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KU ready to face a team its own size in Wake Forest Through five games, KU has not yet faced a team with two traditional forwards in its starting lineup or at least not two big men with height that is typically found in the Big 12. Thursday, when KU faces Wake Forest in its opener of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. "I would think that would benefit him as much nike d tack demolition gloves as anything else," Self said. "A lot of times, to me with Joel (Embiid) and some of our bigger guys, the guys that give them the most problems sometimes are the littlest guys that are scrappy and active hands and that kind of nike high tops stuff." Black, who has started each of KU's four games, has averaged just 3.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while battling consistent foul trouble in early games. "It's going to be a good matchup for us," Black said. "I know they're a pretty good team." Wake Forest, which enters with a 5 nike killshot 2 0 record, has taken advantage of early cupcakes. The Demon Deacons haven't played away from home yet and also haven't beaten an opponent in the top 200 in Ken Pomeroy's rankings. Even against light competition, Wake's defensive numbers have been impressive because of their height. The Demon Deacons are eighth nationally in defensive rebounding percentage and ninth in two point percentage defense, holding opponents to 38.8 percent shooting inside the arc. Wake Forest also likes to run, averaging 85.6 points per game. "It'll be good for us, because we like to do the same thing," KU point guard Naadir Tharpe said. "The most important thing for us is to get stops to try to limit transition with them as much as we can." MORE ON COURT The Jayhawks, who had a closed practice at 3,900 seat Imperial Arena at noon local time Wednesday, said they shouldn't be affected by the surroundings. "It's real bright. The lights are bright. The rims feel pretty good," Tharpe said of the arena, which is a converted ballroom. "It's different playing with Nike basketballs. It's a good thing we got the chance to work with them in practice." This also is Black's second straight trip to the Bahamas. Last year, his Memphis team took seventh place at Battle 4 Atlantis with a 1 2 record. "I'm definitely excited to be here again," Black said. "It's a chance to do things a little bit differently, have a different type tournament (and) come out of here hopefully with victories." FUN ON THE RESORT Self allowed his team four hours in the afternoon to enjoy the Atlantis resort. The players had a brief chance to walk around Tuesday to figure out their plans for Wednesday's free time. "We saw the water slides and stuff like that," Tharpe said. "I know guys are pretty excited for that." UPSET MINDED Sophomore guard Codi Miller McIntyre, who leads Wake Forest with an 18.6 point per game scoring average, said he likes the role his team will have against KU. "We feel like we're underdogs," Miller McIntyre said. "That's one thing I love about being here with my teammates and the coaching staff that I have. Every game we come in, we feel like we have a point to prove. I like approaching games like that nothing to lose and everything to gain."