2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup

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2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
17th FIBA Basketball World Cup
Official logo of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
Tournament details
Host nation  Spain
Dates 30 August–14 September
Teams 24 (from 213 federations)
Venues 6 (in 6 host cities)
Champions  United States (5th title)
MVP United States Kyrie Irving
Tournament statistics
Players Teams
Points Puerto Rico Barea (22.0) USA (104.6)
Rebounds Philippines Blatche (13.8) USA (44.8)
Assists Finland Koponen (5.8) USA (20.4)
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The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup was the 17th edition of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the tournament previously known as the FIBA World Championship.[1] Hosted by Spain, it was the last tournament to be held on the then-current four-year cycle. The next FIBA World Cup will be held five years later, in 2019, to reset the four-year-cycle on a different year than the FIFA World Cup.[2]

Countdown clock outside the FIBA headquarters in Mies, Switzerland as of June 2013.

The United States automatically qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with their 129–92 win over Serbia in the Gold Medal game.

Host selection[edit]

FIBA opened the bidding process on 10 January 2008 and all the letters of intent were submitted on 30 April 2008.[3] Nine countries showed interest in hosting the event, as in order, they were Spain,[4] France,[5] Denmark,[6] Russia,[7] Saudi Arabia,[8] Qatar,[9] Italy,[10] Greece,[11] and China.[12]

Among the nine, only three were shortlisted by FIBA: China which would have hosted the 2009 FIBA Asia Championship later that year, Italy which last hosted a FIBA tournament in EuroBasket Women 2007, and FIBA EuroBasket 2007 host Spain.

On 23 May 2009, after voting by the FIBA Central Board in Geneva in which the Chinese and Spanish representatives abstained, China was the first to be eliminated in the first round of voting. In the final round, Arvydas Sabonis and Saša Djordjević announced that Spain won the hosting rights with eleven votes as opposed to Italy's eight.[13]

Venues[edit]

The Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid was the main venue, hosting the final and half of the matches in the final round. While no arenas from the 1986 FIBA World Championship were reused, the current Madrid arena was built on the site of the original venue that was destroyed by fire in 2001, which was a venue used in 1986. Amongst venues used in FIBA EuroBasket 2007, the arenas in Granada, Seville and Madrid were reused. One arena, the Gran Canaria Arena, was the only new venue, being built after the tournament was awarded to Spain. The other cities hosted a group.

On 17 April 2010, Barcelona was added to the list of cities to hold games, bringing the total venues to six.[14] This was Barcelona's first time being part of a major international event in basketball since the 1997 EuroBasket, in which the Palau Sant Jordi hosted the final stages.[14] Barcelona will host half of the games in the knockout stage, including a semifinal.

Below is a list of the confirmed venues which were used to host games during the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Connor Floor was the official supplier of the basketball courts for each of the six sites.[15][16]

Iberian peninsula Madrid Barcelona Granada
Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid
Capacity: 13,700
Palau Sant Jordi
Capacity: 15,700
Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada
Capacity: 9,000
Palacio de Deportes (Madrid) 02.jpg Palau Sant Jordi Barcelona Catalonia 2.jpg Palacio de deportes de Granada.jpg
Barakaldo Seville Las Palmas
Bizkaia Arena
Capacity: 16,200
Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo
Capacity: 7,200
Gran Canaria Arena
Capacity: 9,700
Canary Islands Bizkaia Arena Supercopa España 2007.jpg SanPabloSevillaBasket-cropped.jpg Partido Basket Herbalife Gran Canaria - Unicaja ( 67- 65).jpg
Islas Canarias (real location) in Spain.svg

Qualification[edit]

Status of teams with the intent of participating in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
  Qualified
  Eliminated
  Did not enter
  Disqualified and suspended by FIBA
  Not a member of FIBA

There were 24 teams taking part in the 2014 World Cup of Basketball. After the 2012 Olympics, the continental allocation for FIBA Americas was reduced by one when the United States won the Olympic tournament, automatically qualifying them for the 2014 World Cup.[17]

Qualified teams[edit]

