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Kansas vs. Temple

Kansas fans have been waiting and wanting a test.  Today that test comes in the form of the Temple Owls on their own court in Philadelphia.  The same court where the Owls upset previous #3 ranked Villanova.  This game is a test and a stiff one for a Kansas team that should have been in this position much sooner.  Thanks to an off year by Memphis and UCLA combined with unfulfilled expectations from Cal and Michigan, Kansas will finally face it's first ranked opponent of the season in Temple.  This one puts two of the top defenses in the nation head to head as Kansas is allowing 58.6 points per game, and Temple is holding opponents to a mere 54.2 points per contest.  The game also puts two of the top programs all time against one another as Kansas ranks #3 in all time victories and the Owls check in at #6.  This should be a fun one, it's time to find out where this team stands in terms of toughness and it's time to see where improvements need to be made over the coming months.  Rock Chalk Jayhawk.



PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
Kansas KU 87.8 52.0 66.4 42.3 42.4 13.0 29.4 20.3 12.8 9.7 7.4 17.8
Temple TU 64.1 42.1 63.7 33.3 38.0 11.6 26.4 14.8 10.5 4.8 3.4 15.3
Kansas KU Opponents 58.6 34.6 66.5 27.8 34.1 13.8 20.3 11.8 16.7 6.3 3.0 19.9
Temple TU Opponents 54.2 36.4 68.2 24.0 34.4 10.1 24.3 8.6 12.2 5.3 3.2 16.7
Rank and Records KU
TU
RPI #12
#3
Strength of Schedule #164
#22
Overall 12-0
11-2
Conference 0-0
0-0
Home 9-0
5-0
Away 1-0
5-1
Top 25 2-0
1-1
RPI Top 50 1-0
3-1
About Kansas

Top-rated Kansas extended the nation's longest home-court winning streak to 50 games with an 81-51 win against Belmont on Dec. 29. The Jayhawks, 12-0, average 87.8 points per game, are giving up 58.6 points and rank in the top five nationally with a +29.2 scoring margin. KU is shooting 52 percent from the field, while its opponents are shooting 34.6 percent.

The big story of the day will be the return of the Morris twins to their hometown to face the Temple Owls in their sophomore seasons.  The Morri have arguably improved more than anyone on the Jayhawk squad in 2009 as Marcus Morris averages 17 points per game over his last three contests and 11.6 points and 5.6 rebounds on the year. 

Markieff on the other hand has been coming off the bench for the Jayhawks and while he's putting together a modest 7.4 points per game he is shooting at a 63% clip to lead the team.  Overall the Morri average statline for 2009 breaks down to 19 points and 11.2 rebound per contest.  Solid production from the four spot that the Jayhawks sorely missed in 2008. 

About Temple

Located in Philadelphia, Pa., with an enrollment of 34,000, No. 18/19 Temple is one of the hottest teams in the nation with its seven-game winning streak. The Owls returned to the national rankings on Dec. 21 for the first time since Nov. 2001. Included in the current win streak are victories over then-No. 3 Villanova, at Miami and at Seton Hall. The Owls are 5-0 at home (4-0 in the Liacouras Center), average 64.1 points on the season and have a +9.8 scoring margin. Strong defensively, Temple's opponents are shooting 36.4 percent from the field, including 24 percent from three-point range.

Senior guard Ryan Brooks leads the team with 15.8 points per game. He is second on the squad with 35 assists, 11 steals and a 5.5 rebound average. Sophomore guard Juan Fernandez leads the Owls with 32 three pointers and 46 assists to complement his 14.3 scoring average.

Junior forward Lavoy Allen provides a presence inside and is seeing doubles with his 10.6 scoring and 10.6 rebounding averages.  Besides rebounding, Allen also leads Temple with 24 blocked shots.

Sophomore guard Ramone Moore comes off the bench to score 5.3 points per game, as does junior forward Craig Williams at 5.2 ppg. Williams is second on the team with 18 threes made.

 


 

Meet the Opposing Coach

No that's not John Chaney on the sideline anymore for Temple, these days Fran Dunphy patrols the Owl court. Dunphy is 66-45 in his fourth season at Temple and is 366-206 in his 21st season overall.  Dunphy is one of the all-time winningest coaches in Philadelphia Big 5 history as he had coaching stints at La Salle and Penn before taking over the Temple program from Hall of Fame coach John Chaney on April 10, 2006. Dunphy brought the Owls back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001 in just his second season when he guided his team to the 2008 Atlantic 10 Championship. The following year, he again led the Owls to the A-10 title, becoming the first
conference team to win consecutive championships since 2001.

