Kansas started 6-0 as of Saturday night when they faced off with the 22nd team in the Nation, Tennessee Volunteers. The Jayhawks were in the championship on Saturday night and lost big to Tennessee. Never a doubt though, Kansas will bounce back from that embarrassing loss and pick up right where they left off. Grady Dick could truly be one of the best true freshmen in the 2022 class. Two big returns also for the Jayhawks were Jalen Wilson and Dajuan Harris Jr., which is huge for the Jayhawks offense. Going into the Tennessee game, the Jayhawks came off a big win against the Badgers 69-68 with a last-second rebound layup to go up by one. Being number three gives the Jayhawks something to fight for, with that number one spot up for grabs after North Carolina lost to Iowa State on Saturday night.
Kansas winning back-to-back
Kansas coming off a National Championship win over North Carolina, has them in the hot seat. After the rankings came out and North Carolina became number one in the nation, they gave the Jayhawks something to prove. I believe Kansas should have been ranked number one coming into this season because they have one of the best offensive teams in the NCAA. Kansas has the talent to go back-to-back; it now just depends on if the Jayhawks will stay hot during the tournament. With Grady Dick being a new star on the team, he will be able to offer a fresh look for the Jayhawks offensive system.
Grady Dick hot streak
Dick is already averaging 17 points with only seven games under his belt. Dick was highly recruited out of High School, where he attended Sunrise Christian Academy out of Wichita, Kansas. Coming out of Sunrise, Dick was a five-star recruit and ranked 22nd national in recruits. Dick scored 25 points against NC State, which for now is his season high. Dick is a high-powered player, and if he is able to continue to strive in his craft, he could be in the conversation as one of the best recruits coming out of high school. However, Dick did not have his best games against Tennessee and Wisconsin, with only seven points and nine points.
The offense for the Jayhawks
In the last 6 games before Tennessee, the Jayhawks have been rolling their way to victory. They have been hitting from deep which has helped the Jayhawks extend their leads against the recent teams. Having Wilson and Harris back will be huge for the offense, and then also adding in Dick with the long range. If the Jayhawks catch fire, they will be a hard team to stop because they do not let off the gas until the game is over. Ball movement for the Jayhawks is key to be able to get their shooter open around the perimeter, and the last few games, they have shown they can move the ball around.
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