As of 21 September 2013, twenty teams had already qualified for the final tournament in 2014. To complete the 24-team tournament, FIBA would announce the four wild cards after a meeting in Barcelona on 1–2 February 2014; they could have announced an initial list of teams that would be considered after a Buenos Aires meeting on 23–24 November 2013.[18] But later the FIBA Central Board decided not to trim the list of wild card applicants on their Buenos Aires meeting, making all 15 teams eligible to be selected on the February meeting at Barcelona.[19]

On 1 February 2014, FIBA announced that it had allocated the wild cards to Brazil, Finland, Greece and Turkey.[20]

Event Date Location Berths Qualified
Host nation 23 May 2009 Switzerland Geneva 1  Spain
2012 Olympics 29 July–12 August 2012 United Kingdom London 1  United States
2013 FIBA Africa Championship 20–31 August 2013 Ivory Coast Abidjan 3  Angola
 Egypt
 Senegal
2013 FIBA Americas Championship 30 August–11 September 2013 Venezuela Caracas 4  Mexico
 Puerto Rico
 Argentina
 Dominican Republic
2013 FIBA Asia Championship 1–11 August 2013 Philippines Manila 3  Iran
 Philippines
 South Korea
FIBA EuroBasket 2013 4–22 September 2013  Slovenia 6  France
 Lithuania
 Croatia
 Slovenia
 Ukraine
 Serbia
2013 FIBA Oceania Championship 14–18 August 2013 New Zealand Auckland
Australia Canberra
2  Australia
 New Zealand
Wild cards 1 February 2014 Spain Barcelona 4  Brazil
 Finland
 Greece
 Turkey
TOTAL 24

Suspension of Senegal[edit]

On the FIBA Central Board meeting in Buenos Aires, FIBA suspended the basketball federations of Guatemala, Morocco and Senegal indefinitely "due to their inability to properly function as the governing body for basketball in their respective countries."[21] The Senegalese federation was suspended reportedly due to age fabrication in the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship for Men and for Women; the Senegalese federation was dissolved as a result.[22] On 2 February, FIBA lifted the suspension on the Senegalese federation after they complied with all of the requirements imposed by the FIBA, clearing the way for the participation of its national team in the tournament.[20]

Rule and format changes[edit]

This was the first time the new expanded free throw lane, the restricted arc, and extended three point line (6.6 m [21' 8"] from the basket at the corners; 6.75 m [22' 1.75"] elsewhere) took effect in the tournament.

The final round was held in two arenas: in the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid and Palau Sant Jordi, as opposed to a singular arena in 2010. Also, the arrangement of the round of 16 match-ups in the bracket were changed. In 2010, a team from Group A or B can meet a team from Group C or D as early in the quarterfinals, and cannot meet their groupmates until the semifinals. In 2014, teams from Groups A and B were in one half of the bracket played in Madrid, while teams from Groups C and D were in the other half and played in Barcelona; teams from Groups A and B could not meet teams from Group C or D until the final or third-place playoff, and could meet their groupmates as early as the quarterfinals.

In 2010, the round of 16 games were held in a span of four days, or two matches per day; in 2014, there would be four games per day, and the round of 16 will be done in two days. From the semifinals onward, unlike in 2010 where the semifinals were held in one day, and the third-place playoff and the final on the next day, the semifinals in 2014 were held on two days, followed by the third-place playoff the next day, and the final on the day after, or one game per day. Finally, the classification round for 5th place was also eliminated.

