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Diallo shines in second half of debut


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- Kansas Sports -

No. 4 Kansas Defeats Loyola in Diallo Debut, 94-61

The crowd of 16,300 was sent into a frenzy as Diallo capped off his 13-point unveiling with a fast break jam in the second half. Diallo's 13 points in his first game as a Jayhawk came on 6-of-8 shooting with six rebounds and three blocks in just 16 minutes of action.

Diallo delivers: Freshman recovers from slow start, shines off bench |

"I was thinking about this game all day, what I’m gonna do — rebound, block shots. The first half I played seven, eight minutes. I got zero points. I was thinking, ‘Wow, what am I supposed to do the second half now?’’’ Diallo said. "I was so scared and nervous at the same time, but now I’m so excited. The game is over and I played really, really well."

Loyola coach G.G. Smith not surprised by Diallo or KU's second-half run |

"I thought we played really hard there in the first half," Smith said. "We ran some offense and our guys really executed offensively. We got a couple turnovers and were able to keep it a game, but in the second half they started with an 11-0 run and we just couldn't catch up. That's Kansas.

"Our guys have been to Syracuse, we've been to West Virginia, we've been to Duke in the past. But this place is really, really special. Emotion really takes care of the guys and we couldn't fight through."

Cheick Diallo doesn't disappoint in Kansas debut |

Diallo checked in at the 12:57 mark of the first half and took a while to get going. He turned it over the first few times he touched the ball and did not really look comfortable until the second half. But he kept playing and working and eventually things started to come to him.

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They had him had him run onto the court first for warmups, but did not follow through the northwest tunnel, leaving him out there alone.

VIDEO - Highlight reel: Kansas vs. Loyola Maryland | KUsports Video |

Watch from various angles, as Wayne Selden Jr. finishes an alley-oop pass from Devonté Graham, Cheick Diallo scores his first Kansas basket on a dunk and Svi Mykhailiuk drives to the paint in the Jayhawks’ 94-61 home victory against Loyola Maryland.

AUDIO - Bill Self breaks down Cheick Diallo's debut (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self points out the positives and negatives from freshman big man Cheick Diallo, who came off the bench to provide 13 points and six rebounds in his first collegiate game, against Loyola Maryland.

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- Video of the Day -

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WATCH: Cheick Diallo debuts with 13 points, emphatic dunk in transition -

Bill Self described Cheick Diallo's hand-behind-the-head dunk as "cute". He enjoyed it, then told Cheick: We don't do that.