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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


Darin Bradley 6 years, 8 months ago

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

AirCapJay 6 years, 8 months ago

Speaking of Wichita State... When is KU going to start playing them? It would be a good RPI game for both teams.

fansincewilt 6 years, 8 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.

HawksWin 6 years, 8 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!

Duane Rice 6 years, 8 months ago

Give Jaybate some time it takes a wile to filter threw notes, game logs, and game tape to decipher what just happened.

Michael Bratisax 6 years, 8 months ago

Tough teams win tough games! How is Temple NOT ranked? I don't think you gave Temple its due...let Missery meet them in the NCAA

What didn't Self do? If you think he sat and watched, you were watching a different game. I did't see any big holes..just a lack of consistency.

HawksWin 6 years, 8 months ago

jh - do these numbers tell you anything - ie holes? Do you think Temple was that good based on these numbers?

      Temple      v       KU

FG 19-63, 30% v 24-55, 43% FT 20-26, 76% v 16-18, 88% 3-P 4-17, 23% v 5-14, 35% OR 11 v 9 DR 20 v 33 TR 31 v 42 Assists 8 v 17 Blocks 2 v 12 Fouls 15 v 17 Steals 8 v 1 TOs 4 v 14

texashawk10 6 years, 8 months ago

Temple is a team that you can't judge based on stats alone. They are a team that likes to make games as muddy and ugly as possible. They are the kind of team that can cause havoc in the NCAA tournament. Temple is the team that can make your "A" game look like a "C" game.

HawksWin 6 years, 8 months ago

What didn't Self do? All I know is that McLemore could have and should have dominated this game - and he did show up but not the way he could have. How many set plays did you see for McLemore? Our guards didn't use him. And, Temple wasn't all that where I felt they'd have walked away with a W because our seasoned seniors knew better. But still, the team was incoherent today. My two cents.

Jeff Coffman 6 years, 8 months ago

Temple isn't ranked because they lost to conisius or something like that! They have now played three games, got blown out by Duke, beat an untested Syracuse team, and now KU. If they had beaten KU they may have become ranked. Now they will have to do solid in their conference in order to even make the tournament.

jaycon11 6 years, 8 months ago

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

Curtis Stutz 6 years, 8 months ago

jaycon11 gets my "nailed it" comment of the game here. Rough officiating and KYo has to go to the line on a "before the shot" foul? late in the game when there was obvious goal-tending on a shooting foul as he was hacked in the air, then hits two more after he got a great hustle but possibly over-the-back rebound on the defensive end. Sealed it up plus a few other solid plays late, but mostly Kevin Young. He was the only positive to take away from this game and maybe the fact that the refs called it for Temple the first 15 mins of the 2nd half and KU was able to hang around. Other than that who on this team wants to learn from mistakes and improve for the future? Traylor and Ellis both played hard for certain, but as far as I can tell this team has peaked, BMac won't go out of his comfort zone and risk his NBA draft positioning to make something happen, everyone wants to make lame telegraphed turnover-proned passes, things have come to easy thus far in the season, and the rest of these guys don't want to improve and compete for a national title? Not good, based off today I'd say we'll get a 33-34 win season with a sw16 or EE outing come March.

bballdiehard 6 years, 8 months ago

I still don't understand that call. The announcers said it wasn't goal tending because it was on the ground, or like you said, it was a "before the shot" foul. But we were in the single bonus at that time, and when he went to shoot, he was shooting two, not one and one. That means it must've been a shooting foul, and if it was a shooting foul, how do they not call goal tending?

741hawk 6 years, 8 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!

BCRavenJHawkfan 6 years, 8 months ago

Better results than we had with Gus Johnson.

Michael Bratisax 6 years, 8 months ago

Yeah..I couldn't figure out the officiating either.Maybe unintentional but very inconsistent.

Duane Rice 6 years, 8 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.

justme33 6 years, 8 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.

Jeff Coffman 6 years, 8 months ago

Really? I've always wondered why people think we should play Wichita State. Outside of the state of Kansas would anybody know that we played WSU? We need to continue to play in areas that aid in our recruitment, such as Chicago, Las Vegas, Maryland, New York, etc.

AirCapJay 6 years, 8 months ago

Wichita State is ranked 18 in RPI. The only other team KU played with a higher RPI is Colorado. Wichita State's RPI is higher than all other Big 12 teams (other than KU of course).

texashawk10 6 years, 8 months ago

RPI means absolutely nothing this time of year.

Jeff Coffman 6 years, 8 months ago

We do get those recruits without playing right in Wichita.

I'm sure when you are recruiting big time players and you say, we get to go to Wichita on a road trip, the eyes in the young recruits get so excited.

Boouk 6 years, 8 months ago

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

741hawk 6 years, 8 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?

Curtis Stutz 6 years, 8 months ago

EJ had a couple nice moves inside when KU was down late, which was nice to see

jaybate 6 years, 8 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.

Brianna Zaleski 6 years, 8 months ago

Jeff little time to react. So: the solution was to NOT PRESSURE THE BALL EVER. AND DON'T TRY TO STEAL IT.

Hmmmmm, but I heard Self lamenting after the game about having only one steal

Brianna Zaleski 6 years, 8 months ago

I'm not disagreeing w/ necessarily, but I just find it hard to believe that Self would reroute from a basic tenant of his coaching philosophy to instruct in-game. Practice maybe. We all know HCBS coaches to win the game that's in front of him.

jaybate 6 years, 8 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 6 years, 8 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.

HawksWin 6 years, 8 months ago

Thanks JB. Sorry you lost 3 posting! But I will take your analysis anytime. I don't know enough about the game, but knew it looked messy and confusing to watch - that's me trying to make sense of it all. The clouds are gone and sun is out, all thanks to you. Now that Dunphy exposed Self' new offense strategy, what are your thoughts on what Self will do to modify and/or improve?

Curtis Stutz 6 years, 8 months ago

I'll agree with you that with a down-Big12 and things having come too easy so far Self had to be happy to see this team get pushed and get called out on lacksidasical (no idea about his word) passing (lack-si-dazi-icle? anyway). Probably didn't argue with the refs too much 'cause he wanted to see his team respond (even though they were as lopsided as they come for the 1st 15 mins of the 2nd half). KU needs to be challenged to want to improve and become a title team. Right now they are a team that could win the title, Misery and KSU and Baylor pushed them in the B12 last year to be great and they responded and were great in the post season. Won't find that inspiration in conference this year so they better get it where they can.

theend 6 years, 8 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.

Robert Lofthouse 6 years, 8 months ago

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

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