The Radford University men’s basketball program has been invited to participate in the Sun Chlorella presents World University Basketball Series 2023 (WUBS 2023), a champions league-style tournament for world-class university basketball teams.
The tournament will take place in Tokyo, Japan this August.
“It is an honor to be invited to compete in the World University Basketball Series 2023,” said Head Coach Darris Nichols. “This will be a tremendous opportunity for us to learn and grow both on and off of the court.”
WUBS 2023 is hosted by the All Japan University Basketball Federation (JUBF) with operation support provided by Rakuten Sports, a Rakuten Group business focused on creating partnerships with professional athletes and other sports services. Held again with presenting partner Sun Chlorella, this year’s tournament marks the second in the series following last year’s inaugural WUBS and will be held from August 10 to 13 at the Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gymnasium.
For 2023, an expanded roster of universities will compete, with a total of eight men’s university basketball teams from seven countries and regions – Australia, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and the United States.
This year’s participating universities are the University of Sydney from Australia, National Chengchi University (NCCU) from Chinese Taipei, Perbanas Institute from Indonesia, the 74th All Japan Intercollegiate Basketball Championship winners Tokai University and runner-up Hakuoh University from Japan, WUBS 2022 champions Ateneo de Manila University from the Philippines, Korea University from South Korea and the United States’ Radford University, which includes Japanese athlete Ibu Yamazaki.
The teams will compete in a series of 12 knock-out tournament games over three days from August 11 to August 13 to determine the 2023 series champion. In addition, on August 10, an “Opening Night” exhibition game will be held between the U-22 Japan national basketball team (university students) and WUBS 2022 champions, Ateneo de Manila University.
Friday, August 11, 2023
10 p.m.: Game 1 – Tokai University (Japan) vs National Chengchi University (Chinese Taipei)
12:30 a.m.: Game 2 – Korea University (South Korea) vs Radford University (United States)
3 a.m.: Game 3 – Perbanas Institute (Indonesia) vs Hakuoh University (Japan)
5:30 a.m.: Game 4 – University of Sydney (Australia) vs Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines)
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