Kansas in Korea

The Day After: World University Games champions

At times, the United States/Kansas University men's basketball team played sloppy in the World University Games. It wasn't always pretty to watch. That's what a stretch of eight games in 10 days will do to players. But the Jayhawks dug deep, and earned the first U.S. gold medal at the ...

The Day After: Selden, Ellis carry USA to gold-medal game

When the United States' men's basketball players traveled to South Korea on June 29, they weren't quite sure what to expect from the competition. Not many people knew what to expect from the Jayhawks, playing without four players — Devonté Graham, Brannen Greenne, Cheick Diallo and ...

The Day After: USA defense denies Lithuania

The United States men's basketball team passed its first test in the medal round, using its defense to roll past Lithuania, 70-48, on Saturday at DongKang College Gymnasium. The Jayhawks only led by three points entering the fourth quarter, but opened with a 25-2 run, playing ...

The Day After: USA sweeps pool play with win over Swiss

For the final pool play game of the World University Games, the United States men's basketball team ended on a strong note, dominating Switzerland for a 96-57 victory at DongKang College Gymnasium. In terms of seeding and advancing into the medal rounds, there was nothing on the line ...

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

Gwangju, South Korea — 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 ...

The Day After: USA survives Serbia, 66-65

In a game that had more twists and turns than a Stephen King novel, the United States men's basketball team outlasted Serbia in a 66-65 thriller on Tuesday at DongKang College Gymnasium. The game featured 12 lead changes and 14 ties, but the Jayhawks finished as the last unbeaten team ...

The Day After: USA dominates Chile, 106-41

From the opening tip, the United States men's basketball team dominated in a 106-41 victory against Chile on Tuesday at Muan Indoor Court. The Jayhawks made their first five shots, and SMU senior guard Nic Moore sparked the squad with four three-pointers in the first half, finishing with 15 ...

Stingy Serbs await Team USA in pool play

So far at the World University Games — and in the three exhibitions that preceded it — Team USA/Kansas has remained unscathed against its international competition. Bill Self’s Jayhawks, SMU’s Nic Moore and Florida Gulf Coast’s Julian DeBose [pulled away late in two Kansas City ...

Odds and Ends in Gwangju – Part #1

Sports reporter Bobby Nightengale and I don't have a lot of free time to experience Gwangju and Korea beyond our daily Team USA basketball coverage. It's unfortunate, because as we ride our shuttle buses between sites, I'm spotting so many photo opportunities and places I'd love to check out. ...

The Day After: Selden, defense lifts USA to win over Brazil

For the second straight game, the United States men's basketball team played strong defense. KU junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. provided the offense in an 81-72 victory over Brazil at DongKang College Gymnasium. Selden sparked the Jayhawks in the second quarter, scoring eight points in a ...

Staying healthy in Korea

I think I was already sick before I got on the plane to Korea. But certainly, the day we landed in Gwangju, Korea, I was not feeling well. I had these feverish spells that would just stop me in my tracks, bring on weird feverish dreams and drop me on the spot. Then hours would pass and ...

The Day After: USA rallies to beat Turkey

It wasn't pretty, but Team USA found ways to win in its World University Game opener on Saturday, defeating Turkey, 66-57, at DongKang College Gymasium. Turkey went on an 18-2 run midway through the first quarter, drilling seven straight shots for an 18-7 lead. Afterward, it was all ...

Comparing rules of NCAA and FIBA

If you caught either of Kansas basketball’s Team USA exhibitions against Canada at Sprint Center, you’re already a little familiar with some of the differences between the rules of college basketball and international play. Now that the World University Games are here — [KU opens ...

Jayhawks savor Team USA appearance at opening ceremonies

When Turkey arrives for its game in a few hours, the opponents' uniforms will say Kansas. On Friday night in Gwangju Universiade Stadium, the Jayhawks were simply Team USA. The KU basketball team joined more than 10,000 other athletes and nearly 50,000 spectators for the opening ...

The Day After: USA wins big in scrimmage against China

Team USA shined in its final tune-up before the World University Games opener, out-running and out-hustling China for a 93-56 victory in a scrimmage on Thursday at Seolwol Girls' High. I'm stealing a page out of fellow KUsports.com writer Matt Tait's playbook with "The Day After" blog. ...

Korean pastels

My photography checklist for traveling to Korea includes 2 camera bodies, 3 lenses, a laptop, iPhone, a padded floor seat, a pocket point-and-shoot camera and memory cards, including an EyeFi Mobi Pro SD memory card. What I forgot to pack were photographer’s clothes of a pastel color. What? ...

Behind the scenes with the Jayhawks in South Korea

After 28 hours of travel, between practices and before games, the Kansas basketball team is making time for some well-deserved R&R in South Korea. And thanks to social media, we can follow along: https://instagram.com/p/4kp_kqquaj/ The ["KU in Korea" Instagram account][1] is full ...

Team USA receives warm welcome in first practice

It was quite the scene on Tuesday night when Kansas University men's basketball players took the court for their first practice in Korea and were surrounded by hundreds of students from Gwangju High School. The Jayhawks practiced on the local court and the students watched from the stands, ...

ESPNU to televise KU basketball at World University Games

Night owls and early risers, rejoice. Fans in the United States will be able to watch the Kansas men's basketball team on ESPNU during this week's World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. The 14-hour time difference from Korea to Kansas means that the Jayhawks' first pool play game ...

Landing in Korea

I flew to Europe 30 years ago, so I had forgotten what you have to endure on a long-distance flight. Kansas City to San Francisco is a cinch, but the 12 hours to Seoul is a struggle to remain sane. For starters, the headphone jack at my seat didn't work so I was forced to watch 5 movies with no ...