LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Bill Self won in his Kansas coaching debut
after replacing Roy Williams, and the Jayhawks (No. 5 ESPN/USAToday; No. 6 AP) overcame a
slow start to beat Tennessee-Chattanooga 90-76 Friday night.
Williams returned home to take over North Carolina and Self
moved after three seasons at Illinois.
Self had some anxious moments in the early going as
Tennessee-Chattanooga took a 24-14 lead.
The Mocs, who return three starters and seven lettermen from the
team that finished 21-9 last year, dominated the first 10 minutes,
outscoring and outrebounding their taller hosts from the Big 12.
Ashley Champion's 3-pointer put the Mocs up by 10 and silenced
the sellout crowd of 16,300.
But the Jayhawks ended the first half on a 28-6 tear and took a
42-30 halftime lead en route to their 31st straight season-opening
David Padgett, the 6-foot-11 centerpiece of a highly touted
freshman class, was scoreless the first half but scored five of the
first 10 points of the second half and wound up with a
double-double -- 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Padgett also had five blocked shots, one short of Kansas'
freshman record as the Jayhawks led by as many as 20 in the second
Simien, a 6-9 junior who missed most of last year with a
separated shoulder, had 13 points in the second half and was
7-for-7 from the foul line.
After Champion's 3-pointer midway through the first half, Jeff
Hawkins hit a short jumper, Simien scored inside and Aaron Miles
stole the ball at midcourt and drove in for a layup.
Miles, a junior who has started every game of his Kansas career
at point guard, had 12 points and eight assists, boosting his
career assists total to 504.
Jason Rogan had 22 points and a team-high eight rebounds for the
Mocs (0-1) and Champion had 20 points.