Temple vs. Kansas
Kansas returns to the friendly confines of Allen Fieldhouse to close out its six-game home stand against Temple Saturday, Dec. 20, at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN2. KU is 7-2 on the season and looking to bounce back from a 61-60 setback against Massachusetts in the M&I Bank Kansas City Shootout Dec. 13. Temple is 5-3 on the year following its 88-72 victory against then-No. 8 Tennessee Dec. 13. The Owls are 3-1 on the road this season.
Kansas is 4-1 in his last five games and 7-2 on the season. Kansas has won its last 29 games in Allen Fieldhouse dating back to the last four contests in the Fieldhouse of the 2006-07 season. It is the fourth longest active home court winning streak in the nation. Kansas is scoring 80.9 points per game and giving up 62.1 for a +18.8 scoring margin. The Jayhawks force 16.6 turnovers per game. KU leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage at 73.4 percent. KU also leads the league in rebounding at 42.6, rebound margin at +10.1 and rebounding defense at 32.4. KU's two losses have been by one point to UMass (61-60) and in overtime to Syracuse (89-81). Junior guard Sherron Collins leads KU in scoring at 17.9 points per game. Collins has led the team in scoring in seven of nine games this season and has a team-high 18 three-point field goals and 43 assists. Sophomore center Cole Aldrich is one of two players in the Big 12 who average a double-double with 14.1 points and 10.4 rebounds. The other is Oklahoma's Blake Griffin (23.1 ppg, 15.1 rpg). Aldrich has led Kansas in rebounding in each of the last seven games with five double-doubles in that span. Aldrich has 24 of KU's 48 blocked shots for a Big 12-leading 2.7 per game. Freshman guard Tyshawn Taylor is next in scoring at 10.8 ppg. He is second on the team with 33 assists and also has 10 steals. Freshman forward Marcus Morris (8.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg) is a starter who has two doubledoubles in 2008-09. Sophomore guard Brady Morningstar rounds out the KU starters. He is scoring 7.1 points per game. Sophomore guard Tyrel Reed (7.4 ppg) and freshman Markieff Morris (5.2 ppg,5.1 rpg) are the first KU subs. Freshman forward Quintrell Thomas (2.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg) and freshman guard Travis Releford (3.9 ppg) are also in KU’s rotation.
Temple brings a two-game winning streak to Lawrence following its 88-72 win against then-No. 8 Tennessee on Dec. 13 in Philadelphia. Like Kansas, Temple – the 2008 Atlantic 10 Conference champion – was off last week for final exams. The Owls are 5-3 on the season, including 3-1 in true road games. Temple averages 71.2 points per game and gives up 67.9. The Owls outrebound foes 37.2 to 34.4 and have 31 blocked shots. TU makes 7.3 three-pointers per contest. Senior guard Dionte Christmas was the 2008 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and leads the team with a 21 point scoring average. He has made 29 of Temple’s 58 three-pointers and also averages 6.6 rebounds which is second on the team as are his 11 steals. Junior guard Ryan Brooks is next in scoring at 13.5 points per game. Senior center Sergio Olmos is scoring 12.8 points per contest and he leads the team with 11 blocked shots in just four games played. Sophomore forward Lavoy Allen leads TU with a 7.7 rebound average to go along with his 9.4 ppg. Senior guard Semaj Inge rounds out the Temple starters. He is scoring 9.3 points per contest and leads the team with 36 assists. Freshman guard Ramone Moore (6.6 ppg) and junior guard Luis Guzman (3.0 ppg) are TU’s top reserves.
Notes and Roster information after the jump and don't forget to join us for the open game thread if you're around, hopefully it will be better than last time...
Kansas leads the overall series with Temple 5-3, yet the Owls have won the last two meetings. This series dates back to 1940 when the Owls defeated the Jayhawks 40-35 in Philadelphia. The two teams have played in Lawrence two times – Jan. 8, 1987 a KU 67-64 win; and Dec. 1, 1993 a 73-59 TU win. In the 1987 game, current KU assistant coach Danny Manning made a three-pointer as the clock was running out. Kansas defeated Temple in the first round of the 1968 postseason NIT, 82-76, in New York City. The Jayhawks would go on to finish runner-up to Dayton in the event. Kansas defeated Temple 65-43 in the second round of the 1986 NCAA Tournament in Dayton, Ohio. Manning tied for the team high scoring with 14 points (along with Ron Kellogg and Calvin Thompson). KU would go on to advance to the 1986 Final Four in Dallas. In the last meeting, Temple defeated Kansas 74-66 in overtime on Dec. 22, 1995, at the Jimmy V Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.
