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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Bill Self couldn’t wait to acquire started Wednesday at the Fight 4 Atlantis. Neither could per chance per chance hot-shooting Kansas rookie Gradey Dick.
Dick scored a season-excessive 25 aspects to abet the third-ranked Jayhawks beat NC Boom 80-74 in Wednesday’s tournament opener, giving Self a winning return to the bench after a four-sport suspension.
Dick had 18 aspects on six 3-pointers in the first half of sooner than going 1 for 8 from the field after halftime. Jalen Wilson added 19 aspects and 11 rebounds for the reigning national champion Jayhawks (5-0), who blew an eight-level halftime lead and a nine-level second-half of lead sooner than grinding it out.
“I indulge in it truly supreme confirmed what our team’s about and in crunch time, we are able to attain out with tricky performs after we in actuality need it,” Dick acknowledged.
It also helped, Dick acknowledged, to “have a Hall of Famer in our corner” again.
Kansas had imposed the suspension on Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend as section of the fallout from a pending NCAA infractions case tied to the federal investigation into corruption at some level of the sport.
Self was allowed to coach practices, so he remained alive to with the team. But on gamedays, he acknowledged he bought a dose of the helpless standpoint of a fan whereas assistant Norm Roberts led the team. He acknowledged he couldn’t even get notes except he watched the sport on a replay.
He was ready for Wednesday apt from the 7 a.m. wake-up name.
“I typically don’t soar off the mattress,” Self acknowledged, “however I roughly did at the novel time because I was what was on the level of happen.”
As he emerged from the tunnel, Self was greeted with loud cheers from a boisterous Kansas fan half. He had a minute smile as one fan dangled a Jayhawks national title banner as he walked by and gave gentle excessive-fives to a line of a few half of-dozen followers who had extended their hands over their railing.
Casey Morsell scored 21 aspects to lead the Wolfpack (4-1), whereas Terquavion Smith added 19 aspects.
The Associated Press contributed to this record.