The Series

Kansas leads the overall series with Temple 6-3 as the teams last met last season in Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 20, 2008, a KU 71-59 win. This series dates back to 1940 when the Owls defeated the Jayhawks 40-35 in Philadelphia. Five of the nine meetings have been played on neutral courts. This is the second Atlantic 10 team Kansas has faced this season.

In last seasons contest, Sherron Collins led Kansas with 19 points, while Cole Aldrich posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in Kansas' 71-59 win. Tyshawn Taylor led Kansas with eight assists and four steals. He and Brady Morningstar each scored 11 points in the game. Dionte Christmas led Temple with 21 points. Current Owl Lavoy Allen had 10 points and a team high seven rebounds.

 

Last Trip to Philly
Kansas' last trip to Philadelphia was in 2004-05 and was a blizzard nightmare. The then-No. 2 Jayhawks were 14-0 on the season and lost to Villanova 83-62 at the Wachovia Center. Following the game the Kansas contingent spent an extra night in Philly as the airport was closed for the first time in 25 years due to a blizzard.




GP GS MPG PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
#4 S. Collins 12 12 30.333 13.75 46.1 79.3 41.4 1.917 0.25 1.667 4.25 2.083 1.333 0.0 1.417
#1 X. Henry 12 12 27.75 16.417 51.9 75.6 45.9 4.167 0.833 3.333 2.083 2.083 1.75 0.583 1.833
#45 C. Aldrich 12 12 25.75 11.167 56.5 70.4 0.0 10.083 3.0 7.083 1.25 1.583 0.75 3.833 2.0
#22 M. Morris 12 10 23.833 11.583 59.3 72.2 33.3 5.583 2.333 3.25 1.167 1.333 1.0 0.5 2.333
T. Taylor 12 10 23.417 7.333 44.0 69.6 28.6 2.75 0.5 2.25 4.333 1.75 1.417 0.167 2.0
#14 T. Reed 12 0 15.25 4.75 44.4 75.0 40.0 1.5 0.083 1.417 1.583 0.417 1.0 0.083 0.833
#21 M. Morris 12 2 15.083 7.417 63.0 63.0 66.7 5.583 1.833 3.75 1.167 1.0 0.667 1.0 2.25
#0 T. Robinson 12 0 11.333 4.833 48.8 42.1 0.0 4.417 1.667 2.75 0.583 0.833 0.333 1.0 1.917
#15 E. Johnson 11 2 11.0 4.182 56.2 54.5 36.4 1.727 0.727 1.0 2.455 1.0 0.636 0.091 1.636
#12 B. Morningstar 3 0 19.667 4.0 50.0 0.0 40.0 2.0 0.667 1.333 4.0 0.667 1.0 0.0 1.0
#2 C. Teahan 8 0 6.75 2.375 50.0 66.7 42.9 1.375 0.75 0.625 0.75 0.5 0.25 0.125 0.625
#13 C. Henry 6 0 8.667 5.667 63.2 50.0 56.2 1.167 0.167 1.0 0.333 0.333 0.833 0.167 1.0



GP GS MPG PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
#2 R. Brooks 13 13 36.462 15.769 41.8 75.6 26.6 5.462 1.154 4.308 2.692 1.308 0.846 0.154 1.231
#24 L. Allen 13 13 34.462 10.615 49.6 62.5 27.3 10.615 3.769 6.846 2.538 1.462 0.538 1.846 2.385
#4 J. Fernandez 13 13 32.154 14.308 46.0 83.9 46.4 2.769 0.538 2.231 3.538 1.846 0.692 0.0 2.615
#10 L. Guzman 13 13 30.308 4.462 38.9 47.1 36.4 3.308 0.692 2.615 3.0 1.923 0.615 0.0 1.462
#32 R. Jefferson 13 0 17.692 4.077 34.7 57.6 0.0 3.308 1.385 1.923 0.846 0.769 1.0 0.538 2.0
#30 C. Williams 13 5 15.615 5.231 37.5 40.0 34.0 2.615 0.538 2.077 0.385 0.692 0.154 0.308 2.231
#23 R. Moore 13 0 14.692 5.308 42.6 45.0 11.8 2.769 0.692 2.077 1.308 1.231 0.615 0.0 1.231
#50 M. Eric 9 8 13.556 3.556 38.2 50.0 0.0 3.0 0.889 2.111 0.333 1.0 0.222 0.667 1.667
#11 T. DiLeo 10 0 5.8 0.8 23.1 50.0 0.0 0.9 0.2 0.7 0.2 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.4
#33 S. Randall 8 0 5.625 1.75 41.7 0.0 44.4 1.625 0.625 1.0 0.25 0.25 0.0 0.0 0.875
#1 K. Wyatt 4 0 2.25 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.25 0.0 0.25 0.0 0.25 0.0 0.0 0.25
#15 C. Bouchman 3 0 1.333 0.667 0.0 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.333 0.0