Draw[edit]

The draw was held on 3 February 2014 at 19:00 CET at the Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona.[23] On 2 February, FIBA released the pots on how the teams would be drawn. "Pot 1" included the top 4 teams in the FIBA World Rankings for men, while the other pots were grouped on geographical and sporting criteria.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

United States (1)
 Spain (2)
 Argentina (3)
 Lithuania (4)

 Angola (15)
 Finland (39)
 Senegal (41)
 Egypt (46)

 New Zealand (19)
 Iran (20)
 South Korea (31)
 Philippines (34)

 Serbia (11)
 Slovenia (13)
 Croatia (16)
 Ukraine (45)

 Brazil (10)
 Puerto Rico (17)
 Mexico (24)
 Dominican Republic (26)

 Greece (5)
 Turkey (7)
 France (8)
 Australia (9)

There were no restrictions in drawing teams from pots except for the following:

  • Spain and the United States, as the top 2 teams, were to be placed on opposite sides of the bracket for knockout play. As a result, Spain went to Group A and the USA to Group C. The other teams in the pot would thus be drawn to either Group B or D.
  • Finland could not be placed in a group that already had a European team; therefore they could only be placed in the group containing the USA or Argentina.
  • Australia could not be placed in a group that already contained New Zealand. They were also required to be put into a group that already had two European teams. [24]

After a team's group was drawn, another draw followed to determine their position in the group, and consequently, the order of games to be played. In this draw, there were four pots, "Pot A" to "Pot D", each corresponding to each preliminary round group, containing six numbers; here, the pot corresponding to the drawn group of a team was drawn to determine its position in the order of games, such as "A1" to "A6", for Group A teams. Finally, after the groupings and order of games were determined, FIBA assigned one group to each preliminary round host city.[25][26]

Former Spanish international Juan Antonio San Epifanio, Croatia's Dino Rađa, José Ortiz of Puerto Rico and Angolan Jean-Jacques Conceição assisted in the draw.[26]

Group A, which included European champions France, hosts Spain, and traditional powerhouse Serbia has been labeled as the "group of death".[27] The Americans, meanwhile, avoided the "bracket of death" of Groups A and B by landing in Group C, setting up a rematch of the 2010 final against Turkey, which were selected as wild cards, and a possible late knockout match-up against European runners-up Lithuania.[28]

Squads[edit]

Each team had a roster of 12 players; a team could opt to have one naturalized player from its roster. The final rosters had to be finalized at the team managers' meeting at the night prior to the first game. The final roster of 12 players per team must have been taken from a list of at most 24 players submitted to FIBA two months before the beginning of the championship.

Preparation matches[edit]

2014 South American Basketball Championship[edit]

The 2014 South American Basketball Championship in Isla Margarita, Venezuela was a qualifying tournament for the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship and for the 2015 Pan-American Games. Venezuela defeated World Cup participants Argentina (who played with its "B" team) to win the title; the other team in the World Cup, Brazil (who also played with its "B" team), finished in third place defeating Uruguay. All four teams qualified to the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship while only the top three teams qualified to the 2015 Pan-American Games.

2014 FIBA Asia Cup[edit]

Main article: 2014 FIBA Asia Cup

The 2014 FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China was a qualifying tournament for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in China. Iran defeated Chinese Taipei to win the title and qualify outright; the other team in the World Cup, the Philippines, defeated China in the third place playoff.

2014 Centrobasket[edit]

Main article: 2014 Centrobasket

The 2014 Centrobasket in Tepic, Mexico is a qualifying tournament for the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship and for the 2015 Pan-American Games. The three teams in the World Cup occupied the top three places. Mexico defeated Puerto Rico in the final, while Dominican Republic finished third place defeating Cuba. All four teams qualified to the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship while only the top three teams qualified to the 2015 Pan-American Games.

2014 William Jones Cup[edit]

The 2014 William Jones Cup was a friendly tournament in New Taipei, Taiwan. Egypt is the only World Cup team participated; they finished third. Iran sent their "B-team", while South Korea sent in a Korean Basketball League team.

2014 Antibes International Basketball Tournament[edit]

Australia won this friendly tournament in Antibes, France organized by Fédération Française de Basket-Ball. The Philippines, France, and Ukraine were the other teams that participated.