Tyshawn Taylor Named Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week
Kansas freshman Tyshawn Taylor was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week in a voting by a panel of media covering the conference, the league Dec. 8. Iowa State’s Craig Brackins and Texas’ A.J. Abrams shared Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week accolades. Taylor helped Kansas to a 3-0 record last week, as the Jayhawks posted wins over Kent State (87-60), New Mexico State (100-79) and Jackson State (88-62). The Jersey City, N.J., guard averaged 15 points and 5.3 assists, shooting 44.7 percent from the field. The high scoring total of the week came versus NMSU as Taylor finished
with a career-best 23 points, including 14 in the first half. He had his first career double-double against Jackson State with 10 points and 11 assists. It was just the third points-assists double-double by a Big 12 player this season. Taylor is the Jayhawks’ third-leading scorer with 11.8 points per game. He is second on the squad with 30 assists and tied for second with 12 steals. This is the first time this season and 13th time in the history of the Big 12 that a Jayhawk has been named Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week. The last KU player to earn the honor was Brandon Rush on Jan. 9, 2006. Rush won the honor three times in 2005-06, while Mario Chalmers and Julian Wright each won it once during that season.
Mario Little Out 2-4 Weeks with Broken Hand for Limited Practice
Kansas junior guard Mario Little suffered a broken left hand in Tuesday (Dec. 16) morning’s practice and will miss two to four weeks, KU men’s basketball coach Bill Self announced Dec. 16. Self said Little got his hand caught in a teammate’s jersey while changing directions and broke the fourth metacarpal of his non-shooting hand. Little had just returned to practice on Dec. 5 after suffering a stress fracture in his lower left leg that put him on crutches in mid-October. The 6-5, 210 pound, Chicago native has not suited up for any of KU’s nine games this season. Little’s last basketball action in public was during the Late Night in the Phog scrimmage on Oct. 17. Self said plans are to play Little this season but did not rule out a redshirt in 2008-09. Little, who averaged 12.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in KU's three exhibition games in Canada over Labor Day weekend, was ranked the No. 1 junior college player in the country last year while at Chipola (Fla.) College where he averaged 15.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
2008-09 Kansas Roster (*probable starters)
No. Pos. Name Cl.-Exp. Ht. Wt. Hometown (Previous School)
2 G Conner Teahan So.-1L 6-5 215 Leawood, Kan. (Rockhurst HS)
*4 G Sherron Collins Jr.-2L 5-11 200 Chicago, Ill. (Crane HS)
10 G Brennan Bechard Sr-2L (TR) 6-0 185 Lawrence, Kan. (Lawrence HS/Barton Co. [Kan.] CC)
11 F Quintrell Thomas Fr.-HS 6-7 240 Newark, N.J. (Saint Patrick HS)
*12 G Brady Morningstar So.-1L(RS) 6-3 180 Lawrence, Kan. (Free State HS/New Hampton [N.H.] Prep)
14 G Tyrel Reed So.-1L 6-3 185 Burlington, Kan. (Burlington HS)
*15 G Tyshawn Taylor Fr.-HS 6-3 180 Hoboken, N.J. (St. Anthony HS)
21 F Markieff Morris Fr.-HS 6-9 232 Philadelphia, Pa. (Prep Charter HS/APEX Academy [N.J.])
*22 F Marcus Morris Fr.-HS 6-8 225 Philadelphia, Pa. (Prep Charter HS/APEX Academy [N.J.])
23 G Mario Little Jr.-TR 6-5 210 Chicago, Ill. (Washington HS/Chipola [Fla.] CC)
24 G Travis Releford Fr.-HS 6-5 200 Kansas City, Mo. (Bishop Miege HS)
32 G Tyrone Appleton Jr.-TR 6-2 203 Gary, Ind. (Harmony Prep/Midland [Texas] College)
40 G Jordan Juenemann Fr.-HS 6-4 195 Hays, Kan. (Hays HS)
41 G Chase Buford So.-1L 6-3 210 San Antonio, Texas (Alamo Heights HS)
*45 C Cole Aldrich So.-1L 6-11 245 Bloomington, Minn. (Jefferson HS)
54 C Matt Kleinmann Sr-3L (RS) 6-10 250 Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley West HS)
Head Coach: Bill Self (Oklahoma State, 1985)
Assistant Coaches: Joe Dooley (George Washington, 1988); Kurtis Townsend (Western Kentucky, 1982);
Danny Manning (Kansas, 1991)
23 at Arizona (FSN) ................ 9:30 p.m.
30 ALBANY (ESPNU) ................ 8 p.m.
3 TENNESSEE (ESPN) ............ 1 p.m.
6 SIENA (JTV) .......................... 7 p.m.
10 at Michigan State (CBS) ....... 12 p.m.
13 *KANSAS STATE (B12) ....... 7 p.m.
17 *at Colorado (ABC) ........... 2:30 p.m.