Kansas defeats Russia, 77-68

  • 4:30 a.m., July 12, 2015
  • Gwangju, South Korea,

Sunday, July 12, 2015

One more: Team USA advances to the gold-medal game with 78-68 victory

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) slams down a dunk late in a Team USA 78-68 semifinal victory over Russia on Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the World University Games in South Korea.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) slams down a dunk late in a Team USA 78-68 semifinal victory over Russia on Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the World University Games in South Korea.


— Motivated by early exits from the NCAA Tournament for the past two seasons, Kansas University junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. wants to lead the Jayhawks to the next level.

He's getting an early start this summer.

Selden lifted the United States' men’s basketball team to the World University Games’ gold-medal game, drilling a go-ahead three-pointer with 6:25 remaining in an eventual 78-68 victory over Russia on Sunday at Dongkang College Gymnasium.

It’s the first time the U.S. will play for gold since 2005 and the first medal since 2009. The Jayhawks will face Germany for the gold medal at 9 p.m. Monday (7 a.m. CDT on ESPNU) at Yeomju Gymnasium.

After Selden’s three gave the Jayhawks a two-point lead, he grabbed a rebound and carried the ball down the court for an acrobatic, spinning layup. SMU senior guard Nic Moore followed with a long jumper, and KU senior forward Perry Ellis added a layup, helping USA grab a 70-64 lead.

“We’ve just been working,” said Selden, who finished with 22 points (9-of-14 shooting) and six rebounds in 39 minutes. “Everybody has been in the gym. We’ve been working hard because we feel like we just have something to prove, and we have a lot of unfinished business. We never really touched where we could be at (last season). We never really got to where we could be at as a team, and we really want to achieve that this year.”

After Russia cut the margin to 70-65 with four minutes left, Selden caught the ball in the left corner, drove past a big man who was running toward him and flushed a one-handed slam to give the Jayhawks a seven-point lead.

“How the cookie crumbles, I guess,” a smiling Selden said of his big plays in the fourth quarter throughout the tournament. “It’s just how it happened. My teammates found me when I was open. Landen (Lucas) saw me on the kick-out. Frank (Mason III) was driving the ball. Perry was driving the ball. We just made it happen.”

The undefeated Jayhawks owned a 61-49 lead in the third quarter when KU junior forward Lucas went on a personal 7-0 run with two layups plus a bucket-and-the-foul, then assisted on a layup for freshman forward Carlton Bragg, and Selden drained a three.

But Russia responded with a 13-0 run over the next five minutes when the Jayhawks missed seven shots and turned the ball over five times. Russian guard Nikita Barinov put his team in front with a layup-and-the-foul bucket for a 62-61 advantage.

“I think we just gave up some good looks,” said Mason, who had 10 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and five turnovers in 38 minutes. “Guys didn’t fight through the screens, and they’ve got some good shooters on their team. They knocked the shots down, which led to a run. After that, we just got stops, and that helped us out.”

Then Selden went on a quick 5-0 run, started by his step-back three-pointer, and the Jayhawks never trailed again.

“He’s been superior to everybody,” Kansas coach Bill Self said of Selden. “He played to his athletic ability. Shot selection was terrific. And, of course, he only played 38 or 39 minutes. He and Frank, we couldn’t take them out with Nic getting in foul trouble. Yeah, he played great.”

Mason added: “I have a lot of confidence in Wayne. He’s showed it all tournament. He’s been the best player here so far. Hopefully he can keep that going tomorrow and get the gold.”

Ellis led the Jayhawks with a game-high 23 points, including 14 in the first half. He started 1-of-7 from the field but finished 8-of-21, adding four rebounds.

Russia trailed by six, 72-66, with just under three minutes remaining, but the Jayhawks forced two misses on defense, and Ellis added a layup inside with 1:08 left for an eight-point lead.

“My teammates and stuff, man,” Ellis said of ability to break out of the slump. “They just tell me to keep attacking, ‘If you miss shots, oh well. Don’t get down. Just keep attacking and keep playing hard,’ and that’s what I kept doing. I fought through it.”

“I was expecting it,” Lucas added. “He was due for one of those games. Hopefully he can have another one tomorrow.”

After holding a three-point lead at halftime, the Jayhawks held Russia to 34 percent shooting in the second half and forced nine turnovers.

“The biggest thing … is that I thought the second half, when we kind of took the lead, we guarded them much better,” Self said. “Their ball movement wasn’t near as good the second half as it was the first half.”

