Sunday, January 3, 2010

Bigs impress Owls

Temple overpowered in paint

Kansas teamates Marcus Morris (22) and Cole Aldrich (45) watch with Temple teammates Scootie Randall (33) and Lavoy Allen (24) as a loose ball escapes during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

Kansas teamates Marcus Morris (22) and Cole Aldrich (45) watch with Temple teammates Scootie Randall (33) and Lavoy Allen (24) as a loose ball escapes during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pa.


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KU routs Temple on the road

The Jayhawks faced their first real road test Saturday taking on the nationally ranked Temple Owls. Kansas cruised to an 84-52 victory.

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— A few times, Temple fans screamed for junior Lavoy Allen to shoot more in the first half of Saturday’s game against Kansas University.

“I don’t think they know how tough it was down there playing against (KU’s) Cole Aldrich,” the forward said, “so it didn’t affect me that much.”

Though KU dominated many aspects of Saturday’s 84-52 victory at the Liacouras Center, the Owls seemed most impressed by the Jayhawks’ towering front line.

KU outscored Temple, 42-16, in the paint and also outrebounded the Owls, 43-31.

“Their big guys are very strong. I think it’s the conference they play in: the Big 12,” Allen said. “They’re very experienced, also. They’ve got five starters back from last year, plus a very good freshman in Xavier Henry. They’re experienced, they’re strong, and it’s pretty tough down there.”

One of Temple’s biggest issues was trying to get shots over — or around — Aldrich. The junior center had three blocks in 26 minutes, but he also altered quite a few more shots.

“We attacked him a few times when we shouldn’t have. We got tentative other times when we probably needed to be more aggressive,” Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. “But he presents a tremendous challenge in there.”

Added Allen: “He’s very unique in that he’s 6-11, and he has a very long wingspan. I haven’t played against many guys like that since I’ve been playing basketball. It’s very hard to simulate that in practice. I didn’t know really what to expect from him.”

Dunphy also came away impressed with two other members of KU’s frontcourt: Philadelphia-born Marcus and Markieff Morris.

“I think their basketball I.Q. is terrific,” Dunphy said. “It seems like they bought into everything that (KU) coach (Bill) Self wants them to do. They’re not worried about their minutes. They’re not worried about anything other than helping Kansas be the best team.

“That’s the biggest compliment — I would compliment them on their skills and their abilities, but I would compliment them more on their approach to the game and how smart they are as basketball players and how much they are team guys as well.”

Dunphy said KU ranked among the best teams he’d faced as a coach.

“Right up there. It wasn’t something I was sitting in my office thinking about, ‘Who’s been as good?’ but they are really talented,” Dunphy said. “They don’t have many weaknesses.”


yates33333 10 years ago

Jaybate. If you are reading this, you were 100 percent correct about the strength and toughness of this basketball team, especially the front line, starters and subs.

John Brown 10 years ago

KU really played their best basketball today. The dredded treadmill is very influencial. Maybe Mangino should have used this treadmill with the football team and saved his job. KU's bigs played flawless BB. It is a really big complement to hear teams talk about our bigs considering our backcourt. Cole is awesome but the transition is really becoming obvious in the play of the twins. I see a lot of Danny in their moves, jump hooks, and passing. Yes, they are talented but these guys are very well coached. That is why all the comentary is on their footwork, position, and execution.

KU1992 10 years ago

Mangino should have used a treadmill to lose some weight.

Steve Brown 10 years ago

review the photo above: some gyms hang large red elite eight banners, interesting....

I'm not saying our elite eight years are failures as they are not, yet they aren't the years we brag about....

Bring on Kansas, okay we did.

jayhawkintx73 10 years ago

edjayhawk, This isn't the appropriate article to make posts about Mangino, but Mangino didn't accept responsibility for the 5 - 7 embarrassment and accused others of trying to embarrass the program for "15 minutes of fame". The firing shouldn't have been controversial at all, because 5-7 with the personnel we had wasn't acceptable.

stravinsky 10 years ago

Lighthawk, my favorite is reminding my Mizzou friends about how we have more Final Fours than they have second round appearances.

