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FIBA World Cup knockout round bracket set

Sep 4, 2014, 6:19 PM EDT

Anthony Davis, Eloy Vargas Anthony Davis, Eloy Vargas

The U8 girls AYSO “everyone gets to participate” part of the FIBA World Cup is over. (Not to knock U8 girls soccer, I’ll be coaching one of my daughters in it for the third straight year starting Saturday, but the goals there are just a little different than the professional level.)

We are into the 16-team, win-or-go-home knockout round. It’s a straight 16-team tournament now that will culminate on Sept. 14 in a gold medal game. Featuring the undefeated teams of the USA and Spain. Well, technically we don’t know the participants yet but if you’ve watched the group play it’s clear there are two super teams and about six others who could potentially win the bronze.

The USA opens the knockout games Saturday at 10 am Eastern taking on Mexico in Barcelona.

Below are the bracket matchups for the next round of the FIBA World Cup (if/when the USA beats Mexico it takes on the Dominican Republic/Slovenia winner, and so on). If you’re first instinct is “man the USA lucked into the soft side of the bracket” your instinct would be correct.

Barcelona bracket


Dominican Republic

New Zealand


Madrid bracket





  1. asimonetti88 - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Let’s go USA!

  2. tomtravis76 - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    How are the ratings? There just doesn’t seem to be any excitement for this World Cup and now having to compete in the US for viewers with football,just tough.

    I did see a a few minutes of Spain playing. Why don’t the European players or guys from a team like Spain try and use the Team USA model of forming super groups in the NBA?

    • Lujah - Sep 5, 2014 at 5:33 AM

      I don’t really care about FIBA but I do like to see our players play. I just don’t know when these games come on. I always end up watching a replay on nbatv and they only show replays once. While the rest of their programming is usually filled with junk. At least show it twice.

  3. HitsDingers - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Are these matchups based on records? They sure look like they were driven by expected ratings…

  4. cantonbound13 - Sep 5, 2014 at 4:12 AM

    Does anyone care?

  5. hubermeersmans - Sep 6, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    there is a mistake there, Spain faces Senegal, not Croatia

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