Germany advanced to the gold medal game with a 58-48 victory over Brazil on Sunday afternoon. Bogdan Radosavljevic led the undefeated German team with a game-high 11 points and 13 rebounds.

“Since I’ve been here, we’ve done good in the conference but postseason play we haven’t been able to do what we’ve wanted to do,” Selden said. “And that’s what we’re working toward. We’re working to get this gold tomorrow, but this is just a step in our process.”

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Suzi Marshall 5 years, 7 months ago

It’s unbelievable to think the Hawks will be playing for a Gold Medal for the USA after remarkable win vs a big experienced defending gold medal Russian team!!!

This team’s resiliency is off the charts as demonstrated by their ability to come back from a Russian 13-0 run, which included Streblkov’s half-court bank to take a 12-point cushion to a point deficit. It looked dim for the team until Selden’s heroic personal 5-point response has firmly established him as the team leader we always expected him to be. After suffering a year with no leadership, this year’s team seems to be well led because in addition to Selden, we have tough as nails Frank Mason and a determined Perry Ellis. It’s apparent Ellis is going to have a huge year because of the offensive load he carries, i.e. over 28 minutes taking 21 of the team’s 66 shots resulting in a team high 23 points.

With Ellis sucking up all the time at the 4 and Bragg certain to claim the few remaining minutes the battle at the 5 spot will be really hot. Mickleson is showing a determined effort, with Lucas not backing down. With Diallo siting back in Lawrence ready to stake his claim, Traylor might have a hard time finding the court for his senior season.

Speaking of guys still in Lawrence, it’s hard to believe this team, which will be playing for a gold medal, still has Mykailiuk, Greene, Graham and Diallo missing and ready to make significant contributions.

Note to Big 12 Officials - Take note how traveling is bing called in these games.

Jay Scott 5 years, 7 months ago

It would be nice to see Perry not take a few of the shots today....He wasted several possessions with bad shot selection.

Jerry Walker 5 years, 7 months ago

Geezus man, is that the best you can do?

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

I don't know Gerry...Ellis only hit 38% of his shots. Maybe being more selective isn't a bad idea.

John Randall 5 years, 7 months ago

An agressive Perry Ellis keeps a lot of the pressure off his teammates. Opponents spend a lot of their defensive focus because they are afraid of the effort and skills Perry puts into every situation.

Clarence Haynes 5 years, 7 months ago

It wasn't a function of his taking a lot of bad shots, Perry was being guarded and dwarfed by a 7 footer! Once he figured that pulling the big out and then taking and beating him to the basket, he became much more effective. His jumper was effective also.

Mark Lindrud 5 years, 7 months ago

I would not say that Ellis can't take shots, but know where his best opportunity to get shots is. When he took the Russian giant that was guarding him to the outside, his shots were able to fall because he could out quick him.

Humpy Helsel 5 years, 7 months ago

I disagree, Jay. I get as frustrated with Perry as anybody, but that kid needs to do just what he did today. Keep playing and keep shooting. He is such an over-thinker and so conscientious, that he needs more of Nic and Frank in him. Just keep pulling the trigger. No conscience. He is so good, he is capable of exploding for 30 at any time. It is all in that young man's mind. Play through, Perry, play through.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 7 months ago

Regardless of Ellis' shooting percentage, he needs to keep taking a big offensive load for the team to be successful like we all want. It's all about Ellis getting comfortable. After seeing him play for +3 years, we know he'll get to there. We all want Ellis and the team to be clicking on all cylinders by January 30th when UK visits Lawrence.

Rodney Crain 5 years, 7 months ago

Ellis not only took poor shots to begin with, early in the shot clock without even trying to run a play in the first quarter, he was a mess on the defense side and made a terrible turnover during a Russian run at the end of the 3rd quarter. He let his man get open 3 point shots over and over in the first half. Really made us work so much harder than need be on defense. We had to take him out of the game he was killing us.

Between Perry and Moore we won despite them more so than because of them. As I said on another article Perry gets his points cause he stays aggressive but he was not our best, second best or even third best player or reason we beat the Russians. I will take Wayne, Hunter and Frank as the players who actually played better games than Perry yesterday.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

I think Moore needs to continue his shooting if for no other reason then to keep the defense from being able to sag closer to the basket but I agree Rodney when it comes to Ellis. Ellis is without doubt better than he was when he first got to Kansas but he has never really made any huge strides. His improvement has been slower although steady. He really needs to work on his shot selection. Defensively, he is usually pretty sound but last night was not one of his better efforts.