That and bringing up City College of New York, one of the MANY teams to have more men's BB national titles than them (well, more than zero) are some of the best ways to shut em up.

I have a feeling Aldrich is getting a little underappreciated this year since his numbers haven't been terribly stellar. But his defensive presence can't be neglected. The man is a beast.

It's nitpicking, but I still think we could have done a better job on rebounding. I know, we outrebounded them by 12, but watching the game, I felt that temple was getting WAY too many offensive boards. Of course, they couldn't shoot yesterday, thanks to our rockin' team D, but I'd still like to see a little more production from the rebounding. Dunphy, however, seems like he was pretty satisfied with their production, so maybe I'm off-base.

Very strong win, I'm proud of this team. And looking forward to Tennessee, conference season, and Texas.

AsadZ 10 years ago

These are the best words so far to hear about the TWINS and coming from opposing team HC makes it even more joyful. Keep up the good work TWINS. Also, instead of an interview with national media, due to lack of time, Marcus came out to meet with his family and friends and gave hi 5s to the fans. That was pretty classic.

RevJayHawk 10 years ago

"It seems like they bought into everything that (KU) coach (Bill) Self wants them to do."

Is it really necessary to tell people reading a KU story in a Lawrence newspaper that HCBS coaches at KU and his first name is Bill? I would think that would be common knowledge by this point.

jaybate 10 years ago

In Praise of Fran Dunphy:

Fran Dunphy did a great thing for basketball.

At a time when individual sizzle, PT-lust and getting persons to take SATs for players are at all time highs in levels of undeserved permissiveness in basketball, Temple's Dunphy praised two big, and now brawny, African Americans from Philly for being smart, unselfish basketball players--for having high basketball IQs, to go along with their strength, height, and athleticism.

Dunphy used the occasion of an unfortunate beating to do some good; this is the sort of thing only truly good men can do.

Dunphy communicated to hundreds of thousands of kids in the Philly region (and any where else that follows Temple basketball) that intelligence, not just athleticism, are at the core of basketball; that African American kids in particular deserve to be praised for something more than athleticism and rim ramming; that young players can wear the tatoos, be true to where they came from, yet be smart, smart, smart about what they do on the sacred wood and how they do it.

Athleticism is only the car. A brain drives it. And two kids from Philly can be as smart as, or smarter than, anyone else on the sacred wood. The Morris Twins have become team players and have flourished within the team framework and are, like Darnell Jackson before them, destined to be vastly the better for having done so.

If the kids in Philly will only listen to the once good LaSalle player and now middle aged coach with the walrus 'stache--the only man to coach two of the Big Five in Philly.

Please, listen!

jaybate 10 years ago

Ignore the crap coming out of Sports Center, the movies and TV sitcoms and dramas. Be the best you can be on the best team you can get on with the coach that can make you the best team player you can be. Be smart. Bulk up the body, but bulk up the brain, even more! Go to a good coach and let him help you become the best team player you can become. Its the smart play. Its the play with the best odds. Its the choice that leaves you with crucial skills for the rest of your life regardless of how good you can eventually be, regardless of how your ligaments and tendons hold up.

Fran Dunphy, descended from a class of persons, the Irish, oppressed and terrorized by the British Imperialists on and off for several centuries, and ruthlessly pitted against African Americans and other immigrant groups in America by industrial empire builders, understands the game--of hoops, and of life. Listen to him.

The greatest African American players have always been incredibly smart basketball players, guys who were blessed with great physical abilities. They just haven't been praised for their basketball I.Q.s much in the media.

A lot of journeyman African American glue guys have always been incredibly smart basketball players, or they couldn't have hung on as glue guys. They just haven't been praised for it much.

And while part of the lack of praise of basketball I.Q. in African Americans had roots in racism, a lot of it has come from something else.