Preliminary round[edit]

How teams are ranked:

  1. Highest number of points earned, with each game result having a corresponding point:
    • Win: 2 points
    • Loss: 1 point
    • Loss by default: 1 point, with a final score of 2–0 for the opponents of the defaulting team if the latter team is not trailing or if the score is tied, or the score at the time of stoppage if they are trailing.
    • Loss by forfeit: 0 points, with a final score of 20–0 for the opponents of the forfeiting team.
  2. Head-to-head record via points system above
  3. Goal average on games among tied teams
  4. Goal average on all group games
  5. Drawing of lots
Qualified to the final round

Group A[edit]

Venue: Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Granada

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Spain 5 5 0 440 314 +126 10
 Brazil 5 4 1 416 333 +83 9
 France 5 3 2 376 357 +19 8
 Serbia 5 2 3 387 378 +9 7
 Iran 5 1 4 344 406 −62 6
 Egypt 5 0 5 311 486 −175 5
30 August 2014
Egypt  64–85  Serbia
France  63–65  Brazil
Iran  60–90  Spain
31 August 2014
Serbia  73–74  France
Brazil  79–50  Iran
Spain  91–54  Egypt
1 September 2014
Iran  70–83  Serbia
France  94–55  Egypt
Brazil  63–82  Spain
3 September 2014
Egypt  73–88  Iran
Serbia  73–81  Brazil
Spain  88–64  France
4 September 2014
Brazil  128–65  Egypt
Iran  76–81  France
Serbia  73−89  Spain

Group B[edit]

Venue: Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo, Seville

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 Greece 5 5 0 414 349 +65 10  
 Croatia 5 3 2 414 398 +16 8 1–0
 Argentina 5 3 2 420 371 +49 8 0–1
 Senegal 5 2 3 348 399 −51 7  
 Puerto Rico 5 1 4 388 446 −58 6 1–0
 Philippines 5 1 4 383 404 −21 6 0–1
30 August 2014
Croatia  81–78 OT  Philippines
Puerto Rico  75–98  Argentina
Greece  87–64  Senegal
31 August 2014
Argentina  85–90  Croatia
Senegal  82–75  Puerto Rico
Philippines  70–82  Greece
1 September 2014
Croatia  75–77  Senegal
Argentina  85–81  Philippines
Puerto Rico  79–90  Greece
3 September 2014
Philippines  73–77  Puerto Rico
Senegal  46–81  Argentina
Greece  76–65  Croatia
4 September 2014
Senegal  79–81 OT  Philippines
Croatia  103–82  Puerto Rico
Argentina  71–79  Greece

Group C[edit]

Venue: Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
United States 5 5 0 511 345 +166 10  
 Turkey 5 3 2 365 372 −7 8  
 Dominican Republic 5 2 3 347 386 −39 7 1–1, 1.022
 New Zealand 5 2 3 347 376 −29 7 1–1, 0.993
 Ukraine 5 2 3 344 369 −25 7 1–1, 0.985
 Finland 5 1 4 342 408 −66 6  


30 August 2014
Ukraine  72–62  Dominican Republic
New Zealand  73–76  Turkey
United States 114–55  Finland
31 August 2014
Dominican Republic  76–63  New Zealand
Finland  81–76  Ukraine
Turkey  77–98 United States
2 September 2014
Ukraine  64–58  Turkey
United States 98–71  New Zealand
Finland  68–74  Dominican Republic
3 September 2014
New Zealand  73–61  Ukraine
Turkey  77–73 OT  Finland
Dominican Republic  71–106 United States
4 September 2014
Finland  65–67  New Zealand
Ukraine  71–95 United States
Turkey  77–64  Dominican Republic

Group D[edit]

Venue: Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 Lithuania 5 4 1 383 331 +52 9 1–0
 Slovenia 5 4 1 425 374 +51 9 0–1
 Australia 5 3 2 404 373 +31 8  
 Mexico 5 2 3 370 372 −2 7 1–0
 Angola 5 2 3 375 399 −24 7 0–1
 South Korea 5 0 5 316 424 −108 5  
30 August 2014
Angola  80–69  South Korea
Australia  80–90  Slovenia
Mexico  74–87  Lithuania
31 August 2014
South Korea  55–89  Australia
Slovenia  89–68  Mexico
Lithuania  75–62  Angola
2 September 2014
Angola  55–79  Mexico
Australia  82–75  Lithuania
South Korea  72–89  Slovenia
3 September 2014
Mexico  62–70  Australia
Slovenia  93–87  Angola
Lithuania  79–49  South Korea
4 September 2014
Australia  83–91  Angola
South Korea  71–87  Mexico
Lithuania  67–64  Slovenia

