Friday, December 19, 2008

Twins excited to face Temple

KU freshman Marcus Morris, left, and Markieff Morris pose for a photographer Thursday during the basketball team's media day at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU freshman Marcus Morris, left, and Markieff Morris pose for a photographer Thursday during the basketball team's media day at Allen Fieldhouse.


GameDay Cram Session: Temple online editor Jesse Newell & Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan take a look at what to expect from the Jayhawk men's basketball team's home game against Temple.

KU gears up for Temple

Following the Jayhawks' 61-60 loss last week to UMass, head coach Bill Self said, "When you practice this way, obviously you will play this way."

It would have been convenient for the Morris twins to attend Temple University.

“LaSalle ... Temple. We live right in the middle of both of them. It’s a five-minute drive at most,” said Kansas University freshman Marcus Morris.

He and brother Markieff were born and raised in Philadelphia — the City of Brotherly Love and home of Temple’s Owls.

“It’s the hometown school. It’s where a lot of people from my high school decided to go. I wanted to get away from home. For some reason, I never wanted to go there,” Marcus said.

He and Markieff — who “know everybody” on Temple’s basketball roster — will meet the Owls in a bragging-rights game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

“We have to win,” Marcus said. “When I go home, I’m going to hear about it.”

Next year, the Jayhawks return the trip to Philly to play in the Owls’ Liacouras Center.

“That will be a lot of fun to play before all my family and all my friends,” Marcus said.

The Owls (5-3) of the Atlantic 10 Conference, defeated Tennessee, 88-72, Saturday in Philly. Temple also has defeated Penn State, Lafayette, College of Charleston and East Tennessee State and lost to Clemson, Buffalo and Miami of Ohio.

The Owls’ leading scorer is two-time Atlantic 10 scoring champ Dionte Christmas, a 6-foot-5 senior guard who averages 21.0 points a game. He exploded for 35 points off 12-of-22 shooting versus Tennessee.

Pass out the cigars: Former Kansas University basketball teammates Aaron Miles and Wayne Simien both became proud papas on Tuesday.

Simien’s wife, Katie, on Tuesday gave birth to the couple’s second daughter, Rael Simien. On the same day, Miles’ girlfriend, Mikki, gave birth to Aaron Miles Jr.

“Aaron said he’s going to call him ‘Deuce,’’’ said Miles’ former teammate, Jeremy Case.

Miles plays for Panionios On Telecoms in Greece, Simien for Cáceres Ciudad de Baloncesto in Spain. Simien’s first-born, Selah Simien, was born on Oct. 5, 2007.

Collins on Naismith list: Kansas University junior guard Sherron Collins is one of 50 players named to the watch list for the 2009 Naismith Trophy, presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Big 12 Conference players Blake Griffin (Oklahoma), A.J. Abrams and Damion James (Texas) and Curtis Jerrells (Baylor) are also on the list. The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T; will be awarded at the 2009 Final Four in Detroit.

Star may go: Collins, while shopping for needy families at Wal-Mart on Thursday night, indicated he might shave the star on the side of his head. “I’ve still got it. I’m probably going to cut it out, though. It draws too much attention,” he said with a smile.

Two-sport athlete picks Minnesota: Bryant Allen, a 6-foot, 160-pound football wide receiver and basketball guard from Maplewood (Mo.) High, orally committed to play both football and basketball at the University of Minnesota on Thursday.

Allen, who visited KU last Sunday, chose the Gophers over KU, Missouri and Iowa. He will be on football scholarship at Minnesota, but also will play basketball for Tubby Smith’s Gophers.


Nick Cole 12 years, 5 months ago

Bryant Allen is a fool. KU will stomp on the Gophers in T minus 12 days. He will soon see he has made the wrong decision. His loss. And Collins, please get rid of the silly star on the side of your head. However, I say keep the mohawks. Those look pretty bada$$. Lastly, congrats to Simien and Miles. Good luck with the new members of your families and in your basketball endeavors.

