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Exclusive coverage of KU men's basketball at the 2015 World University Games in South Korea.
Members of the Kansas University basketball team, who won a gold medal representing Team USA during the recent World University games in South Korea are given a standing ovation as they are welcomed home during a ceremony Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Hoglund Ballpark.

Warm welcome: About 1,000 fans cheer gold medalists

The theme song from “Rocky” and Queen’s “We Are The Champions” played on the sound system at Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday as the Jayhawks’ World University Games gold-medal-winning basketball team exited the team bus, then marched through a gate toward the pitcher’s mound. By Gary Bedore

July 16, 2015

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Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden Jr. rack up Games honors

The Kansas University men’s basketball team’s 8-0 run while representing Team USA in South Korea earlier this month earned Frank Mason III, Wayne Selden Jr. and Perry Ellis spots on the All-World University Games teams from Eurobasket.com.

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Selfs get father-and-son time in South Korea

Had Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self been called to lead a select team to represent the United States at the World University Games, instead of his own Jayhawks, he wouldn’t have been able to spend some quality time in South Korea with his son, Tyler. By Bobby Nightengale

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SMU's Moore, Florida Gulf Coast's DeBose enjoyed filling in for KU

Florida Gulf Coast senior guard Julian DeBose and SMU senior guard Nic Moore joined Kansas University in representing the United States’ men’s basketball team this summer at the World University Games following injuries to Jayhawks Brannen Greene and Devonté Graham. Both KU fill-ins were thrilled to represent their country and learn from their short-term teammates. By Bobby Nightengale

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Jayhawks counted on junior point guard Frank Mason III at Games

Kansas University junior point guard Frank Mason III was confident in the final minutes of the United States’ men’s basketball team’s 84-77, double-overtime victory over Germany on Monday at Yeomju Gymnasium. His teammates were even more confident. By Bobby Nightengale

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Column: U.S. 'next plays' its way to victory

If your goal is to minimize the gold medal that Kansas-dominated Team USA won in the World University Games, you can find fodder to do so. By Tom Keegan

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Jayhawks honored to win gold at World University Games

With the final seconds running off the clock in the United States’ men’s basketball team’s 84-77, double-overtime victory in the World University Games championship against Germany on Monday at Yeomju Gymnasium, Kansas University junior Wayne Selden Jr. flung the ball as high as he could, setting off a wild celebration. By Bobby Nightengale

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Gold-medal winning Jayhawks to be welcomed home Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark

The gold medal winners are expected to return home Wednesday and will be welcomed back inside Kansas' Hoglund Ballpark. Doors will open at Kansas' baseball stadium, just south of Allen Fieldhouse, at 6 p.m. with the USA, which consists primarily of KU student-athletes and staff, expected to arrive at 7 p.m.

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Bill Self would like another opportunity with USA basketball in future

In the past, Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self had worked with a couple of select teams for international exhibition games, but the World University Games was his first experience coaching a USA national team. Despite using a university team instead of a select team, Self wants to coach USA basketball teams in the future. By Bobby Nightengale

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Jayhawks aim to carry Games success into upcoming season

After the United States’ men’s basketball team earned gold medals in the World University Games with an 84-77, double-overtime victory over Germany on Monday, the Jayhawks’ focus turned to carrying the experience into the 2015-16 NCAA season. By Bobby Nightengale

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Germans lament blown opportunities in double overtime loss

Watching the United States’ men’s basketball team celebrate its World University Games gold medal, Germany’s men’s basketball players stood on the other side of the court with their hands on their heads after USA’s 84-77, double-overtime victory on Monday at Yeomju Gymnasium. By Bobby Nightengale

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Grind for gold: Team USA outlasts Germany in double overtime

Whenever the United States’ men’s basketball team needed a basket in the final minutes of the World University Games championship on Monday, the Jayhawks turned to Kansas University junior point guard Frank Mason III. He led the Jayhawks to a gold medal in an 84-77 thriller, in double-overtime, against Germany at Yeomju Gymnasium, marking the first U.S. gold at the games since 2005, and 14th all time. By Bobby Nightengale

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Germany hopes size, defense can disrupt Team USA offense in gold-medal game

When the final buzzer sounded on Sunday, German players and coaches were excited about their 59-49 semifinal win against Brazil. But they knew they still had work to do. Germany will face the United States men’s basketball team in the World University Games gold-medal game, after the Jayhawks beat Russia, 78-68, at 9 p.m Monday (7 a.m. CDT on ESPNU) at Yeomju Gymnasium. By Bobby Nightengale

