PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Invoice Self would possibly perhaps perhaps perhaps not wait to safe began Wednesday at the Fight 4 Atlantis. Neither would possibly perhaps perhaps perhaps also hot-shooting Kansas rookie Gradey Dick.
Dick scored a season-high 25 formula to help the third-ranked Jayhawks beat NC Bid 80-74 in Wednesday’s tournament opener, giving Self a winning return to the bench after a four-sport suspension.
Dick had 18 formula on six 3-pointers in the principle half ahead of going 1 for 8 from the self-discipline after halftime. Jalen Wilson added 19 formula and 11 rebounds for the reigning nationwide champion Jayhawks (5-0), who blew an eight-level halftime lead and a 9-level 2nd-half lead ahead of grinding it out.
“I believe it in actuality correct showed what our team’s about and in crunch time, we are in a position to come out with disturbing plays as soon as we in actuality want it,” Dick acknowledged.
It also helped, Dick acknowledged, to “absorb a Hall of Famer in our corner” again.
Kansas had imposed the suspension on Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend as phase of the fallout from a pending NCAA infractions case tied to the federal investigation into corruption for the length of the game.
Self change into allowed to coach practices, so he remained enthusiastic with the team. However on gamedays, he acknowledged he purchased a dose of the helpless level of view of a fan while assistant Norm Roberts led the team. He acknowledged he would possibly perhaps perhaps perhaps not even bewitch notes till he watched the game on a replay.
He change into ready for Wednesday correct from the 7 a.m. be-careful name.
“I most regularly don’t soar off the bed,” Self acknowledged, “but I roughly did recently because I change into what change into preparing to occur.”
As he emerged from the tunnel, Self change into greeted with loud cheers from a boisterous Kansas fan section. He had a slight smile as one fan dangled a Jayhawks nationwide title banner as he walked by and gave light high-fives to a line of about a half-dozen fans who had prolonged their hands over their railing.
Casey Morsell scored 21 formula to steer the Wolfpack (4-1), while Terquavion Smith added 19 formula.