Final round[edit]

Round of 16 Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                           
6 September – Madrid            
  Spain  89
10 September – Madrid
  Senegal  56  
  Spain  52
6 September – Madrid
    France  65  
  Croatia  64
12 September – Madrid
  France  69  
  France  85
7 September – Madrid
    Serbia  90  
  Greece  72
10 September – Madrid
  Serbia  90  
  Serbia  84
7 September – Madrid
    Brazil  56  
  Brazil  85
14 September – Madrid
  Argentina  65  
  Serbia  92
6 September – Barcelona
    United States  129
  United States  86
9 September – Barcelona
  Mexico  63  
  United States  119
6 September – Barcelona
    Slovenia  76  
  Slovenia  71
11 September – Barcelona
  Dominican Republic  61  
  United States  96
7 September – Barcelona
    Lithuania  68   Third Place
  Lithuania  76
9 September – Barcelona 13 September – Madrid
  New Zealand  71  
  Lithuania  73   France  95
7 September – Barcelona
    Turkey  61     Lithuania  93
  Turkey  65
  Australia  64  

Round of 16[edit]

6 September 2014
16:00
v · t · e
United States 86–63  Mexico
Scoring by quarter: 23–13, 19–14, 24–11, 20–25
Pts: Curry 20
Rebs: Faried 8
Asts: Curry, Rose 4
Pts: Ayón 25
Rebs: Ayón 8
Asts: Gutiérrez 3
Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona
Attendance: 14,200
Referees: Eddie Viator (FRA), Carlos Julio (ANG), Oļegs Latiševs (LAT)
6 September 2014
18:00
v · t · e
France  69–64  Croatia
Scoring by quarter: 7–15, 16–7, 23–12, 23–30
Pts: Batum 14
Rebs: Gelabale 6
Asts: Diaw 5
Pts: Bogdanović 27
Rebs: Šarić 7
Asts: Lafayette 6
Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid
Attendance: 12,600
Referees: Anthony Jordan (USA), José Reyes (MEX), Borys Ryzhyk (UKR)
6 September 2014
20:00
v · t · e
Dominican Republic  61–71  Slovenia
Scoring by quarter: 15–15, 13–23, 20–16, 13–17
Pts: Feldeine 18
Rebs: Martínez 11
Asts: Feldeine 3
Pts: Z. Dragić 18
Rebs: Slokar 6
Asts: G. Dragić 6
Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona
Attendance: 10,324
Referees: Christos Christodoulou (GRE), Alejandro Chiti (ARG), Juan González (ESP)
6 September 2014
22:00
v · t · e
Spain  89–56  Senegal
Scoring by quarter: 23–17, 18–11, 21–15, 27–13
Pts: P. Gasol 17
Rebs: M. Gasol, Ibaka 6
Asts: Rubio 6
Pts: Faye, Badji 12
Rebs: three players 7
Asts: D'Almeida 4
Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid
Attendance: 13,400
Referees: Sreten Radović (CRO), Matej Boltauzer (SLO), Robert Lottermoser (GER)
7 September 2014
16:00
v · t · e
New Zealand  71–76  Lithuania
Scoring by quarter: 9–23, 17–13, 24–22, 21–18
Pts: C. Webster 26
Rebs: Vukona 10
Asts: Penney 3
Pts: Valančiūnas 22
Rebs: Valančiūnas 13
Asts: Seibutis 5
Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona
Attendance: 7,783
Referees: Ilija Belošević (SRB), Alejandro Chiti (ARG), Ferdinand Pascual (PHI)
7 September 2014
18:00
v · t · e
Serbia  90–72  Greece
Scoring by quarter: 23–20, 23–22, 18–13, 26–17
Pts: Bogdanović 21
Rebs: Bjelica 10
Asts: Teodosić 5
Pts: Calathes 14
Rebs: Kaimakoglou 6
Asts: Printezis 5
Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid
Attendance: 13,100
Referees: Michael Aylen (AUS), Robert Lottermoser (GER), Stephen Seibel (CAN)
7 September 2014
20:00
v · t · e
Turkey  65–64  Australia
Scoring by quarter: 15–18, 19–17, 12–15, 19–14
Pts: Güler, Preldžić 16
Rebs: Preldžić 7
Asts: Tunçeri 3
Pts: Baynes 15
Rebs: Baynes 7
Asts: Dellavedova 5
Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona
Attendance: 6,339
Referees: Cristiano Maranho (BRA), Steven Anderson (USA), Oļegs Latiševs (LAT)
7 September 2014
22:00
v · t · e
Brazil  85–65  Argentina
Scoring by quarter: 13–21, 20–15, 24–13, 28–16
Pts: Neto 21
Rebs: Varejão 9
Asts: Varejão, Nenê 4
Pts: Prigioni 18
Rebs: Scola 7
Asts: Scola, Prigioni 3
Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid
Attendance: 13,450
Referees: Luigi Lamonica (ITA), Sreten Radović (CRO), Jorge Vázquez (PUR)

