Kansas defeats Team Canada, 87-76

  • 7 p.m., June 26, 2015
  • T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Selden powers KU to sweep of Canada

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) celebrates after a put-back dunk against Team Canada during the fourth quarter of Friday's World University Games exhibition at Sprint Center.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) celebrates after a put-back dunk against Team Canada during the fourth quarter of Friday's World University Games exhibition at Sprint Center.


— Wayne Selden Jr.’s junior year at Kansas University is off to a promising start.

“I think he’s played more explosively than he has the last two years. He seems more explosive,” KU coach Bill Self said Friday night after the 6-foot-5 Roxbury, Massachusetts, native scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Jayhawks’ 87-76 victory over Team Canada before 8,415 fans in Sprint Center.

Self is giving Selden, who had 13 points in Tuesday’s 91-83 victory over the same foe, the freedom to crash the offensive boards this season and he responded by grabbing five on Friday.

“I feel good. My body feels good. Our team is really coming together now. We’re playing with a lot of energy,” Selden said. “Not the whole game (but) I like the way our team is playing with energy.”

Selden hit 6-of-11 shots and seven of eight free throws Friday. He cashed three of five threes, his teammates hitting just two of 15 from beyond the arc.

“He was huge. He did real well,” said senior forward Perry Ellis, who scored 18 points and grabbed nine boards. “It’s a team where different guys can step up on different nights. It was great for him to do that.”

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Kansas coach Bill Self — and one of his "assistants," Max Falkenstien — address the media following the Jayhawks' World University Games tuneup against Canada, an 87-76 victory.

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Kansas basketball players Wayne Selden Jr., Perry Ellis and Hunter Mickelson field questions from the media following the Jayhawks' second exhibition victory over Canada, in preparation for the World University Games.

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KU actually had three players shine in this week’s pair of exhibition games vs. Canada.

Junior Frank Mason III, who scored 15 points, dished 11 assists with five rebounds and four steals Friday, averaged 21.5 points in the two wins. Selden and Ellis each averaged 17.5 points with nobody else in double figures.

“Maybe from the outside looking in,” Selden said, asked if the Jayhawks had a “Big Three” emerging this season. “For us, we know everybody has their job to do, certain things we have to do. There can never be a Big Three, especially in college basketball situation. We need everybody.”

“We’re playing in the team concept and playing hard, just going from there really,” Ellis said.

The Jayhawks, as they did in Tuesday’s win, trailed 35-25 in the second quarter on Friday.

KU, which had a big third quarter on Tuesday in outscoring Canada, 25-18, this time rolled in the fourth stanza, 29-16.

“We never panic. We’re at an even keel. We were never too high or low tonight,” Selden said. “We know you can’t hit a 10-pointer. We had to take our time.

“We’re getting older now. We’re starting to learn how to close out games,” Selden added, “how to take our time and execute down the stretch.”

KU used a 16-5 run to turn a 66-65 deficit into an 81-71 advantage. Ellis and Mason each had four points apiece to open the surge, while Carlton Bragg had four of the final eight points in the run and Selden and Mason two points apiece.

“Energy,” Self said. “Our guys played more minutes than their starters did, but we looked fresher I thought. What keys spurts is energy. Jamari (Traylor, six points, seven boards, two steals) sometimes can do that. Hunter (Mickelson, five points, three boards, one steal, one block) can be an energy guy and key spurts. Maybe our guys learned something tonight,” he added about showing energy that results in significant runs.

KU’s starters (Selden, Ellis, Mason, Traylor, Nic Moore) scored 68 points, the reserves 19.

“Julian (DeBose, four points, 1-of-4 shooting) has given us some good minutes. Lagerald (Vick, four points, three boards, two turnovers) he’s not ready yet,” Self said. “Carlton gave us (production) late (six points, four boards).

“The reality is we’re not taking five of our players off our team (to South Korea for July 3-14 World University Games). I want to go play well over there and win. The biggest thing this is doing is help prepare our guys for next year, too,” Self added.

KU will be without Devonté Graham (quad injury), Brannen Greene (hip injury) and foreign players Svi Mykhailiuk, Cheick Diallo and Dwight Coleby.

“I think these two games have prepared us well,” Ellis said. “That’s a good (Canada) team. I feel it’ll help us going forward. It’s been a good opportunity for us to get these two games before we go.”

This, that: KU broadcaster Max Falkenstien served as honorary coach during the game. He attended the postgame news conference and even fielded one question from the media. ... Self said Devonté Graham would be making the trip to South Korea because he needs to complete work in the class on Korea he’s enrolled in this semester. ... KU’s first official game in the University Games is against Turkey at 10 p.m., Central time, July 3. It’ll be on ESPNU. KU will play China in an exhibition at 3 a.m., Central time, Thursday, July 2, in South Korea.

Bad hand comment revisited: Self says former KU forward Cliff Alexander, who was not taken in the NBA Draft on Thursday, has been getting a bad rap for saying in an interview before the draft he was “dealt a bad hand,” at KU.