Ellis is a team player and we are a better team with him than without him. Also, he did lead the team in scoring against Russia so that should be taken under account. I would just like to see him tighten up on some of his shot selections. His footwork is usually outstanding but he doesn't seem to finish nearly enough.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 7 months ago

WTF is the matter with the USA Basketball site -

I get the hype over the Pam Am games and the ladies playing for the gold medal at the WUG but not at all a mention about the men. Seems very strange that an elite team from Kansas, the cradle of the global sport, and an elite program, which is playing for a gold medal after a HUGE win vs Russia, does not get a mention of any type.

Speaking of pub. Thank you ESPN for covering the games but so far there has not been a mention on SportsCenter, even after the Russian win that sets us up to play for the first US gold medal in a decade.

The uniform thing to commence the games is making it clear that there is a big story behind the scenes.

Ashwin Rao 5 years, 7 months ago

I had the same questions... weird that there is no coverage on ESPN, and other sports sites.

John Randall 5 years, 7 months ago

My thinking is that KU/USA has been quietly motivated by the piss-poor coverage, not only of the WUG itself, but also of the achievements of what may be the best American team outside the NBA. If we need incentive, ESPN is doing a fine job. I hope to see more crappy treatment today and through the NCAA season from this piece-of-excrement conglomeration of networks.

Clarence Haynes 5 years, 7 months ago

Selden's dunk on the 7 footer should be a top 10 highlight! Anyway, the Pan Am Games tend to be a bigger deal, plus it is happening in Toronto where because of the time difference there is probably more media coverage. Agree however, that WUG coverage leaves a lot to be desired. Our Sports Information folks at KU need to pick it up as no one else seems to be doing it!

Priest Fontaine 5 years, 7 months ago

I agree Suzi. I can't find any articles on and no sports sites have mentioned anything. Only articles I've find are from local (KS or KC) media.

Mike Riches 5 years, 7 months ago

Obviously the USA playing for the gold medal isn't nearly important as what DeAndre Jordan had for breakfast...

Rodney Crain 5 years, 7 months ago

Suzi, this is a second tier tournament, event. This year is the first time we have won more than 50 medals, heck Korea is killing everyone in the medal count, Korea...

The FIBA U19 and even the Pan AM games are much bigger and important. This is a great experience for us, nice that we are winning but this is not that big a deal on the world stage. Its nice that we have a chance to win the gold, but its not that newsworthy.

It is a huge deal to us, from both a practice and confidence standpoint. The Freshman are getting a FF toward a normal year of about 2-3 months of development. Vick, Bragg are going to really benefit from this, everyone is going to get a medal and all in all its been a fantastic trip.

Its fine we don't need a pat on the back, like the cheshire cat we will be smiling in March and April thinking back to this event when our team is playing tough physical games, our backs are to the wall in some game and we are thinking these guys are nothing compared to the Russians. We can win this game.

I will take that everyday.

Matt Woolley 5 years, 7 months ago

It may be a 2nd tier tourney, but UK played in a made up event last summer and got a RIDICULOUS amount of coverage.

I guess if I have one bad thing to say about Bill is that he doesn't get us in the national spotlight nearly as much as Coach Cal. Which is funny because it isn't like Lexington, Kentucky is some giant market. Coach Cal is just better at marketing himself.

Benz Junque 5 years, 7 months ago

USA Basketball = Nike Kansas Basketball = Adidas

Not complicated

Priest Fontaine 5 years, 7 months ago

Looks like stopped updating any articles or updates for the men's WUG after 2013. Not sure why.

Gregor Southard 5 years, 7 months ago

NBC Sports has had an article after each game.

Forrest Ranjer 5 years, 7 months ago

I was concerned about the Russian's but actually think the Serb's were tougher. It was nice to see Lucas bounce back. The way he's been banging in these games makes me wonder how hard he and Mickelson are going against each other in practice. Wish Traylor would stop with the head wave and dropped shoulders after each offensive/defensive blunder. Seems to be thinking too much. Moore seems to be having a great time getting to play with a great team. Bet he misses them in November! Are Vick's eyes really that big, or is that "deer in the headlight" syndrome. I think they're just really that big. Perry has some of the sweetist spin moves. For the tournament, Seldon has been the man. Mason is the rock.

In terms of the world knowing Jayhawks are representing the US, was in Lawrence Friday night for an event, stopped at a bar to watch game before coming home. Outside of the four of us, the crowded bar didn't even seem to notice KU was playing. Once or twice, people would look up when we cheered, but it didn't cause anyone to pay attention. We left before half, traveled back to KC, and then rewatched the whole game. Going to bed at 2:00am made it a bit tougher getting up at 4:15am today. But well worth seeing it live!