It came from a general devaluation of the worth of teamwork and intelligence in a society that was being groomed by the power brokers to be docile consumers sensitized to feel more than think. The power brokers have wanted a dumb, easily suggestible society, since they found out late in the 19th Century the power of mass media to induce mass behavior--either in the favor of the power brokers, or against them. They want a nation of de-educated persons willing to accept the most absurd propaganda and commercial suggestions imaginable, so the power brokers can turn the will of the people in a republic into a tool of the power brokers, rather than into a strength of an informed, democratic people.

jaybate 10 years ago

The power brokers have finally and largely gotten what they wanted the last 30 years. The rich are now richer and the gap between them and the poor is now greater than at any time in American history and the people accept it as if it were inevitable instead of contrived. The people can be made to buy into perpetual war as if it were inevitable instead of contrived to keep them manageable and keep their representative government bankrupt. They can be made to believe that skyscrapers can fall in their own foot prints without even being hit by anything. They can be made to believe that torture prisons are necessary for their safety, when their own government admits most of the persons in them aren't guilty of anything. They can be made to believe that health care reform that actually raises the deductibles and the cost of health care simultaneously, is actually health care reform instead of the insurance company hogs wallowing in the trough yet again.

But in basketball, the sport that was born amidst the greatest populist uprising in the history of America, by a man who believed religiously and philosophically in the value and importance of each human being, it has always mattered how smart you played the game with the tools god gave you to play it with.

In basketball, the sport that has always been dominated by which ever group was among the poorest in America, there has persisted a tenuous thread of common sense; there has persisted some persons that still hold and teach the old populist values that the young, no matter how disadvantaged their social group may be, deserve and need to be taught that being smart, playing smart, and being an unselfish part of a team, are crucial to learning how to play the game of life. And that being poor just made the learning of such lessons simply that much more important, for not to meant certain poverty.

The coach is rich, because in the age of huge television revenues, he knows how to assemble and coach and serve a team. The assistant coaches have jobs, because they know how to assist the head coach in all of the above. The players play and win and reach their fullest potential individually and as a team, because they play smart, play unselfishly, and have great physical ability. The team itself is part of an athletic department and university that hopefully offers not only education, but a long term network of smart, talented, hard working persons to plug into.

jaybate 10 years ago

Heck, the greatest players of all races and cultures to play the game have always been incredibly smart players. Michael Jordan probably wasn't the greatest player of all time, but he was almost certainly one of the smartest players of all time. Michael Jordan had more basketball I.Q. in his little finger, than Allen Iverson had in his whole body, and AI was no dummy himself, though he made some stupid choices early on that cost him in the long run.

The world is littered with great talents that lacked the basketball brains to be great players. So is the world outside sports littered with great talents that lacked the brains to get the most out of their talents by making their organizations the best they could be.

Bully for you, Coach Dunphy.

Mrs. Morris didn't raise any dummies.

She brought them to Bill Self and they were smart enough to recognize what momma understood, too.

But she would have done alright delivering them to you, too.

Hope this epistle doesn't cost us a Philly recruit, but losing one to Dunphy would practically be an honor.

Joe Baker 10 years ago

KU outscored Temple, 42-16, in the paint and also outrebounded the Owls, 43-31.

We exposed their bigs and our bigs dominated quite convincingly. Levoy Allen is all they had inside. He even admitted that it was tough to defend Cole. I also predicted they would cave and double Cole. We did a good job burying the three. I saw SC, Reed, X and BM hit a few good perimeters to make their inside game suffer.

Great game and great opp to learn what needs to be done when a team attacks your bigs.


Beat Cornell!!

waywardJay 10 years ago


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That is a very interesting theory.

John Randall 10 years ago

lighthawk (anonymous) says... """review the photo above: some gyms hang large red elite eight banners, interesting....

I'm not saying our elite eight years are failures as they are not, yet they aren't the years we brag about.... """

You need to keep in mind where 'Elite Eight' occurs -- the Regional Finals ... This is the final game of a (selected) 16-team (Regional) tournament and plenty worth bragging on. In fact, I felt pretty good last March about winning a four-team ('pod') tournament to reach the Sweet Sixteen.

Steve Brown 10 years ago

KU62 granted nice to win any 4 team pod, the difference in AFH & Temple is that we don't hang banners celebrating our sweet sixteen wins, and they do. Just pointing out various 'expectations'.

it's fine to celebrate what you got and look at the photo, they got 4 sweet sixteen wins in last 20 years, not bad if you were Mizery.

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