“It wasn’t anything negative toward Kansas at all saying he got dealt a bad hand. I asked him about it. He said, ‘Coach that’s what you told me.’ I said, ‘You’re exactly right, bud, that’s exactly what I told you,’’’ Self said.

“It’s what I told Cliff all along. He got dealt a bad hand with the NCAA situation (sitting last eight games because of an investigation into his mom receiving improper benefits from a third party),” Self added.

Self said he spoke highly of the 6-8 forward to NBA teams.

“He was the best player in the gym after he was declared ineligible. There’s no question. He was great. You could ask anybody. He was aggressive offensively, had a free mind. Of course there was no pressure. He was the best player in the gym. We told every NBA team he was at that particular moment,” Self said.

Chukwu to visit Syracuse: Paschal Chukwu, a 7-foot-2 former Providence center, will visit Syracuse this weekend, reports. He’s already visited KU, Virginia, Michigan State, Iona and Nebraska. If he chooses KU, he’ll pay his own way next season and be eligible as a sophomore in 2016-17.

More news and notes from Kansas vs. Canada


Shannon Gustafson 6 years, 10 months ago

Selden did look great tonight. He also looks quicker and bouncier. Not sure if it's just that he's fresh, or that he's healthy, or what exactly it is but he is playing different than I've seen in his career thus far. He's had great "above the rim" plays multiple times in each game and he struggled with those last year (many missed dunks).

Bragg LOVES the free throw corner jumper. If he catches the ball there, he is shooting it and nobody is going to change his mind. Since he's 6'9, has a high release, and has a bit of a fade away to his jumper, it is VERY hard to defend and he is confident taking it. From what I've seen so far, he's very good in the midrange game. He's not strong enough around the basket yet but he's got quick feet and he's got a pretty good handle for his size. To me he's built a bit odd, his legs are much thicker proportionally than his upper body. Looks like he needs to put on 15 lbs just in his upper body to fill it out so it matches his lower body build.

Vick was put in for the last 40 seconds or so and made two great plays under pressure (a steal on the defensive end and then scored on offense) so it's good that he didn't wilt under the pressure late.

Rodney Crain 6 years, 10 months ago

Hi Shannon! Bri mentioned you got a few things off your chest a few days ago.

Just want to thank you for keeping my name out there while I am enjoying my summer. It is always nice to know I have fans out there. :)

Shannon Gustafson 6 years, 10 months ago

I never said your name in my comment, just replied to your negativity towards me so don't get too excited. ;)

Jonathan Allison 6 years, 10 months ago

I know that I'm a little late to the party, but I am just now catching up on the Friday night game.

Your comments about Bragg's body are interesting. He has stated repeatedly that he needs to add strength. So he clearly agrees with you. What's very encouraging to me is that he does have a solid lower body. A good base is absolutely key for a basketball player and especially for a low post player. Legs are leverage in the post when you are trying to push the opposition out of position. Hudy can do about anything, but it's sooo much easier to develop the upper body than to develop the legs on a player who comes in without them. It's one thing that I noticed last year about Svi. He had strong legs and no upper body. This year he looks much stronger. But look at players who came in with scrawny legs: Tharpe, Elijah Johnson, and Jeff Withey never really developed their legs. EJ's legs were failing him. Tyrel Reed developed strong legs in 3 years at KU. Perry Ellis has done well developing his lower body. Brady Morningstar did well. In all three cases it took 2-3 years to really turn a weakness into an advantage.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 10 months ago

The first game in WUG is against Turkey but isn't their next game another exhibition? This one against China?

Michael Johnson 6 years, 10 months ago

Is that supposed to say Graham would NOT be making the trip to So Korea?

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 10 months ago

No, Graham is taking the class on South Korea the other KU players are and experiencing the culture first hand is part of the requirement for that class.

Gary Bedore 6 years, 10 months ago

KU officials say KU will play China in an exhibition at 3 a.m., Central time, Thursday, July 2, as a final tuneup for the Games.

Brianna Zaleski 6 years, 10 months ago

Hot Rod,

It'll be on ESPNU. It's in the article above

Tony Bandle 6 years, 10 months ago

Bri, maybe it's me but the article seems to read that the Turkey game will be the one televised while there seems to be no speciifcs on China, although you could logically assume that may be the case.

I am afraid Hot Rod's question may still be open. If I am wrong, great!!

Gary Bedore 6 years, 10 months ago

The KU-China exhibition game isn't listed on any ESPN network TV listings. So as of now it looks like the China exhibition won't be on TV or radio. None of the World University Games are on radio. If the game is available, Bobby Nightengale, who is over there, will let us and you know.

Beate Williams 6 years, 10 months ago

I'm surprised none of the Cliff experts with their negativity responded regarding Self's remarks.

Humpy Helsel 6 years, 10 months ago

Is it just me, or is it time to take Paschal Chukwu off of our list. I mean, is he really going to come to KU and pay his own way?

Is Landon hurt, or is he just not putting out the energy? He looked so much better at the end of last year, but he did nothing on Friday night. Very disappointing so far.

Tom Jones 6 years, 10 months ago

Chukwu's already said he's going to Syracuse.

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