USA National Team to Open World University Games July 3 in the States, July 4 in Gwangju
LAWRENCE, Kan. – It will be Independence Day – almost – when Kansas men’s basketball, representing the USA National Team, takes on Turkey at noon in its first game of Pool D at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, Korea. The USA National Team will play Turkey on Saturday, July 4, at Dongkang Gymnasium, but with the 14-hour time difference, it will still be 10 p.m. (Central) on Friday, July 3, in Lawrence, Kansas, when the two teams meet.
Joining the USA and Turkey in Pool D are Serbia, Brazil, Chile and Switzerland. Following the celebration of America’s birthday, the USA National Team will play Brazil on Sunday, July 5 at 8:30 p.m., which is 6:30 a.m. at home. The third game for the USA will be against Chile on Tuesday, July 7 at 2:30 p.m., or 12:30 a.m. in Kansas.
The fourth competition for USA will be versus Serbia at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, which is July 7 at 10 p.m. in Kansas. The final contest before bracket play for USA will be against Switzerland on Thursday, July 9 at 10 a.m., which is July 8 at 8 p.m. Central.
All but one pool game for the USA will be played in the Dongkang College Gymnasium. The July 7 contest against Chile will be played in the Muan Indoor Gymnasium.
Bracket play for the World University Games begins Saturday, July 10 and lasts through Monday, July 13. There are four pools of six teams each and, following pool competition, the teams will be seeded for bracket play with the top two teams from each pool battling for a medal. Teams who finish third and fourth in their pool will participate in a consolation bracket, while the remaining teams that finish fifth and sixth in their pool will play in a third bracket. Each team is guaranteed to play at least eight games throughout the entire World University Games.
In preparation for the World University Games, the USA National Team will face Team Canada in two exhibition games, June 23 and 26, at 7 p.m. (Central) at Kansas City’s Sprint Center. Tickets for the event are available with a two-game ticket package for $50. Fans can purchase tickets online at Sprint Center – http://www.sprintcenter.com/events/detail/ku-vs-team-canada. For additional information, please call the Kansas Athletics ticket office at 800-34-HAWKS.
2015 World University Games – Men’s Basketball Pool D Schedule
Saturday, July 4
12 p.m. – USA vs. Turkey at Dongkang Gymnasium (July 3, 10 p.m. Central)
5:30 p.m. – Brazil vs. Chile at Yeonggwang Sportium Gymnasium
8 p.m. – Serbia vs. Switzerland at Gwangju University Gymnasium
Sunday, July 5
6 p.m. – Turkey vs. Switzerland at Gwangju University Gymnasium
8:30 p.m. – Brazil vs. USA at Dongkang Gymnasium (July 5, 6:30 a.m. Central)
8:30 p.m. – Chile vs. Serbia at Muan Indoor Gymnasium
Tuesday, July 7
12 p.m. – Switzerland vs. Brazil at Muan Indoor Gymnasium
2:30 p.m. – Chile vs. USA at Muan Indoor Gymnasium (July 7, 12:30 a.m. Central)
2:30 p.m. – Serbia vs. Turkey at Muan Indoor Gymnasium
Wednesday, July 8
12 p.m. – USA vs. Serbia at Dongkang Gymnasium (July 7, 10 p.m. Central)
2:30 p.m. – Switzerland vs. Chile at Dongkang Gymnasium
5:30 p.m. – Brazil vs. Turkey at Dongkang Gymnasium
Thursday, July 9
10 a.m. – USA vs. Switzerland at Dongkang Gymnasium (July 8, 8 p.m. Central)
6 p.m. – Serbia vs. Brazil at Muan Indoor Gymnasium
6 p.m. – Turkey vs. Chile at Gwangju University Gymnasium
July 10-13 Bracket Play
Medal Bracket Play will be held in Dongkang Gymnasium.
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