In search of a place to eat lunch Tuesday, Temple's John Chaney turned to Roy Williams for advice.
"Roy came out to our bus and told me where a barbecue place is. I said, 'You're gonna barbecue me tomorrow,'" the Owls' coach said, quipping about tonight's 8:38 tip at Allen Fieldhouse.
Actually, it would shock many if No.3 KU routs the seventh-ranked Owls, who return five starters off last year's 20-13 team. Obviously, Allen Fieldhouse gives KU an advantage, but Chaney doesn't expect his team to be intimidated.
He coached here against Larry Brown during the 1986-87 season, KU prevailing 67-64.
"(Danny) Manning beat me with a three-pointer. The clock was running out, I was yelling 'Shoot it, shoot it.' He was right next to my bench. He shot and it went in," Chaney said.
"This is one of the great spots in history. It's a fine place and the program is run by a class guy. But it's not the worst place to play. That's St. Bonaventure, where the people throw things at you. In Div. II, at Gannon, they threw candy. Our coaches would pick it up and eat it. At Bonaventure, they'd throw nickels, dimes and quarters and our players would pick 'em up."
Concerning the game, Chaney said his threesome of Eddie Jones, Aaron McKie and Rick Brunson may be worthy of all the preseason hype they've been receiving.
"I've had a lot of kids go to the NBA, seven or eight in 12 years. They are the best I've had," Chaney said.
Injury report: Steve Woodberry received two treatments on his swollen knee Tuesday and is expected to play tonight as is Jacque Vaughn, who has a bruised back. Both players were able to practice Tuesday night.
Big O's buddy: Temple's Derrick Battie, a 6-9 sophomore from Dallas, once visited KU on a recruiting trip. He's a friend of KU's Greg Ostertag, who hails from Duncanville, Texas.
"We've played in summer leagues before and went to Las Vegas this past summer," Ostertag said. "We're just friends. It's always interesting to play against someone you played against in high school."
Shoot, it's not that bad: KU's 45.8 shooting percentage through four games doesn't concern Williams.
"We went through a stretch last year when I started talking about our shooting percentage," Williams said. "I said that's because our standards are higher than anybody else's. We get in the NCAA Tournament and for four games we were over 55 percent. Ask me in 10 games and I may be (concerned)."