Despite the informal setting of the scrimmage, the Jayhawks tried to use it to their advantage.
“I think that’s good,” said KU junior Landen Lucas about playing without officials, “especially, I heard the Turkish team is physical. A lot of the teams we play are going to be. We can’t expect any help from the refs. So having no refs out here is probably the best case for us. It will be good for us to learn from it, not rely on the refs and just go out there and play.”
…Eight of the Team USA players finished with at least nine points, including a team-high 13 points from KU freshman guard Lagerald Vick and 12 points from senior forwards Hunter Mickelson and Jamari Traylor. Freshman forward Carlton Bragg, who broke his nose in Wednesday’s practice, sat out of the scrimmage, but expects to play Saturday once he receives a face-mask. Ten of the remaining 11 players scored with senior Evan Manning as the lone exception.
…After two practices this week, the scrimmage was a change of pace for the Jayhawks. They changed gyms to avoid the slick courts at Gwangju High and it was the first team they faced since playing Canada twice last week at Sprint Center in Kansas City.
“It’s a lot better because it’s a court that we can stand up on,” Self said. “But I think today was better than the hour practice from a conditioning standpoint. I don’t know if you can lose conditioning in a couple of days, but our guys didn’t seem like they had much bounce and I’ll think we’ll be much better each day that we’re here.”
But the biggest key in the scrimmage was the Jayhawks playing fast to tire China and earn easy baskets without having to run through plays.
“If you think about it, it’s a lot harder for us to adjust to that shot clock in the half-court situation,” Lucas said. “But fast breaks are fast breaks. The shot clock is out of play. We try to get easy buckets as quickly as possible. Then if not, do some quick plays.”
Opening Ceremonies are set for Friday, July 3 and the USA delegation said the event is sold out and expect more than 40,000 people inside Gwangju Universiade Main Stadium. The Opening Ceremonies are set to being at 7 p.m., 5 p.m. in Kansas, can be seen live online at http://www.livefisu.tv/home.
The USA will begin World University Game Pool D competition when it plays Turkey on July 4 at noon, which is July 3 at 10 p.m. in Kansas. The game will be played at Dongkang Gymnasium and televised on ESPNU.
In March, Brannen Greene was playing though a hip injury that required offseason surgery. Landen Lucas had hip and knee ailments, and he also had surgery after the season to remove a noncancerous bone tumor from his leg.
That's not counting Wayne Selden, who played through a knee injury his freshman season that later required athroscopic surgery.
…Self has a reputation of grueling practices, which includes no out of bounds during scrimmages and lots of contact inside with players encouraged to not complain about fouls even if they are hacked.
While this style has helped KU develop a certain level of toughness, Self has to wonder if the cost is too much. For two straight seasons (at least), the Jayhawks appear to be worn down during the game's most important stretch, and with additional practice time this season, KU has continued to lose players at what seems to be a high rate.
2015 World University Games - Men’s Basketball Pool D Schedule
(per @rustindodd KU games are slated to be on live or delayed on ESPNU. If delayed, they'll be live on ESPN3.)
Here is the full television schedule (all times CT):
▪ Friday, July 3: USA vs. Turkey (10 p.m.; ESPNU)
▪ Sunday, July 5: USA vs. Brazil (6:30 a.m.; ESPNU)
▪ Tuesday, July 7: USA vs. Serbia (10 p.m.; ESPNU)
▪ Wednesday, July 8: USA vs. Switzerland (8 p.m.; ESPNU
▪ Saturday, July 11: Quarterfinal (12:30 a.m.; ESPNU)
▪ Sunday, July 12: Semifinal 1 (1 a.m.; ESPNU); Semifinal 2 (4 a.m.; ESPNU)
▪ Monday, July 13: Gold Medal Game (6:30 a.m.; ESPNU)
Team USA will also play Chile at 12:30 a.m. on July 7, but at the moment, the game is not slated to be televised on ESPNU or ESPN3.
Complete World University Games Broadcast Schedule
Arthur has drawn interest from several teams across the league, including Detroit and Washington. He has played for the Nuggets the past two seasons after coming over in a 2013 trade from the Memphis Grizzlies.
Arthur was arguably the Nuggets best defender, particularly in pick-and-roll situations. When he was on the court, the Nuggets’ defensive rating (points per 100 possessions) was 98.7. When he was off the court, that rating ballooned to 107.8.
And as valuable as he was on the court, Arthur was also a rock in the locker room. It’s the Nuggets desire to have that kind of influence return to the team.
“Pay Heed. The game you love began here. Respect those who came before you. Make their legacy your own. Because destiny favors the dedicated. And rings don’t replace work. In this game you don’t get what you want. You get what you earn. We are Kansas. Together we rise. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
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If the Big 12 decides to expand — and that possibility seems to be more realistic than ever — who better to sell UCF to the football big boys than the only person at UCF the football big boys have ever even heard of:
…It's no secret the Big 12 is thinking seriously about expanding. That point was driven home several days ago when Oklahoma president David Boren told the Oklahoman that his 10-team league should "strive" to add members. If that happens, UCF must convince other Big 12 schools that it is worthy of joining their exclusive club.
O'Leary told me Wednesday that he has a folder on his desk titled "expansion," and it contains all the pertinent statistical data — TV market size, graduation rates, recruiting base, etc.
Don't kid yourself. Any major conference that expands is expanding mainly for two reasons — cable television sets and recruiting base. UCF and sister school USF dwarf the other potential candidates in both categories. As I've written many times before, why wouldn't the Big 12 add UCF and USF and dominate the I-4 corridor that runs through the center of one of the most populated, recruiting-rich, football-fanatical states in the country?
"When you combine Orlando and Tampa, we're the fourth-largest TV market in the country behind New York, L.A. and Chicago," O'Leary says. "That brings substantial revenue to any conference that is looking to expand.
Four-star wing Davon Dillard is now headed to Oklahoma State. Had been committed to California.
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