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 7 months ago

So glad to see Selden's effort and commitment to KU paying off. He came in as a possible "one and done" and then disappointed in some peoples' eyes. If he plays like this during the regular season and beyond, his stock with the NBA will soar, and he will have the opportunity to achieve the dreams he deserves.

It just goes to show that a little "seasoning" in college can be a worthwhile thing. Maybe his attitude and drive will rub off on our current and future recruits.

Mike Riches 5 years, 7 months ago

You're right about Selden being disappointing in some people's eyes. In my opinion this was not due to his play as much as the expectations for him. The truth is he's started every game since being at KU and we probably wouldn't have won #10 or #11 without him. He's had a decent freshman and sophomore campaign and looks ready for an explosive junior year!

Janet Olin 5 years, 7 months ago

I messed up, got the time of the Russia game wrong and missed it. Anybody know if it will be rebroadcast on ESPNU or MetroSports? I don't see anything listed on the U about it for the next 48 hours. Thanks.

Gerry Butler 5 years, 7 months ago

Man, I have to agree with just about everyone, on everything lol . I have been really disappointed on the ESPN home front, I mean not ONE word on SPORTS CENTER will someone please explain that to me. I mean yes we are representing the university of Kansas, BUT we are representing the U.S.A also and ESPN doesn't even say boo about how team U.S.A is doing? we have achieved better then the group of all stars they took over, when was the last time we medaled? 2005 was it? Just very disappointing not headline, but not a peep. I am so proud, so very proud of the way the guys have preformed & if we can just get Hunter, and Landon to give us just a little, like they have here along with Diallo I think we will be just fine in the middle. We really don't need a lot of scoring, yes we need some production like maybe 8-9 points or so a game, w have enough others for scoring but if we can get rebounds and defend I think the 5 will be ok. Been really impressed the effort LaGerald has given when on the floor, you can tell, you can just see he is gonna be a really good player, a natural scorer, the only thing I see with Carlton he needs some improvement on right now is his defense, which it will come, give him some time he is scrappy love it. Hunter has improved from what I see tremendously will help a lot All in All I think this could be a sweet year. ONE more game guys bring home the Gold, not that it seems important to anyone other then JayHawk nation but check this out COLLEGE BASKETBALL NATION: ignore us now, not recognize us now, UNDERSTAND US FEEL US LATER. ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

JD Roth 5 years, 7 months ago

Hunter Mickelson gives more than a little. Have you watched the games? Geez!

JD Roth 5 years, 7 months ago

They have replayed all the other games, so they will probably replay the Final Four games.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

Okay, I think if we win the gold that we should hang a banner in Allen Fieldhouse. I'm just wondering if others feel the same or not.

Benz Junque 5 years, 7 months ago

NO. This is not an accomplishment by a Kansas basketball team. This is an accomplishment by several members of a Kansas basketball team. Maybe if it was the Olympics, but the WUG Games doesn't merit this discussion.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

Disagree but appreciate your opinion. Would like to see some others.

Rodney Crain 5 years, 7 months ago

Banner, now thats funny, oh wait your serious. What do you think the WUG is, it is not that big of a deal? No one goes around waving their WUG banners??? You would have to explain what WUG is if we did that.

Let me ask you this, before we decided to play in this, have you ever heard of this event before? My guess is no.

Act like you have been a champion before.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

Just asking for opinions. No need for personal attacks.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 7 months ago

Rodney, I'm in Gerry's camp on this one. I don't care what tier the event or even the sport, when any team representing the USA is undefeated and going against an undefeated Russian team for either a Gold Medal or right to go forward to play for a is a very very big deal, as far as sports go, although I get that this is not the Olympics.

If we beat Germany for the Olympics, I hope Self does something special to memorialize the team and perhaps bring in the '52 Olympic team. I like Marius' idea of hanging a banner for both this team and our '52 team. We should also think about putting a couple of stars, possibly Gold, somewhere on our uniforms, perhaps over the names where we currently have the seven stars commemorating the '52 team.

Benz Junque 5 years, 7 months ago

"If we beat Germany for the Olympics"?

This has been a fun event and a great opportunity for the team but let's not lose our mind.

Rodney Crain 5 years, 7 months ago

Suzi hanging with Gerry is challenging, good luck with that...

You expectations about this event are way too far out over your skis. There is no way this has event has a 1/10th of the importance you think it has. Suzi we did not even have Team USA on our uniforms till FIBA told us to put it on there after game one. Our Program gets it and knows what the benefits are. Practice and playing time, international play. Thats it.

