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Kansas defeats Chile, 106-41

  • 12:30 a.m., July 6, 2015
  • Maun Indoor Gymnasium, Jeollnamdo, South Korea,

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Jayhawks start fast; USA blows out Chile, 106-41

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) drives to the basket in a 106-41 Team USA win against Chile Tuesday, July 7, at the World University Games in South Korea.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) drives to the basket in a 106-41 Team USA win against Chile Tuesday, July 7, at the World University Games in South Korea.

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— Five seconds into Tuesday’s game against Chile, SMU senior guard Nic Moore drained a three-pointer from the right wing.

That set the tone for the United States/Kansas University men’s basketball team in a 106-41 blowout victory at Muan Indoor Court in the World University Games.

The Jayhawks (3-0) made their first five shots, jumping to a 13-2 lead. Moore drilled another three, KU junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. made a three, senior forward Perry Ellis dropped in a floater, and freshman forward Carlton Bragg nailed a jumper near the free-throw line.

They never slowed down, taking a 47-19 lead at halftime before outscoring Chile, 59-22, in the second half. USA was forced to run up the score because point differential is the tiebreaker among three-way ties in the pool standings. USA is now in first place with a plus-83 point differential.

“Coach really emphasized, ‘Don’t ease up. Keep your foot on the pedal,’” said Ellis, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes. “We did that.”

The Jayhawks opened the second quarter with a 12-2 run, highlighted by two more triples from Moore, who had 15 points and two steals in 25 minutes. Ellis and KU junior point guard Frank Mason III added three points each in the run.

“Coach, my teammates just telling me to keep shooting,” Moore said of his hot start after he was held scoreless when he fouled out in 10 minutes against Brazil on Sunday. “Telling me I was a good shooter, and they did a good job of finding me early. Just the encouragement of all of the guys.

“That first one, when I see that goes down, I just know that I’m going to have a good night and just keep shooting. It showed up tonight.”

After Moore put on a display with his three-point shooting, that was only the first act for USA’s backcourt. Mason scored eight straight points in a 13-1 run to end the first half.

Mason didn’t stop there. The 5-foot-11 guard scored 10 points in the first five minutes of the third quarter, draining two three-pointers and driving through contact for a layup-and-the-foul.

“I was just getting into the paint,” said Mason, who had 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc. “It was there. Open shots, and I knocked them down. They just gave me confidence moving forward.”

Kansas coach Bill Self added: “(Moore) and Frank hadn’t made any shots since we’ve been here. I believe Nic goes 5-of-10 from three … Frank goes 3-of-(6) and Wayne goes 3-of-3, so your three starting guards are 11-of-19 from three, which is pretty good. You’re not going to lose a lot of games when you shoot the ball that well.”

In the final three minutes of the third quarter, KU senior forward Hunter Mickelson scored eight points in a 16-2 run, while Selden added four points and an assist.

“Nic came out hitting big shots,” Selden said. “That carried us. That was some good momentum we had there. Then it just carried us through the game.

“We came out, and we just played. Everybody was clicking on all cylinders. Frank had a great game. Perry played great. A lot of guys really stepped up today.”

The Jayhawks played a run-and-jump defense around half-court for most of the second half, forcing 13 turnovers while Chile shot 8-for-30 (27 percent) from the field. USA outrebounded Chile, 52-28, with 20 offensive boards. KU junior Landen Lucas finished with a game-high 14 rebounds in 13 minutes to go along with six points.

Selden added 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes, while Mickelson had 16 points and five rebounds. Bragg, who was in the starting lineup, had seven rebounds and two points in 12 minutes.

But it was the backcourt that stood out in the blowout. USA’s Mason, Moore and Selden combined for 56 points on 66 percent shooting (19-of-29).

“We play off each other a lot,” Mason said. “We never know who’s going to get us off to a great start. We wish that it could be all three of us, but it don’t happen like that all the time. Today, Nic got us off to a great start shooting the ball, and, you know, me and Wayne came along.”

USA will play Serbia in a battle of the last two unbeaten teams in Pool D of the World University Games at noon Wednesday (10 p.m. Tuesday CDT). That game will be broadcast by ESPNU.

“Tomorrow will be a big-boy game, without question,” Self said. “Serbia is one of the best teams here. So it’ll be a big-boy game tomorrow.”


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Comments

Ashwin Rao 2 years, 5 months ago

Not sure why it is not natural to put a box-score in the article talking about a game... If anyone has one, please share.

Thanks!

Mike Riches 2 years, 5 months ago

Man I would have loved to have watched this game! Thank you for the highlights...nice to see KU players using the shot fake more. Interesting that Bragg started the game, I wonder if Self is not too happy with Traylor (again). I'm glad to see that our starters did play limited minutes in a 65 point blowout. I'm not a fan of the tie-breaker rule...that's got to be a tough experience for the Chilean players...

