Temple at No. 6 Kansas
• WHEN/WHERE: 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence
• TV/RADIO: CBS (Chs. 5, 13); KCSP (610 AM)
• ABOUT TEMPLE (10-2): It was an interesting December for Temple, which lost at home to Canisius on Dec. 19 before rallying to knock off then-No. 3 Syracuse at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 22. Leading scorer Khalif Wyatt, a senior guard, had 33 points in the upset over Syracuse. The Owls only other loss came against No. 1 Duke. Temple, coached by Fran Dunphy, was picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic 10, according to the preseason media poll. With its victory over Bowling Green on Dec. 31, Temple joined Kansas (and others) as the sixth school to record 1,800 victories. The Owls lost in the NCAA first round last season.
• ABOUT KANSAS (11-1): KU rides a 10-game winning streak into its nonconference finale. The Jayhawks stingy defense is responsible for most of the streak, but the emergence of freshman guard Ben McLemore has complemented the continued growth of KUs senior class. McLemore leads Kansas with 15.8 points and is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game. (Danny Manning holds the KU record by averaging 14.6 points as a freshman in 1984-85.) As a team, Kansas has shot better than 50 percent in its last six games. Sophomore Naadir Tharpe has 22 assists and zero turnovers in his last four games, including a career-high 12 assists last week against American.
• BOTTOM LINE: Kansas can win its 30th straight game at Allen Fieldhouse and 99th out of the last 100 but Temple should make the Jayhawks work for it. Its hard to imagine that KU can continue to shoot so well, but the Jayhawks defense should be enough to pull through against Temple.
| Rustin Dodd, email@example.com