When members of the Kansas basketball program take the floor Monday in Gwangju, South Korea, they will be attempting to become the first United States men’s basketball team to claim gold at the World University Games since 2005. Just four quarters and one team — Germany — stand between a perfect tournament for Team USA. Here are five things to know as Bill Self and the Jayhawks prepare to face Germany at 7 a.m. Monday morning.
(The game will be televised live on ESPNU.)
1. It’s been a breakout tournament for junior guard Wayne Selden, who has averaged 18.9 points per game, the second highest scoring average in the tournament. Selden also leads the tournament in field-goal percentage at 59.8 percent.
2. Germany is currently 6-0 during the tournament after finishing with a 4-0 record in Pool A. The Germans defeated Canada 79-73 in the quarterfinals — the same Canada team that the United States defeated twice in competitive exhibitions at the Sprint Center in late June.
3. The Germans employ a zone defense and feature two players who compete in the Ivy League. Princeton senior forward Hans Brase leads Germany in scoring at 11.8 points per game. Maodo Lo will be a senior guard at Columbia and has been an All-Ivy League player.
4. Germany coach Henrik Rödl was a member of North Carolina’s NCAA Championship team in 1993.
5. Kansas junior Frank Mason III has guided the highest scoring offense (80.4 points per game) at the tournament. Mason is averaging 14.0 points per game and leads USA with 29 assists.