FIBA World Cup 2014: Day 4 Schedule and Predictions After Day 3 Group Results

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 1, 2014

Brazil's Larry Taylor, left, shoots over Spain's Sergio Rodriguez during the Group A Basketball World Cup match between Brazil and Spain in Granada, Spain, Monday Sept. 1, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Daniel Tejedor)
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Team USA was not in action for the first time, but the favorites continued rolling despite the favorites' absence on Monday at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Spain faced its toughest competition thus far as the host nation but had no trouble slipping past Brazil to move to a perfect 3-0. Greece also joined Spain among the ranks of the unbeaten with an 11-point win over Puerto Rico, and Argentina posted a close win over the Philippines.

The action on Day 3 has only set the stage for more exciting play throughout the rest of the tournament, as nations try to punch their tickets out of the group stage and into the next round. Here's a look at Monday's results and a look forward to Day 4.

2014 FIBA World Cup: Day 3 Results
GroupResult
BSenegal 77, Croatia 75
ASerbia 83, Iran 70
BArgentina 85, Philippines 81
AFrance 94, Egypt 55
BGreece 90, Puerto Rico 79
ASpain 82, Brazil 63
FIBA.com

 

2014 FIBA World Cup Day 4 Schedule
MatchupTime (ET)Prediction
Angola vs. Mexico7:30 a.m.Angola
Ukraine vs. Turkey9 a.m.Turkey
New Zealand vs. United States11:30 a.m.United States
Australia vs. Lithuania11:30 a.m.Lithuania
South Korea vs. Slovenia2 p.m.Slovenia
Finland vs. Dominican Republic3:30 p.m.Dominican Republic
FIBA.com/Steven Cook's predictions

 

Day 4 Top Games

New Zealand vs. United States

BILBAO, SPAIN - AUGUST 30:  Mike Krzyzewski Head Coach and Derrick Rose # 6 of the USA Basketball Men's National Team converse during a game against the Finland Nation Basketball Team at the FIBA 2014 World Cup Tournament at the Bilbao Exhibition Center o
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It's been a series of ups and downs for Team USA so far in Spain, but mostly ups. And head coach Mike Krzyzewski's squad will look to continue its ascension against New Zealand on Tuesday.

The Americans started off at FIBA in style, demolishing Finland 114-55 and holding their opponent without a field goal for the second quarter. They trailed at the half against Turkey on Sunday before pulling out a 21-point victory late.

New Zealand comes into the game sporting an 0-2 record but nearly made waves in its opener by falling late to Turkey—a team the U.S. trailed by five at the half. New Zealand was in position to win before Turkey mounted a fourth-quarter rally to take the victory.

Things haven't been pretty at times for Coach K and crew, but as ESPN's Fran Fraschilla notes, their superior talent is just too much for non-elite nations to overcome:

New Zealand's Corey Webster will have a big game off the bench as Team USA continues to struggle against strong guard play, but athleticism and size will propel the Americans to an easy win.

Prediction: USA 95, New Zealand 62

 

Ukraine vs. Turkey

BILBAO, SPAIN - AUGUST 31: Anthony Davis #14 of the USA Basketball Men's National Team defends against Emir Preldzic #9 of the Turkey Basketball Men's National Team during the 2014 FIBA World Cup at Bizkaia Arena in Bilbao Exhibition Centre on August 31,
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Nobody is going to sleep on Turkey in Group C after the nation's performance against the United States on Sunday. The big underdogs led by five at halftime against the reigning champions.

But the Turks are still coming off a loss to the Americans and will look to get back to their winning ways on Tuesday against Ukraine.

Ukraine started strong in its opener with a 72-62 victory over the Dominican Republic, with guards Pooh Jeter and Sergii Gladyr leading the way offensively. Jeter added a big 24-point performance against Finland the day after, but 16 team turnovers forced Ukraine to sputter to a loss against Finland.

Turkey's slashing guards and physical post contributors caused more than a scare for the U.S. early, which leaves one to believe Ukraine will be no match. With a day off between games, Turkey's superior talent will be rested and ready to go.

Prediction: Turkey 91, Ukraine 78

 

South Korea vs. Slovenia

LAS PALMAS, GRAN CANARIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 26: Goran Dragic #11 of the Slovenia National Team shoots against Rudy Gay #8 of the USA Men's National Team on August 26, 2014 at Gran Canaria Arena in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain. NOTE TO USER: User expressly
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With Spain, Team USA, Argentina, Brazil and Greece all in other groups, first place was up for the taking in Group D. After two games, Slovenia looks eager to fill the up-for-grabs spot.

With easy wins over Australia and Mexico to start out play, Slovenia has made a case for a deep run in Spain this summer. Led by the Dragic brothers—Zoran and Goran, the latter of whom has emerged as a star for the NBA's Phoenix Suns—they have been ripping through opponents.

Zach Harper of CBS Sports noted their ridiculous stat line against Mexico:

In their opening two games, the Slovenians have shot 20-of-42 from three-point range and well over 50 percent from the field. Meanwhile, South Korea scored six points in its first quarter of play in Spain and was defeated by 34 points by an Australia team that Slovenia topped by double digits.

Chalk up another rout for Slovenia.

Prediction: Slovenia 95, South Korea 60

2014 FIBA World Cup Group Standings
Group AGamesWLDifferentialPoints
Spain330+866
Serbia321+335
Brazil321+125
France321−13
Iran303−723
Egypt303−582
Group BGamesWLDifferentialPoints
Greece330+466
Croatia321+65
Senegal321−145
Argentina321+225
Philippines303−193
Puerto Rico303−413
Group CGamesWLDifferentialPoints
United States220+804
Ukraine211+53
Dominican Republic211+33
Turkey211−183
Finland211−543
New Zealand202−162
Group DGamesWLDifferentialPts
Slovenia220+314
Lithuania220+264
Australia211+243
Angola211−23
Mexico202−342
South Korea202−452
FIBA.com (updated after Sept. 1)