Former Kansas Jayhawks center Sasha Kaun started on Sunday and helped Russia defeat Great Britain, 95-75. Kaun played 19 minutes and registered five points and two rebounds.
Kaun is the first Jayhawk basketball player to participate in the Olympic Games since Danny Manning was a part of the United States team in 1988.
Outside of his international experience, Kaun plays professionally for CSKA Moscow.
Kaun's teammate, Andrei Kirilenko, did much of the damage for Russia. He scored 35 points and missed just three of his 17 shots from the field.
Kaun and his Russian teammates are back in action again on Tuesday when they face China. The Chinese national team fell by 16 points to Spain in its first game.
Two wins for Russia would put the team in prime position for the medal round, as the top four teams from each group advance.