kuwillkillit 12 years, 5 months ago

Twins break out. 30pts 16 rb 7 blks combined. Realize what it takes to play D1 bball.Taylor hits his 20+ Sherron has 13 assists Aldrich does what he does 15+ pts 12 rebs 6 blks Reed hits 6/10 3s and 100% from the gimmie 6/6Morningstar 12 pts 3 steals 7 assistsLittle breaks toe getting Gatorade. Seriously though heal up. drink milk Good to hear about Miles and Simien. Congrats to you both. The mohawk is lame get rid of it. Are we the University of Kansas not the Missouri school for barbers.Gophers suck. Rock Chalk Pokie Sticks sound really good right about now.

yates33333 12 years, 5 months ago

Boy the Morris twins are identical. Allen wants to play basketball. We've got guards he cannot replace soon, if ever.If things keep going as they have the awards committee may as well mail the Naismith trophy to Blake Griffin next week. He can play any position and play it effectively. He's another Charles Barkley without a big mouth.

Jaminrawk 12 years, 5 months ago

I undertstand Allen wanting to play basketball and everything, but apprently his future is in football. Minnesota sucks. I would understand the kid picking MU over Minnesota. He obviously wouldn't get much playing time with Self as a walk on, but you never know. I hope he watches the Insight Bowl and sees what KU is gonna do to the Gophers.

jaybate 12 years, 5 months ago

The implied gold nugget in this story is in this quote Marcus gave in response to playing in Philly next year:“That will be a lot of fun to play before all my family and all my friends."--MarcusThe twins are planning on being here next year!Rock Chalk Jayhawk!National Championship, KU!

rockchalk80 12 years, 5 months ago

I think the twins will transfer... just a feeling I have... only 1/3 of the season gone, but thus far, this has been a tough year for them.

JayhawkPiller82 12 years, 5 months ago

jaybate and rockchalk, I don't think anyone's leaving for the NBA this year, but transfers ARE written all over this team. The Twins, Releford, Thomas, and maybe even Little are possible transfers. If we sign that 7 footer and a premier 2 guard like Stephenson or Wall, all the above could happen. Cole and Sherron are would have to greatly step up the production to make draft talk a reality. I for one am planning to see them in a Jayhawk uniform next year. Let's not worry about any defections until AFTER the season,OK. Let's hope Little gets better soon, the TEAM starts acting like one, and we contend for the Big-12 title & move deep in the NCAA tournament. Rock Chalk.....!!!

KGphoto 12 years, 5 months ago

We're playing a two-time scoring champ named Christmas on Dec. 20th?I don't like it.

KUChiefs2703 12 years, 5 months ago

The Twins will not transfer. No way. Ant' gonna happen. Releford should transfer. He can't get playing time this year and we will have even more talent next year. I really hope that kid Withey comes to KU. Why wouldn't he, but then again look at how many other kids went somewhere else. Withey, if you are reading this, come on down and get some playing time along side Cole. Also, playing against him in pratice will only make you better. Oh, and we have a coach named Danny Manning that can show you a thing or two. You guys are right about Sherron and Cole, they'll be back.KGphoto, I don't want to play against a kid named Christmas either. At least the game isn't on the 25th.

codybear 12 years, 5 months ago

Send the "Twins" home with Temple when they leave with a victory and tell them to be sure and pack their BB Guns.

rawkhawk 12 years, 5 months ago

The Morris twins are going to improve. I see a big game from them on Sat and a productive future at KU.

Justin Diederich 12 years, 5 months ago

The twins will be just fine, anyone taking bets that Wayne's daughters will play for Kansas?

Justin Diederich 12 years, 5 months ago

The twins will be just fine, anyone remember how Darrell Arthur started out? Anyone taking bets that Wayne's daughters will play for Kansas?

DSommersby 12 years, 5 months ago

The Twins and Releford should all be fine. They are nine games into their college careers.They all need to step up their intensity. Twins need to realize time, score, and situation/possession. They will pick up the intensity and gain some experience. Releford has not had much of a chance as Self is opting to go with experience and TR has not been assertive enough doing the little things. He'll figure it out. Remember these guys are playing their 10th D1 games tomorrow. We all want them to bust out, but we need to give them time. They will start getting it done.

4myjhawks 12 years, 5 months ago

Let''s just hope our team is ready to play tomorrow and not still slacking on defense or in any other area. We need this game and I hope we're ready because Temple sure will be. Rock Chalk fellas, let get it on

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