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Transfer Hunter Dickinson plays starring role as KU wins season opener

In his Kansas debut, Hunter Dickinson showcased his skills with an impressive performance, scoring seven points, grabbing two rebounds, and blocking a shot within the first 90 seconds of the game. The 7-foot-2 transfer from Michigan proved he’s more than just a dominant presence in the paint by making three 3-pointers. The Allen Fieldhouse crowd showered him with adulation, a welcome change for Dickinson, who faced criticism from Michigan fans following his decision to transfer.

Dickinson’s standout performance continued, finishing the game with 21 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Nic Timberlake contributed 13 points, while KJ Adams added 12, and Dajuan Harris Jr. distributed 10 assists. The Jayhawks demonstrated their dominance early, leading 59-17 by halftime, ultimately securing a 99-56 victory over North Carolina Central.

Kansas’s strong offensive display, combined with their impressive defense, resulted in a commanding win. The Jayhawks shared the ball effectively, accumulating 34 assists on 39 field goals, and shot nearly 70% from the field. On the defensive end, they limited NC Central to just 23% shooting from the field and 6-of-23 from beyond the arc.

Kansas’s victory sets a positive tone for their upcoming games, showcasing their offensive firepower and defensive prowess. The Jayhawks will face Manhattan next, looking to continue their winning momentum.