Glen Miller 2 years, 5 months ago

I would imagine it had more to do with tho opponent and the situation, than who the best 5 are. I'm not reading too much into it. He only played 12 minutes and I'm sure that it was partially to see how he meshed with the starting unit and trying out different combinations. This trip is just as much about finding out what we've got and who plays well together as it is winning games. More than likely Traylor will be coming off the bench this year, so this seems like a natural situation for him going forward. It just probably won't be Bragg who's starting, it will be Diallo.

Alan Dickey 2 years, 5 months ago

"USA will play Serbia in a battle of the last two unbeaten teams in Pool D..."

What is the significance of the 4 Pools? From looking at the WUG site, it appears that, on Saturday, after all teams in all Pools have played 5 games, the top-8 will play for the championship in a tourney. Is it true that the top 2 teams in each of the four Pools get to go? Or is it the top 8 teams overall?

Anyone know the current rankings?

Aaron Paisley 2 years, 5 months ago

Top two teams in each pool move on to the medal bracket and play an 8 team bracket to determine 1st though 8th. The 8 team bracket is set up like the 8 team tournaments such as Maui where all 8 teams will play 3 games to determine the order of finish.

Teams that finish 3rd and 4th in each pool will also play an 8 team bracket to determine 9th through 16th, and the 5th and 6th place teams in each pool will play an 8 team bracket to determine 17th through 24th.

Every team in the WUG will play 8 games (5 pool play and 3 bracket).

Marius Rowlanski 2 years, 5 months ago

Small wonder that the NCAA stopped playing a consolation game in the Final Four. Who gets motivated to play for 17th place?

Chad Dexter 2 years, 5 months ago

"Tuesday’s game will be broadcasted by ESPNU"

Broadcasted? Ugghhh. KUsports.com needs an online editor, apparently.

Did anyone see the game against Chile? It was posted on KUsports.com that the game was at 12:30am our time but I couldn't find it. Oh well. It looks like it would have been a snoozer.

Rodney Crain 2 years, 5 months ago

Chad, sorry Brett is not very tolerating or actually aware what is actually going on. Let me help.

Some of this has to do with the international date line. The Serbia game, Wed. in Korea, Tues. night here is televised. It will be on ESPNU tonight.

The Chile game was held in a very small gym that is not broadcasting any ones games. That game was played Tues. Korea time, Monday night our time. We tried to get Bobby to Periscope it, and even checked online if anyone on site was but no one did. Just a fluke and somewhat confusing with Korea being a day ahead. It was fun to follow along with Bobby last night as he did a great job of play by play opperator last night. KU Sports has it right above.

Tonight is the big game in pool play, Serbia is also 3-0 whoever wins has a clear path the winning our pool.

Marius Rowlanski 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks Rodney, guess I wasn't the only one who spent time looking for the game.

Brianna Zaleski 2 years, 5 months ago

Chad,

The game against Chile was not televised

Andrew Holmes 2 years, 5 months ago

I've been searching for the standings of all 4 pools to get a look at possible teams we could face in the bracket rounds. Does anyone have that information?

Humpy Helsel 2 years, 5 months ago

Nice win. Summer league pick up game. Tonight (tomorrow), back to the real deal. Man, I would like to see Landon show up against the likes of a team we face tonight. We need those bigs to play well against other bigs. Make no mistake, Serbia is licking their chops. Their chance to show their basketball against where it was invented and perfected.

Marius Rowlanski 2 years, 5 months ago

Agree Brett, Serbia looks to be the toughest competition that we will face and not just in our pool.

Andrew Holmes 2 years, 5 months ago

It looks as if the top 3 or 4 of Group D are better than the top 3 or 4 teams from the other groups. I think we get into the medal rounds.

Serbia, however, even with a win tonight has to be careful about Brazil. Brazil has a better point differential than Serbia (+79-+61) but will also have more to play for than Serbia when they meet. Brazil stands at 2-1 with their loss to the USA. They will have to beat Serbia to advance. If Serbia loses tonight and Brazil wins, their game could mean second place in the group. Should be an interesting last couple of games.

Regardless of what happens tonight I think we pretty much have a spot in the medal rounds locked up. If we lose, we play Switzerland, who is winless, to finish pool play. We'd have to wait to see if we have a better point differential than Brazil but only if Brazil beats Serbia. If Serbia wins out and we beat Switerland, we would be 2nd in the pool as everyone else would have at least 2 losses.

Marius Rowlanski 2 years, 5 months ago

As a fan, I agree. I just hope our team isn't taking anything for granted. I feel confident that HCBS won't let that happen.

Marius Rowlanski 2 years, 5 months ago

Nic Moore is a great example of why we should never take a mid-major for granted. I'm sure that he would be starting on more than a few scrolls from major conferences. With the right coach maxing out his players abilities, the talent level isn't as wide as most people think.

Darwin Dandy 2 years, 5 months ago

Great point about talent level because most of the time what I have found out the difference between good and great players are the IQ's and understanding of the game

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