For the first time this season, Kansas coach Bill Self inserted freshmen Kelly Oubre and Cliff Alexander into the starting lineup at the same time. Oubre, a 6-foot-7 wing was making his third start of the season after scoring 23 points against Lafayette on Saturday, while Alexander made the first start of his career.
Suffice to say No. 10 Kansas didn’t get off to the start it wanted to. Temple raced to a 12-2 lead in the opening 6 minutes, and the Jayhawks never fully recovered.
“We just need to work on things in becoming more consistent,” said Oubre, who finished with nine points and seven rebounds on four-of-eight shooting. “It’s finding where we need to be at.”
Alexander, meanwhile, was limited to just two points — on two free throws — while missing his only field-goal attempt. In two of his last three games, Alexander has gone without a field goal.
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▪ Monday’s 77-52 loss tied for the worst true road loss of the Bill Self era. The Jayhawks also lost by 25 points at Texas on Feb. 25, 2006. It also tied for the second-worst loss overall of the Self era, behind the 32-point loss to No. 1 Kentucky on Nov. 18.
▪ Kansas will now have a full seven days off before returning home to face Kent State at Allen Fieldhouse. The KU players will have a handful of days off for Christmas before returning to Lawrence.
Key play: Temple forward Jaylen Bond threw down a one-handed dunk that gave the Owls a 22-10 lead with 9:46 left in the half.
Key stat: KU had 13 turnovers.
Key play: After Kansas cut the deficit to six early in the second half, Temple’s Devontae Watson hit a short jumper that pushed Temple’s lead back to eight with 16:40 left. KU never got closer.
Key stat: Temple shot 69.2 percent in the second half.