This was the No. 1 ranked team we have been waiting to watch play. The Kansas basketball team came out on fire and steamrolled NC Central 99-56. KU led by as many as 55 before the walk-ons took over, and our lead dropped to our final score.
The entire team played well and if we shoot the ball like this, we will be impossible to beat. Kansas shot an incredible 69.6% from the field and 56.5% from 3-point range. The Jayhawks were also 80% from the free throw line, outrebounded their opponents by 13, and had 34 assists.
The ball moved around as players shared the rock and made shots. We won’t shoot the ball like this most nights, but when we do, look out!
We’ve been posting player ratings after each game, so here is our first edition of the regular season.
Kansas Basketball Player Ratings vs. NC Central
Tier 1: Big Jays
1. Hunter Dickinson
Big Hunter was dominant in his regular season KU debut, rocking one blue and one red shoe. Scoring seven points in the first 90 seconds and 17 in the first half, he nearly outscored NC Central at the half who had only 18 points. He came out hotter than bacon grease, shooting 8-for-9 from the field including 3-for-3 from 3-point range. He played 24 minutes and had 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal. He looked like the Big 12 Player of the Year and a First-Team All-American.
2. Kevin McCullar Jr.
Kevin continued his senior jump with another huge game. It was a real toss-up on the top spot, but the tiebreaker went to Hunter’s hot start and his first regular season in the Fieldhouse. Kevin was active as always on defense and flew around diving on the floor for loose balls. In 24 minutes, Kevin filled the stat sheet with 22 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two turnovers. Kev continued his hot shooting going 4-for-7 from three and 8-for-12 overall from the field.
3. KJ Adams
KJ was his usual self-flying around for boards, making hustle plays and playing strong defense. He had a solid game with 12 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover. KJ and Hunter played well off each other and looked to form a nice tandem down low. KJ was an efficient 6-for-8 from the floor in his 23 minutes.
4. Dajuan Harris Jr.
While Dajuan did not score and didn’t take a shot, he had a solid floor game. Minus two early turnovers on careless passes, Juan controlled the ball and the game the rest of the time he was on the floor. He had several great lobs and feeds setting up his teammates. In 25 minutes, he had 10 assists, four rebounds, one steal, and those two turnovers.