Quarterfinals[edit]

9 September 2014
17:00
v · t · e
Lithuania  73–61  Turkey
Scoring by quarter: 13–18, 20–10, 14–16, 26–17
Pts: Seibutis 19
Rebs: Valančiūnas 13
Asts: Seibutis, Pocius 3
Pts: Gönlüm 13
Rebs: Aşık 10
Asts: Preldžić 5
Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona
Attendance: 9,752
Referees: Juan González (ESP), Stephen Seibel (CAN), Eddie Viator (FRA)
9 September 2014
21:00
v · t · e
Slovenia  76–119 United States
Scoring by quarter: 22–29, 20–20, 22–37, 12–33
Pts: G. Dragić 13
Rebs: Balažič, Lorbek 6
Asts: G. Dragić 4
Pts: Thompson 20
Rebs: Davis 11
Asts: Rose 5
Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona
Attendance: 13,674
Referees: Cristiano Maranho (BRA), Robert Lottermoser (GER), Ferdinand Pascual (PHI)
10 September 2014
18:00
v · t · e
Serbia  84–56  Brazil
Scoring by quarter: 21–17, 16–15, 29–12, 18–12
Pts: Teodosić 23
Rebs: Bjelica 8
Asts: Bjelica 5
Pts: Varejão 12
Rebs: Varejão 9
Asts: Huertas 9
Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid
Attendance: 12,550
Referees: Steven Anderson (USA), José Reyes (MEX), Borys Ryzhyk (UKR)
10 September 2014
22:00
v · t · e
France  65–52  Spain
Scoring by quarter: 15–15, 20–13, 7–15, 23–9
Pts: Diaw 15
Rebs: Gobert 13
Asts: Heurtel, Diot 4
Pts: P. Gasol 17
Rebs: P. Gasol 8
Asts: Fernández 3
Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid
Attendance: 13,673
Referees: Luigi Lamonica (ITA), Michael Aylen (AUS), Oļegs Latiševs (LAT)

Semifinals[edit]

11 September 2014
21:00
v · t · e
United States 96–68  Lithuania
Scoring by quarter: 21–16, 22–19, 33–14, 20–19
Pts: Irving 18
Rebs: Gay 7
Asts: Irving 4
Pts: Valančiūnas, Kuzminskas 15
Rebs: Kuzminskas 9
Asts: Juškevičius, Seibutis 2
Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona
Attendance: 15,070
Referees: José Reyes (MEX), Matej Boltauzer (SLO), Sreten Radović (CRO)
12 September 2014
22:00
v · t · e
France  85–90  Serbia
Scoring by quarter: 15–21, 17–25, 14–15, 39–29
Pts: Batum 35
Rebs: Diaw 10
Asts: Heurtel 6
Pts: Teodosić 24
Rebs: Bjelica 7
Asts: Bjelica, Marković 5
Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid
Attendance: 13,470
Referees: Cristiano Maranho (BRA), Alejandro Chiti (ARG), Christos Christodoulou (GRE)

