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College hoops world reacts to Temple thrashing KU

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When a program with brand-name recognition like Kansas loses a game, it registers throughout the college hoops landscape. When one of the blue bloods gets blown out, that attention reaches another level.

The Jayhawks (currently ranked No. 10) experienced an unbelievably bad night Monday in Philadelphia, where Temple looked the part of the powerhouse program in a 77-52 drubbing.

Here is a look at some of the reactions to the surprising beatdown.

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Even if people weren’t watching the game, the score grabbed their attention.

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The loss reminded Fran Fraschilla of another not-so-great KU trip to The City of Brotherly Love.

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What better place to get reaction to Monday’s game than RushTheCourt.net? The Temple fans, after all, did celebrate the win right there on the floor when the final buzzer sounded.

Temple fans run onto the court following the Jayhawk's 77-52 loss to the Owls Monday.

Temple fans run onto the court following the Jayhawk's 77-52 loss to the Owls Monday.

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RTC’s Brian Goodman had three thoughts on the shellacking:

  1. “When the Jayhawks get the bad Perry Ellis, the wheels come off quickly.”

  2. “There was more to it than Temple just getting hot.”

  3. “It’s taking longer than many thought it would for Bill Self to settle on a frontcourt rotation.”

While the lopsided score left some questioning the Jayhawks’ toughness…

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… others maintained KU is still a solid team which has played a serious non-conference schedule.

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In fact, CBSsports.com’s Gary Parrish still thinks KU ranks among the nation’s top teams.

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In Parrish’s rankings, which he updates daily, he only moved Kansas down to No. 15 (the day before he had KU ninth). Right now, the national writer has two Big 12 teams ahead of the Jayhawks: Texas (ninth) and Oklahoma (14th).

What can be learned from such a game?

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Seth Davis, of SI.com and CBS, thought Temple looks vastly better with its new lineup. (Not that he thought KU looked remotely good.)

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And ESPN.com’s Eamonn Brennan wonders if the Temple loss even means anything for Kansas in the grand scheme of the entire season.

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Still, he couldn’t overlook some bad tendencies that showed up in Philadelphia.

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Comments

Lance Cheney 7 years, 9 months ago

Well maybe some good old-fashioned public shaming will get this team's attention.

Bill Kackley 7 years, 9 months ago

I'm ashamed and I don't even play. If this is what getting top 25 recruits means, give me the lower numbered recruits that don' t think their s--- doesn't stink. Horrible defensive effort. I would have brought in the walkon's at the 12 minute time out in second half. Let people play who want to play with some heart.

Matt Bowers 7 years, 9 months ago

Here is what is not being talked about. Kansas is down a very important piece in the back court. Our players come from all parts and they played this game, at Temple, right before leaving for their first break and we are young.

The obvious. When you have more turnovers than assists, can't win on the boards and have poor shot selection...the wheels come off. This is still a work in progress and no one besides Frank is stepping up. Frank can facilitate the ball, hit the three and a mid-range, but he shouldn't be expected to do all of that and drive the lane.

The front court has got to get an edge and produce a leader. Everyone needs to be willing to play hard nose defense and hit the deck when necessary. Stop giving HCBS reasons to change the lineup because of a lack of effort in practice or not showing up to tutoring. Ridiculous.

This is a simple fix, but it has to be a fix the players want and buy into. You come to Kansas to be groomed for the NBA, accept the process. Merry Christmas Jayhawk nation.

Rock Chalk

Jason Musick 7 years, 9 months ago

Kansas made temple look very good. And temple sucks.

Erich Hartmann 7 years, 9 months ago

Those 2 athletes that became eligible for Temple, just made them a legit team. Also check Temple's stats in the game prior to KU. Temple wasnt a good team until those 2 athletic dudes ("ballers") started playing.

Bob Bailey 7 years, 9 months ago

You can NOT send the Jayhawks to the rim when the are 3-6 inches shorter with a team every bit as athletic as they are.

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