Kansas Jayhawks: Your Guide To The World University Games

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Feb 10, 2015; Lubbock, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks forward Perry Ellis (34) goes to the basket against Texas Tech Red Raiders forward Zach Smith (11) in the first half at United Supermarkets Arena. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Whether or not the Jayhawks can win the tournament remains to be seen. Tuesday’s come-from-behind victory against Canada is surely a step in the right direction, but who knows how they will play once they travel west?

This isn’t like predicting the NCAA Tournament once the field is set.

Some of these teams have never played together, and when they are on the court against other countries for the first time, expert predictions could go out the window.

As long-time ESPN analyst Chris Berman used to say about upsets: “That’s why you play the game.”

The United States men’s basketball team has traditionally dominated the Games, winning 13 gold medals (with three other countries tied for second with two), while compiling a 144-11 all-time record

However, the Americans have not won the biennial event since 2005, and wondering if one collegiate team, as opposed to an “all-star” ensemble, is deep enough to win the tournament, is a valid concern.

Whatever the case may be, Jayhawk fans have enjoyed watching their team play in June and gaining any kind of advantage it can by having their players practice and play games.

No matter what happens next month in the Games, it’s a win-win situation for coach Self and his Jayhawks.

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