PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Invoice Self could not wait to get began Wednesday on the Battle 4 Atlantis. Neither might hot-shooting Kansas rookie Gradey Dick.
Dick scored a season-high 25 factors to assist the third-ranked Jayhawks beat NC State 80-74 in Wednesday’s match opener, giving Self a profitable return to the bench after a four-game suspension.
Dick had 18 on six 3-pointers within the first half earlier than going 1 for 8 from the sphere after halftime. Jalen Wilson added 19 factors and 11 rebounds for the reigning nationwide champion Jayhawks (5-0), who blew an eight-point halftime lead and a nine-point second-half lead earlier than grinding it out.
“I feel it actually simply confirmed what our workforce’s about and in crunch time, we are able to come out with powerful performs once we really want it,” Dick mentioned.
It additionally helped, Dick mentioned, to “have a Corridor of Famer in our nook” once more.
Kansas had imposed the suspension on Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend as a part of the fallout from a pending NCAA infractions case tied to the federal investigation into corruption throughout the sport.
Self was allowed to educate practices, so he remained concerned with the workforce. However on gamedays, he mentioned he bought a dose of the helpless perspective of a fan whereas assistant Norm Roberts led the workforce. He mentioned he could not even take notes till he watched the sport on a replay.
He was prepared for Wednesday proper from the 7 a.m. wake-up name.
“I often do not soar off the bed,” Self mentioned, “however I form of did at the moment as a result of I used to be enthusiastic about what was on the brink of occur.”
As he emerged from the tunnel, Self was greeted with loud cheers from a boisterous Kansas fan part. He had a slight smile as one fan dangled a Jayhawks nationwide title banner as he walked by and gave mild high-fives to a line of a couple of half-dozen followers who had prolonged their arms over their railing.
Casey Morsell scored 21 factors to guide the Wolfpack (4-1), whereas Terquavion Smith added 19 factors.
The Related Press contributed to this report.