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Kansas’ Azubuike nearly pulls down basket on dunk


WACO, TX - FEBRUARY 18: Devonte’ Graham #4 of the Kansas Jayhawks and teammate Udoka Azubuike #35, right, collide in the air while celebrating the team’s win over the Baylor Bearsat the Ferrell Center on February 18, 2017 in Waco, Texas. Kansas won 67-65. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Ron Jenkins

Udoka Azubuike is a dangerous man. At least if you’re a basketball stanchion or in the vicinity of one while the Kansas big man is dunking.

The 6-foot-11 center unleashed dunks in the Jayhawks win over Stella Azurra/HSC Roma in their Italian tour on Wednesday that forced a safety check after the rim lowered, according to the Kansas City Star.

“We almost didn’t have a game because of him,” Self said, according to the KC Star. “It wasn’t that he dunked it so hard; it’s because he hung on the rim. Two-hundred eighty-five pounds hanging on the rim almost pulled it down twice.”

After the delay, Kansas went on to win the game, 90-56. Azubuike had 13 points.

Azubuike played in the first 11 games of last season for Kansas as a true freshman before an injury forced him to accept a medical redshirt year.

The Jayhawks are the overwhelming favorite to win the Big 12 for the 14th-straight year this season, and if Azubiuke can have a few rim-rattlers, or rather rim-displacers, like that had in Italy, that could go a long way in helping Kansas live up to the billing.