Third place playoff[edit]

13 September 2014
18:00
v · t · e
Lithuania  93–95  France
Scoring by quarter: 19–22, 23–21, 29–21, 22–31
Pts: Valančiūnas 25
Rebs: Valančiūnas 9
Asts: Seibutis 4
Pts: Batum 27
Rebs: Lauvergne 9
Asts: Diaw 4
Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid
Attendance: 11,800
Referees: Steven Anderson (USA), Ilija Belošević (SRB), Juan González (ESP)

Final[edit]

14 September 2014
21:00
v · t · e
United States 129–92  Serbia
Scoring by quarter: 35–21, 32–20, 38–26, 24–25
Pts: Irving 26
Rebs: Cousins 9
Asts: Rose 6
Pts: Bjelica, Kalinić 18
Rebs: Marković 6
Asts: Teodosić 7
Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid
Attendance: 13,673
Referees: Stephen Seibel (CAN), Borys Ryzhyk (UKR), Eddie Viator (FRA)

Statistics[edit]

Player tournament averages[edit]

Team tournament averages[edit]

Tournament game highs[edit]

Statistic Player Total Opponent (Date) Team Total Opponent (Date)
Points Angola Yanick Moreira 38  Australia (4 Sep) United States 129  Serbia (14 Sep)
Rebounds Turkey Ömer Aşık 20  Ukraine (2 Sep) United States 54  Slovenia (9 Sep)
Assists Senegal Xane D'Almeida
Brazil Raulzinho Neto
Argentina Pablo Prigioni
Greece Nikolaos Zisis
14 (OT)
10
10
10
 Philippines (4 Sep)
 Egypt (4 Sep)
 Puerto Rico (30 Aug)
 Croatia (3 Sep)
 Brazil 35  Egypt (4 Sep)
Steals Spain Ricky Rubio 7  Serbia (4 Sep) United States 18  Finland (30 Aug)
Blocks United States Anthony Davis 5  Dominican Republic (3 Sep)  Spain 13  Senegal (6 Sep)

Final rankings[edit]

Final rankings of teams.

Method of breaking ties:[29]

  • Ranked 17th–24th:
    1. Place in preliminary round group (5th placed teams ranked 17th–20th; 6th placed teams ranked 21st–24th)
    2. Win–loss record in preliminary round group
    3. Goal average in preliminary round group
  • Ranked 5th–16th:
    1. Furthest round eliminated
    2. Win–loss record in preliminary round group
    3. Place in preliminary round group
    4. Goal average in preliminary round group
  • Ranked 1st–4th:
    1. Result of final and third-place playoff
# Team Pld W L PF PA PD Preliminary round FIBA World Ranking
Grp Rank W–L GA Old New +/−
1st  United States 9 9 0 941 644 +297 C N/A 1 1 0
2nd  Serbia 9 5 4 743 720 +23 A 11 7 +4
Eliminated at the semifinals
3rd  France 9 6 3 690 656 +34 A N/A 8 5 +3
4th  Lithuania 9 6 3 693 654 +39 D 4 4 0
Eliminated at the quarterfinals
5th  Spain 7 6 1 581 435 +146 A 1st 5–0 1.4013 2 2 0
6th  Brazil 7 5 2 557 482 +75 A 2nd 4–1 1.2492 10 9 +1
7th  Slovenia 7 5 2 572 554 +18 D 4–1 1.1364 13 13 0
8th  Turkey 7 4 3 491 509 –18 C 3–2 0.9812 7 8 –1
Eliminated at the round of 16
9th  Greece 6 5 1 486 439 +47 B 1st 5–0 1.1862 5 10 –5
10th  Croatia 6 3 3 478 467 +11 B 2nd 3–2 1.0402 16 12 +4
11th  Argentina 6 3 3 485 456 +29 B 3rd 3–2 1.1321 3 3 0
12th  Australia 6 3 3 468 438 +30 D 3–2 1.0831 9 11 –2
13th  Dominican Republic 6 2 4 408 457 −49 C 2–3 0.8990 26 20 +6
14th  Mexico 6 2 4 433 458 −25 D 4th 2–3 0.9946 24 19 +5
15th  New Zealand 6 2 4 418 452 −34 C 2–3 0.9229 19 21 –2
16th  Senegal 6 2 4 404 488 −84 B 2–3 0.8722 41 30 +11
5th place in preliminary round groups
17th  Angola 5 2 3 375 399 −24 D 5th 2–3 0.9398 15 16 –1
18th  Ukraine 5 2 3 344 369 −25 C 2–3 0.9322 45 40 +5
19th  Puerto Rico 5 1 4 388 446 −58 B 1–4 0.8700 17 15 +2
20th  Iran 5 1 4 344 406 −62 A 1–4 0.8473 20 17 +3
6th place in preliminary round groups
21st  Philippines 5 1 4 383 404 −21 B 6th 1–4 0.9480 34 31 +3
22nd  Finland 5 1 4 342 408 −66 C 1–4 0.8382 39 35 +4
23rd  South Korea 5 0 5 316 424 −108 D 0–5 0.7453 31 27 +4
24th  Egypt 5 0 5 311 486 −175 A 0–5 0.6399 46 41 +5