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Notebook: Ellis breaks out in USA's semifinal victory

Kansas University senior forward Perry Ellis opened Sunday’s 78-68 victory over Russia in the World University Games semifinals with a dunk on the first possession, breaking past the defense in transition. Then Ellis missed his next six shots from the field. But his teammates told him to keep attacking. Ellis followed it up with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-21 shooting. By Bobby Nightengale

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

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 in an eventual 78-68 victory over Russia on Sunday at Dongkang College Gymnasium. By Bobby Nightengale

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Team USA looks to create offense against Russia in semifinals

Before the United States men’s basketball team used its defense to create offense in the fourth quarter of its 70-48 victory against Lithuania on Saturday in the World University Games quarterfinals, the offense struggled. Finding a better offensive rhythm will be a focus against Russia in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Sunday (4:30 a.m. CDT on ESPNU) at Dongkang College Gymnasium.

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Lithuania goes cold in World University Games quarterfinal loss to U.S.

After averaging 86 points per game in pool play, Lithuania couldn’t get any offense going in a 70-48 loss to the United States men’s basketball team on Saturday at Dongkang College Gymnasium.  By Bobby Nightengale

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Landen Lucas rebounds against Lithuania

Kansas University junior forward Landen Lucas bounced back in a big way in Team USA’s 70-48 victory over Lithuania on Saturday at Dongkang Gymnasium. Lucas scored seven points (3-of-5 shooting) and added a game-high nine rebounds in 20 minutes. By Bobby Nightengale

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Locked in: Team USA one step closer to World University Games gold

The United States men’s basketball players couldn’t find any rhythm on offense in the third quarter against Lithuania in the World University Games quarterfinals on Saturday at Dongkang College Gymnasium.  So in the fourth quarter, they turned to their defense to create opportunities. The Jayhawks scored 15 straight points to earn a 70-48 victory and advance to the tournament semifinals. By Bobby Nightengale

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Lithuania 'excited' for quarterfinals matchup against USA

Playing for a spot in the World University Games quarterfinals, Lithuania hit big shots in the fourth quarter to beat Australia, 74-67, on Thursday at DongKang College Gymnasium. Lithuania’s reward for the victory is a matchup with the United States men’s basketball team at noon Saturday (10 p.m. Friday on ESPNU). By Bobby Nightengale

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Notebook: Mickelson takes advantage of playing time

After Kansas University senior forward Hunter Mickelson scored 14 points and added seven rebounds in USA’s 66-65 win against Serbia on Wednesday, coach Bill Self declared the trip to Korea “the Hunter Mickelson coming out party.” By Bobby Nightengale

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Overseas KU fans take advantage of 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity'

More than 6,000 miles away from Lawrence, across the Pacific Ocean, Kansas University men’s basketball players have been supported by a number of fans who do the Rock Chalk chant at the end of games or chant “U-S-A” during the games. Drew Mountain, 30, was one of those fans Wednesday in USA’s 66-65 victory against Serbia. By Bobby Nightengale

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Notebook: Freshman Lagerald Vick shows signs of 'elite' future

With the starters off of the court, Kansas University freshman guard Lagerald Vick made the most of his minutes in USA’s 96-57 victory against Switzerland on Thursday at DongKang College Gymnasium. By Bobby Nightengale Jr.

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No letdown: Team USA finishes pool play with flair

With six minutes left in the third quarter against Switzerland on Thursday, Kansas University senior forward Hunter Mickelson sprinted to mid-court for a loose ball. It didn’t matter that the United States men’s basketball team had already secured a spot in the World University Games quarterfinals. It didn’t matter that the Jayhawks had a 25-point lead on their way to a 96-57 victory at DongKang College Gymnasium. Mickelson wasn’t giving up on the play. By Bobby Nightengale Jr.

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Notebook: Serbia zone troubles Team USA

In the second quarter of Team USA’s narrow 66-65 Wednesday victory, Serbia switched to a hybrid 2-3 zone that caused problems for the Jayhawks.  By Bobby Nightengale Jr.

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Serbia 'unlucky' in final minute against USA

Serbian players were confident they would find a way to win after climbing back from a five-point deficit in the final minutes of USA’s 66-65 victory on Wednesday at DongKang College Gymnasium. By Bobby Nightengale Jr.

July 2015

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