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Kansas defeats Temple, 69-62

  • 3:30 p.m., Jan. 6, 2013
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

FINAL: KU rallies in second half to knock off Temple, 69-62

By Matt Tait.

Unlike so many games before it in which the Jayhawks drubbed good opponents at Allen Fieldhouse, Sunday's 69-62 victory against Temple was a dog fight from start to finish.

The Jayhawks built a lead of as many as 11 points in the first half but Temple refused to go away and actually spent several minutes in the second half playing with the lead.

But when the game was on the line, KU seniors Kevin Young and Jeff Withey came up big on both ends of the floor. Travis Releford, who sat for most of the second half with four fouls and eventually fouled out, also buried a three-pointer that put KU up seven with just over a minute to play.

Withey finished with eight points, 11 rebounds and nine blocks, and Young chipped in with another high-energy, high-output game, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds to push the Jayhawks to 12-1 on the season.

Temple turned the ball over just three times and was led by 26 points from Khalif Wyatt, who tallied 17 of those in the second half, including 11 straight at one point.

Here's a quick look back at some of the action.

The game turned when: KU senior and designated defensive stopper Travis Releford picked up his fourth foul at the 15:32 mark of the second half. With Releford on the bench, Temple took control, but the Jayhawks overcame Releford's absence and earned the hard-fought victory in the final minutes with the senior starter back on the floor.

Offensive highlight: With Temple leading by three and KU struggling on the offensive end, Elijah Johnson fired a high pass to Ben McLemore, who got a nice back screen from Kevin Young and rose high above Temple's Anthony Lee and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson to throw down the alley-oop and pull the Jayhawks to within one point, 46-45, with 11:49 to play.

Defensive highlight: Although Ben McLemore's first-half blocked shot, which he caught with both forearms, might have been the most athletic defensive play, it was the red-shirt freshman's steal and two-handed, double-pump dunk that put the Jayhawks ahead 58-57 with 2:45 to play that seemed to be the most significant defensive play of the day for Kansas.

Key stat: Turnovers. The Owls committed just four turnovers the entire game (including just two in the second half), and the Jayhawks gave the ball away 14 times.

Up next: The Jayhawks will kick off the Big 12 portion of their schedule Wednesday when they take on Iowa State at 6 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.

Box score


Robert Lofthouse 1 year, 3 months ago

edgy game; glad to see them battle all the way, not give up and pressure Temple ...


theend 1 year, 3 months ago

So......not a great game but I give them credit......they won. And Temple is a pretty good team. Get rid of the turnovers and we will be just fine.

Nice to see EJ come through in the 2nd half.


jaybate 1 year, 3 months ago

Two more things.

Kevin Young made two of the worst plays I've seen a in a long time down the stretch, but both times he immediately made a play that made up for it.

And the rest of the game he was the volatility and explosiveness and emotion to Jeff's steady coiling and uncoiling that chokes off opposing offenses from ever getting any good looks inside.

Kevin was an absolute man today.

Next, Jeff Withey was an absolute man also. He was finally getting the kind of ruthless attention that TRob got last season from this time onwards. And Jeff didn't ever lose his cool or focus. Great job Jeff.

P. S.: Trav played a great game until he made that incredible bone head play to de-ice the game and foul out. Wow! That's one to remember and not repeat, Trav. But of course it was Trav's oh so beautiful trey that got us some real separation.


jaybate 1 year, 3 months ago

Self just said his prayers and hoped his short circuited team would make one more good play than awful play and they would escape with a win.

He clearly thought they could turn it on at the end and separate anytime they needed to.

But he guessed wrong about how much labor they could take before cracking.

So the better team won by 7 the hard way, which is probably close to what he wanted anyway.

He is always willing to lose that last nonconference game if that's what it takes to avoid over confidence entering conference play.

Offensive inversion of slide off the spots stopped by defensive hooking and holding.

Defensive inversion of pressuring off ball and not pressuring on ball suckered Temple into putting it on the deck to much, and not running their stuff enough, and Fran never figured it out.

KU wins another.

Self gets exactly what he wants again.

His team wins with an inverted defense--calculated under pressure on the balll--the weirdest flipping defense yet.

His team short circuits at the end on offense trying to run the slide of the spots offense, that Fran figured out, but still makes enough plays to off set the brain seizures, once Self gave them a few wrinkles to run.



jaybate 1 year, 3 months ago

I just wrote three part post that explained everything and lost it when I accidentally slid back a page, then it disappeared on me when I slid forward. Grrrrrrrrr!

I am too frustrated to write it all again, so here are the Cliff's notes.

Dunphy stopped the new "slide off the spots offense" by hooking everyone before they could slide off the spots; this is why everything looked so gummed up so much of the time.

