Roundball Chatter for Dec. 24

Updated: December 24, 2012, 11:55 AM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

• You saw the importance of free throw shooting in Syracuse's loss to Temple last weekend. The Owls won by four points and made 10 more free throws in the upset. Temple was 29-of-36 from the line while the Orange shot 19-of-34. Missing 15 free throws in a close game will kill you. Michael Carter-Williams missed eight of them (seven-of-15).

• How about a salute to Kansas for its win at Ohio State. Ben McLemore has been a dynamic diaper dandy; he scored 22 points in the victory ...

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