Tough Road

The Temple men's basketball team lost to No. 2 Duke in North Jersey and defeated No. 3 Syracuse in New York. On Sunday, the Owls take their longest trip to face another of the country's legendary programs as they meet No. 6 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Temple men's basketball team lost to No. 2 Duke in North Jersey and defeated No. 3 Syracuse in New York.

On Sunday, the Owls take their longest trip to face another of the country's legendary programs as they meet No. 6 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.

Allen Fieldhouse is one of most historic basketball arenas in the country along with Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium, Penn's Palestra and UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. The Jayhawks have won 29 straight home games and haven't lost at Allen to a non-conference opponent in their last 62 games.

"They have a wonderful basketball program, and I've had the opportunity to go there twice, once at Penn and once at Kansas," said Temple coach Fran Dunphy. "It was a fabulous experience. It will be a tremendous atmosphere, like it was to play at Madison Square Garden (against Syracuse). We need to be ready to go Sunday. … 4:30 Eastern, 3:30 Central, and I think our guys will be ready."

The Owls have won once in three meetings at Kansas, a 73-59 victory to open the 1993-1994 season. If you look back in your memory hard enough, you can still see Greg Ostertag frozen on the baseline as Eddie Jones blew by him for a thunderous dunk.

On Monday, Temple joined Kansas as one of only six teams – Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and Syracuse are the others – with 1,800 wins. Trying to win No. 1,801 will among the toughest challenges the Owls will face this season.

The Owls are 10-2, while the Jayhawks come into the game with an 11-1 mark – their only loss to Michigan State the second game of the season.

Temple has played two of its more complete games against Syracuse on Dec. 22 – a day Kansas beat Ohio State – and against Bowling Green on Dec. 31.

"We'll just watch film and know we have a great opportunity ahead of us," said Temple's leading scorer Khalif Wyatt. "We just have to take advantage."

Freshman guard Ben McLemore leads the way for the Jayhawks at 15.8 points per game, while seven-footer Jeff Withey is an offensive and defensive presence inside.

"We just have to see where teams had a little bit of success against those guys, where we can get shots," said Temple senior Scootie Randall. "We all need to be aggressive in that game and capitalize on whatever mistakes they make. They're athletic, they get up and down and they are playing extremely well.

"We've just got to go there and take care of business."
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