Kansas Basketball Negative No. 2: 3-point and free throw shooting were abysmal
Kansas basketball couldn’t get anything going from long range, shooting 3-for-12 from outside compared to Illinois’ 11-for-27 mark. The team’s supposed best shooter, Timberlake, went 0-for-3 and Dajuan Harris, Elmarko Jackson, and KJ Adams missed their one attempt.
While it was encouraging to see McCullar shoot 2-for-3 from deep a year after he shot to a 29.6% 3-point percentage, him being KU’s best shooter can’t be sustained throughout the season. Kansas will either have to improve in this aspect of the game or abandon the 3-ball when it isn’t falling. With Hunter Dickinson in the picture, they’ll need to feed him and focus on good ball movement and dribble drives.
And as always, Kansas couldn’t hit its free throws. It’s something that Bill Self team’s always struggles with. They shot 12-for-19 at the charity stripe, good for 63.1%. That is something that will plague the Jayhawks late in games all season.