If we do beat Germany in the Olympics we should do something, for the WUG however, put the medal and trophy (?) in the case and focus on the season. Hang a banner? Gold Stars? You watching to much Woman's soccer. (Congrats to TEAM USA Woman btw who won a real World Tournament!)

Putting the WUG on equal footing with the Olympics is an inexcusable offense to the Olympics. SMH

Reel it in Suzi, this is fun, a great test and possibly a GOLD Medal trip. Great experience. Glad we went. Thinking it is on equal footing with what happened in 52, uh no.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 7 months ago

'cmon Benz, from the context, I hope it's clearly a mistype and should be "If we beat German for the WUG Championship." I'm not sure why but this site or my computer no longer allows an edit feature after posting.

Tony Bandle 5 years, 7 months ago

If[when] we beat Germany, counting the practice games [Canada twice plus China, five WUG prelims and three medal rounds, the two Kansas exhibition season starters and 40 games to the NC game, Kansas will have played 53 games for the '15-'16 season!!

That must be some kind of NCAA record!!!!

Where does Perry fit in the NBA scheme of things? Ball-handling deficiencies preclude point guard, lack of consistent outside shot eliminates two guard, too small for center, not strong enough for power forward, not quick enough for wing. A truly fine college player but an NBA "tweener" in every sense of the word.

A four year starter and a true Jayhawk who I will always cheer for, I am afraid Europe may be his final destination. Please someone refute each of my statements and I will gladly admit I am wrong.

Tony Bandle 5 years, 7 months ago

PS I think ESPN put Calipari in charge of WUG coverage!!!

Rodney Crain 5 years, 7 months ago

Your right Perry is not going to make it in the NBA, EURO, China, Russia is where he can make some money.

I agree Cal is all about self Promotion, we just do not do that at KU. I am ok with that.

Steve Zimmerman 5 years, 7 months ago

We need Mickelson. This guy has been very productive so far. Especially against teams with 7 footers.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

Mickelson best surprise of the tournament. Selden MVP IF we win.

Rodney Crain 5 years, 7 months ago

Agree, Wayne has been MOP, Hunter and Frank have been First All Tourney team for me. Game in game out they show up and play great ball for the whole game.

Gerry Butler 5 years, 7 months ago

HEY ! ! ! !.J.D SPARKY. if you had any concept ANY AT ALL would be valuable but h you don't.I wasn't sayin that's all Hunter was giving us, I know he is giving us more then just a little Einstein . I'm saying IF he gives us just a little we will be fie, the 5 spot can be played by committee if need be. DAM man, if really really amazes me how certain people here are ALWAYS trying to talk smack on other posters instead of really focusing on what the real meaning this site is about, these type of people are always bitching, whining about what people say taking out of context, probably reason being is they have nothing informative tey can come up with. If you can only to take shots at other posters trying to chop up other comments but yet you have NOTHING, then step the f - - - back up off me, this really gets old. no wonder this site as lost o many posters to other KU sites, J>D buddy understand the concept before you open your mouth and just grasp at what I'm saying. Again I fully realize what Hunter has done, and AGAN I'm saying IF he can just give a little, no saying he hasn't given ALOT dam man THIS GETS SO OLD. here to talk basketball and a few all ya all want to do is bitch on other posts having no REAL CLUE roflmfao, and before you come back weakly and say that's what I'm doing is talking smack DAMM STRAIGHT SKIPPY I am not going to let some one try an take shots that as nothing to do with anything, if you wanna whine, bitch complain take a little cruise down I-70 got all kinds of whines there which brings me to this question what was your last name again? it says ROTH, but fooled me could of swore its whiner. ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY. thanks for your great input there J.D & have a great day. ANYONE wanna talk KU BASKETBALL instead of trying weakly critique others posts?

JD Roth 5 years, 7 months ago

KU wins Gold so enjoy it Gerry and remember RELAX!!!!

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

JD..I thought the stress was about to do me in. I wish I could relax when KUBB is on.

Willing to take suggestions : )

Mick Allen 5 years, 7 months ago

Frank and Wayne for co-mvp. Mason was our mvp in the championship. When we were down Frank made every big play to keep us in the game. Nick had another poor shooting night but his steal on the in bounds and 2 free throws were huge. A very resilient group. Won the ballgame shooting 35%. Great job by Coach. As Susie noted, we won this with 4 0f our top 9 players not even there. Once again there are not going to be enough minutes this season for some very capable players to get on the court.

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