Self, for his part, was doing what he does every last non conference of every season. He was forcing his team to labor without any coaching wrinkles until the last seven minutes. This compounded Dunphy's defensive hooking strategy that gummed KU up on offense; Self let his guys try to find a way out of the bag until he finally had to give them some edges at 7 minutes to win the game.

Defensively, Self tried something I've never seen done on a basketball floor ever. It was as big of an inversion on defense as was the inversion of the offense 7 games ago with "slide off the spots." He told the guys not to pressure on ball...EVER! The idea was simple. Withey can shut these guys off inside. And Kevin can drive them nuts inside. That combination resulted in Temple shooting 29% FG overall. Out on the perimeter, Self reasoned that the only way Temple could beat them on the perimeter was by passing and driving the ball off the catch on a good angle at Withey that gave Jeff little time to react. So: the solution was to NOT PRESSURE THE BALL EVER. AND DON'T TRY TO STEAL IT.

Temple's strength was ball handling and driving off the catch on the perimeter. So Self just told the guys to take away the pass and catch by pressure off ball, and on ball crowd the trey and then encourage the guy with the ball to put it on the deck...but the opposite direction of his comfort zone.

Didn't anyone wonder why we were guarding the stripe so hard against such a lousy trey shooting team? The idea was: actively force the ball into Jeff. Don't even take a chance on their trey shooting getting hot for a while. Never pressure the ball except not to take the trey. Crowd the the guy with the ball into driving into Jeff. This is why there were no steals and there was no conventional Self Defense pressure until at 7 to go, when Self told them to get after them everywhere and then gave them a few obvious wrinkles to run on offense.

Boom. A small lead finally opened, and if KU had not put on the most incomparably bungling display of offensive basketball from 5 to 1:30 to go, KU would easily have won by ten, which was what I predicted.

But suddenly it was like and offensive grand mal seizure spread through every player.

Each player would make a phenomenally stupid play and then follow it up with a great play.

It was like the offense endured a psychotic break.

Self seemed to understand that he had cracked his own team by waiting so long, letting them labor for so long, to help them get a win.


741hawk 1 year, 3 months ago

We get it inside plenty enough, but I think the only thing that is missing from "our game" is our inability to drive (or try to drive) the lane. We will be short on free throw attempts without it. Comment?


Boouk 1 year, 3 months ago

At least Releford's foul trouble got Andrew White some PT.


Jayhawk470 1 year, 3 months ago

On another note, just saw Wichita State beat Bradley. Kansas needs to revive the series with Wichita State.


justme33 1 year, 3 months ago

Elijah had too much TyShawn in him tonight. He needs to protect the ball each possession. Travis needs to be on the court when times get tough. Glad they pushed through and finished things off.


Duane Rice 1 year, 3 months ago

You couldn't ask for a better game leading into conference play. Iowa state is one of the highest scoring teams in the country. We better be ready. The fighting Hoibergs will.


Jayhawk470 1 year, 3 months ago

First of all, Temple is dangerous. They are capable of a deep run in March, and by deep I mean Sweet 16 or Elite 8.

Second, Kansas did not play great. Elijah had his head up his ass almost all game long until late when he scored those driving layups that got us back in the lead.

Third, KU had to beat not only Temple but a corrupt officiating crew. How do you call us for ticky-tack crap while ignoring obvious fouls on the other end like throwing Kevin Young to the floor and an obvious Temple goaltend against Young?

All in all, an exciting game, and I'm glad WLKY-32 carried the whole game from start to finish. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!


741hawk 1 year, 3 months ago

TRelly and Jelly came back around 6:00 and added ENERGY!

Tim Brando has now done play-by-play for 14 KU games (including the recent Ohio St game). He is now 14 for 14. KU has never lost a game he's broadcast. I like Tim Brando!


jaycon11 1 year, 3 months ago

kevin young pulled our fat out of the fire with those late free-throws.


HawksWin 1 year, 3 months ago

Sloppy, strange, comatose plays by the Jayhawks! Did Self just sit and watched - just to see what they could do on their own? Testing their will to win?

Jaybate, what happend? What are the missing holes does this team need to fill? Temple didn't have a blowout performance today, did they? Thanks!


fansincewilt 1 year, 3 months ago

We had ten more turnovers than the Owls - not good. But, we also had eleven more rebounds and ten more blocks than they. That did even it out. I'm not sure why we were making some of those turnovers. We seemed lost at times. It looked like they might have had too long of a break.


d_bradley27 1 year, 3 months ago

Nice tough game. Rock Chalk. And if Wichita State handles their business, it'll be another wknd of Kansas teams sweeping.


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