Kansas basketball: 3 takeaways from Jayhawks upset loss to UCF

UCF exposed several of KU's flaws

Jan 10, 2024; Orlando, Florida, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self reacts to a call during a game against the UCF Knights
Jan 10, 2024; Orlando, Florida, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self reacts to a call during a game against the UCF Knights / Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports
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Jan 10, 2024; Orlando, Florida, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Kevin McCullar Jr. (15) looks to pass
Jan 10, 2024; Orlando, Florida, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Kevin McCullar Jr. (15) looks to pass / Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

1. As long as the Jayhawks struggle with ball security, games are going to be ugly

Turnovers continued to plague the team throughout the game. They gave the ball away 18 times in yesterday's loss, Saturday's narrow victory over TCU, and the Maui Invitational loss to Marquette. Kansas also turned it over 15 times to Tennessee and 14 to Kentucky.

It remains to be seen if this is a repairable aspect of the Kansas basketball team. Kevin McCullar might be playing at an All-American level, but there is no reason he should be turning the ball over five times. The same goes for KJ Adams, who rarely handles the ball. I think it's time fans stop talking about him like his playmaking has improved — he is not someone you want holding the ball for more than a couple of seconds, especially in crunch time.

Ultimately, this is a problem Dajuan Harris must fix, which we will go over in a later slide. While those risky passes to Dickinson in the paint work sometimes, they result in far too many turnovers. And while it might seem rash to criticize a two-time national champion and Hall of Fame head coach, Bill Self has to do a better job drawing up plays for his superstar.

There are times when the Jayhawks look discombobulated and uncomfortable offensively for extended stretches. At one point, they did not connect on a field goal for over six minutes. Shooting over 50% for the game and scoring only 60 points should tell fans all they need to know — turnovers are and could continue to be this squad's downfall.