Saturday, January 2, 2010

Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook


Treadmill talk

Kansas University’s fabled treadmill has been situated just off the northwest corner of the Allen Fieldhouse court for two-a-day practices this week.

It’s used as a penalty for various transgressions, like soft play or sloppy play.

“The treadmill is out. The treadmill has been out,” junior center Cole Aldrich said, asked if he has been on it. “It’s not fun. It’s at the highest incline, the fastest it can go.”

“I don’t even like to see it,” sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor said. “They put it on fast on an incline. It’s tough. If you are not running fast, it’ll throw you off. Nobody’s got thrown off yet, but somebody will.”

This, that

KU leads the all-time series, 6-3, against Temple. The series dates to 1940 when the Owls defeated the Jayhawks, 40-35, in Philadelphia. ... Five of the nine meetings have been played on neutral courts. ... KU is 46-14 all-time against current membership of the Atlantic 10. ...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 4-0 in the Liacouras Center ... Sophomore guard Ramone Moore and junior forward Craig Williams come off the bench to score 5.3 and 5.2 ppg. ... KU’s 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, KU’s players and coaches spent an extra night in Philly as the airport was closed for the first time in 25 years. ... Taylor’s mom and two sisters live in Lawrence. Today, “my aunts and cousins are coming,” the Hoboken, N.J. native said. “They’ve only seen me play on TV.” ... KU’s Thomas Robinson, a Washington D.C. native, noted, “This is like a home game for me. I’ll have a lot of relatives at the game.”

Self lauds Dunphy

KU coach Bill Self has served on coaching committees with Temple coach Fran Dunphy.

“He reminds me so much of coach (Eddie) Sutton,” Self said. “You have to go beat them. They don’t panic under pressure. Villanova had them down double digits and it didn’t rattle them a bit. They’ve got nice pieces, guys who can play anywhere in the country.”

Dunphy on a few topics:

• On the keys to the team: “The two rocks that we have are Lavoy Allen, who’s seldom ever out of position, and Ryan Brooks, who is a terrific on the ball defender. Everyone else is just filling in.”

• On Temple’s ranking: “Everyone’s excited about it. It’s been a hard road to get to where we are. It’s going to be an even harder road to try to stay there because we have some great games coming up against some really good basketball teams and we haven’t even started our league yet. Our league has just done a phenomenal job in terms of the nonconference schedule. We’ve got our hands full.

“We’ve put ourselves in pretty good position. We’re not a team that if we lose a game we’re going to fall three spots. We’re going to fall mightily. So we really need to concentrate our efforts each and every night out. It’s a tough, tough task to stay there. There’s a reason all those great teams are there each and every year. We hope to be one of them. Right now, we’re still a work in progress in many, many ways. We’ve had a great start, but we need to continue to play as good a basketball as we can.”


KU 8 years, 3 months ago

Wow, Brock you really think this is going to be a defensive battle! I thought about predicting a game in the 50s, but I think KU should rebound well enough against Temple to eak out more possessions than Temple is used to playing. Not saying it's going to be a track meet by any stretch of the imagination--maybe 67 or 68 possessions apiece.

KU 8 years, 3 months ago

Max.......that's as good a guess as any. I hope you are wrong, but the reasoning behind your prediction is sound.

rockchalk80 8 years, 3 months ago

KU 64 Temple 61

More #1 votes for Texas... don't care... Jayhawks need a game like this one... BTW, the numbers may very well be flip-flopped... either way, this game will expose how tough we are to this point in the season.


John Randall 8 years, 3 months ago

Playing at their place, if we also play their style ... we won't get away with it.

Our size inside still needs effort/position to generate the rebounding edge needed against low-turnover opponent. We can't afford to give up extra possessions, either by failing to control boards or by turning it over ourselves.

Temple's size on perimeter makes penetration more important than any game yet this year. Making Temple respect the presence in the lane is the only way our outside scoring will become a threat. So far, KU has only played this way in short stretches -- this game it has to be consistent. Open shots are fine -- just don't forget to get back to what made them open.

The unsettled rotation (do we use 7-8 or go with 10-12) has to be resolved. I really liked T.Reed's comment about going full-bore for 3-5 minute spurts because there is plenty of relief to get you a breather and come back to do it again. To never worry about pacing ANYone to stay on court 30+ minutes is a luxury we shouldn't squander. The key to making that work is EVERYone defending and running the court so hard that NOone can keep it up without relief. We've only seen that in spurts so far.


clutchjayhawk10 8 years, 3 months ago

hey maxhawk dont even call yourself a ku fan if you cant even pick us against Temple. It'll be 78 to 60 KU.

actorman 8 years, 3 months ago

I wonder if Keegan thinks KU is now deserving of being ranked number one.

ku_foaf 8 years, 3 months ago

Jhaux, you called this one pretty closely!

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