No. 5 Kansas men’s basketball defeats Omaha in regular season opener

Kansas guard Gradey Dick (4) follows through on a slam dunk against Omaha during the second...
Kansas guard Gradey Dick (4) follows through on a slam dunk against Omaha during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)(Reed Hoffmann | AP)
Published: Nov. 7, 2022 at 8:58 PM CST
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - In the first game without head coach Bill Self, KU men’s basketball cruises to a 89-64 win over Omaha.

Interim head coach Norm Roberts will coach the next three games for the Jayhawks in the absence of Bill Self who is serving a four game suspension by KU athletics.

True freshman Gradey Dick led all scorers with 23 points while Jalen Wilson posted a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds while adding seven assists.

Those 23 points are the most points in a KU debut since Xavier Henry in 2009-10.

KU led 46-33 at the half but Omaha did pull within seven at one point in that second half, but KU put their foot on the gas pedal and grabbed a 26 point lead in the second half and that was more than enough to secure a win.

Five Jayhawks had double figures in this game, including four of the five starters.

KU will be home again on Thursday against North Dakota State with tip-off at seven.