30 a.m.Egypt vs. IranAWatchESPN
11:30 a.m.Slovenia vs. AngolaDWatchESPN
11:30 a.m.Senegal vs. ArgentinaBWatchESPN
11:30 a.m.Turkey vs. FinlandCWatchESPN
NoonSerbia vs. BrazilANBATV
2 p.m.Lithuania vs. South KoreaDWatchESPN
2 p.m.Greece vs. CroatiaBWatchESPN
3:30 p.m.Dominican Republic vs. United StatesCESPN2
4 p.m.Spain vs. FranceAWatchESPN
Sept. 47:30 a.m.Australia vs. AngolaDWatchESPN
8 a.m.Senegal vs. PhilippinesBWatchESPN
9 a.m.Finland vs. New ZealandCWatchESPN
9:30 a.m.Brazil vs. EgyptANBATV
11:30 a.m.South Korea vs. MexicoDWatchESPN
11:30 a.m.Ukraine vs. United StatesCESPN2
NoonIran vs. FranceAWatchESPN
NoonCroatia vs. Puerto RicoBWatchESPN
3:30 p.m.Lithuania vs. SloveniaDWatchESPN
3:30 p.m.Turkey vs. Dominican RepublicCWatchESPN
4 p.m.Serbia vs. SpainANBATV
4 p.m.Argentina vs. GreeceBWatchESPN
Sept. 610 a.m.C3 vs. D2Round of 16NBATV
TBDC1 vs. D4Round of 16WatchESPN
NoonA3 vs. B2Round of 16NBATV
4 p.m.A1 vs. B4Round of 16NBATV
Sept. 710 a.m.C4 vs. D1Round of 16NBATV
NoonC2 vs. D3Round of 16NBATV
2 p.m.A4 vs. B1Round of 16NBATV
4 p.m.A2 vs. B3Round of 16NBATV
Sept. 9TBDC3/D2 vs. C1/D4QuarterfinalESPN
3 p.m.C4/D1 vs.C2/D3QuarterfinalNBATV
Sept. 10NoonA3/B2 vs. A1/B4QuarterfinalESPN2
4 p.m.A4/B1 vs. A2/B3QuarterfinalESPN2
Sept. 113 p.m.QF 1 Winner vs. QF 2 WinnerSemifinalESPN
Sept. 124 p.m.QF 3 Winner vs. QF 4 WinnerSemifinalESPN2
Sept. 13TBASF 1 Loser vs. SF 2 LoserThird PlaceESPN2
Sept. 14TBASF 1 Winner vs. SF 2 WinnerFinalESPN2
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Championship Predictions

Gold: USA

It is no secret that the United States' depth has been depleted by injuries, withdrawals and other factors, but the Americans are still the ones to beat. Team USA is currently in possession of every international basketball title, and they certainly don't intend to relinquish the FIBA World Cup.

The roster may be a tad light in terms of superstar players, but the talent level is still extremely high, as seen in this tweet courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info:

Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Klay Thompson are all dynamic offensive guards who will wreak havoc with their ability to shoot and penetrate.

Perhaps the biggest question mark for Team USA is paint presence, but New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is looking very much like a top-flight player. Add in the likes of DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond and others, and there is enough there for the Americans to compete.

The X-factor in all of this is Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. He has played a grand total of 10 NBA games over the past two seasons, but he was named league MVP in 2010-11. It may take some time for him to regain that level of play, but Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski believes he is already there, according to Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com.

It takes an exceptional person, which is why we're talking about Derrick. I think he's exceptional in every way. He went right at it. The first defensive exchange in the camp, he was all over the ball handler, moving his feet, attacking him. There was a buzz right away because it was basically his saying, 'Look, I'm not just back. I'm back at a level that's elite.'

If Rose is truly in MVP form, then it will be incredibly difficult for anyone to stop Team USA's attack. Regardless, the only team that will push the United States is host Spain due to its impressive stable of big men. Even so, the Americans have enough offensive firepower to come away with the gold.

 

Silver: Spain

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Spain is quite clearly the No. 2 basketball team in the world, but it would love to ascend to No. 1 on home soil. While Espana does have its shortcomings in some areas, it seems quite likely that it will advance to final to take on the United States.

There is no denying the fact that Spain's greatest strength is its interior with Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol and Serge Ibaka making up a formidable front line. All three of those players are adept at both ends of the floor, and they give Spain an advantage over essentially every other team.

That combination caught Coach K's attention too, as Josh Newman of the Asbury Park Press points out that Team USA's decision to go heavy on bigs may have been a reactionary move in response to Spain:

Spain also has some threats outside, with Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio running the offense and the likes of Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez serving as shooters. With that said, Spain simply cannot match up to the Americans when it comes to scoring from long range.

Since success in international basketball is often largely about shooting the three, all signs point toward the Spaniards falling just short in their attempt to unseat the United States.

 

Bronze: France

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Even though the United States and Spain are a cut above the rest, other teams are bound to emerge and make a run. They all have their flaws, but some could potentially give the States and the host nation a run for their money if everything goes right.

One of those possible dark-horse teams is France. Led by Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, the French are skilled and athletic, and they have experienced some recent success as well.

For all the attention being paid to Spain, ESPN's Mark Jones accurately points out that France is the reigning European champion:

That should be taken with a grain of salt, however, since France is without San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker and Bulls center Joakim Noah for the tournament. Even so, France is a very solid team that is bolstered by a handful of NBA players.

Batum will be the biggest key to France's success, but big men Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert will also play a big role, as will versatile guard Evan Fournier.

It is possible that France would be widely viewed as a better team than Spain were Parker and Noah on the roster, but the absence of those two players will drop the French to a bronze medal at best. Even so, that would be a great result considering who is missing from the team.

 

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