Awards[edit]

 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Champions 

United States
5th title
Most Valuable Player
United States Kyrie Irving

All-Tournament Team[edit]

Special Awards[edit]

  • Philippines Philippines - MVF Best Country (on Fan support throughout the tournament)

Controversies[edit]

Australia's alleged tanking[edit]

At their final group matches between Australia and Angola, Australia rested their key players towards the end of the game, allowing for Angola to win 91−83, after the Boomers led at the half by double-digits. Australia fell to third place, thereby allowing them to face the United States at the semifinals instead of the quarterfinals if they finished second. This so-called "tanking" was blasted by Goran Dragić, whose Slovenian team were defeated by Lithuania in the final group match, dropping them to second place, causing them to face the Americans instead in the quarterfinals if they reach that far. Dragic implored on FIBA "to do something about" it.[30]

Right after Australia's elimination by Turkey in the first round, FIBA announced that the Boomers were under investigation for tanking. Australia coach Andrej Lemanis rejected the accusation that they tanked, saying he rested his players for the next stage due to the heavy tournament schedule, adding that "We always, as Australians, compete the right way."[31]

On 26 November 2014, Australia was cleared of tanking by FIBA.[32][33][34][35]

Marketing[edit]

Road show and trophy tour[edit]

A tour of the Naismith Trophy was held to promote the event. The trophy was on display at the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans in February 2014, then the tour visited several countries in Latin America, Europe and the Philippines from April to mid-July.[36] It also visited South Africa during the finals of the South African Premier Basketball League in August.[37]

Prior to this, FIBA and the Spanish Basketball Federation held a road show that ran from 2012 to 2014 visiting key Spanish cities, with the some of the final stops being the host cities, and at Ljubljana, Slovenia during FIBA EuroBasket 2013.[38]

Ball[edit]

On 30 January, FIBA revealed the official ball that would be used in the World Cup. Designed by Molten, it "will be the first time ever a custom designed basketball has been developed exclusively for an individual event".[39]

Mascots[edit]

On 31 January, FIBA revealed the mascots of the World Cup: Olé and Hop. Olé and Hop's name came from the word "alley-oop"; they are directly inspired from the 2014 World Cup logo, and will have a tour of host cities leading up to the championship.[40]

Theme song[edit]

"Sube la Copa" by Huecco was named the official theme song of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. The song, starting from 27 August, can be downloaded on iTunes, Spotify and Deezer, with all of the proceeds going to the FEB's Casa Espana, Huecco's Fundacion Dame Vida, and FIBA's International Basketball Foundation.[41]

Referees[edit]

The following referees were selected for the tournament.[42]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  42. ^ Referees

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