Dajuan Harris Jr.

Kansas guard Dajuan Harris Jr. loses the ball out of bounds in front of Howard guard Bryce Harris (34) in the second half of a first-round college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 16, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jalen Wilson had 20 points and seven rebounds for No. 1 seed and defending national champion Kansas in a 96-68 victory over Howard.

The Jayhawks allowed absent and recovering coach Bill Self to rest easy during the West Region first round game.

Freshman Gradey Dick had 19 points and 11 rebounds in his first NCAA Tournament game with Self on the mend after a recent heart procedure.

K.J. Adams Jr. scored 13 points and Dajuan Harris Jr. added 11 points for the Jayhawks. They will play the Arkansas-Illinois winner in the second round.

Shy Odom had 15 points for Howard.

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