One year after an offensive fiasco here at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, No. 8 Kansas returns to TCU for an 8 p.m. tip (ESPNU) on Saturday night. If the Jayhawks can handle the Horned Frogs, they will hold onto a two-game lead in the Big 12 standings. So heres five things to know as we wait for the late showdown:
1. Whos turning it over?
If theres one thing thats keeping the KU offense from being elite, its turnovers. The Jayhawks entered Saturday ranked 13th in the country in offensive efficiency and theyve done that despite being the most turnover prone team in the Big 12.
You guys look at the Ken Pomeroy offensive efficiency stuff, coach Bill Self said this week. I don't know where we rank or whatever, but we shoot a really high field-goal percentage, but I would bet we don't rank that high because our turnovers are so high.
So I would rather shoot 48 percent and turn it over 12 times a game than shoot 51 percent and turn it over 16.
Self is partially right. The Jayhawks still rank pretty high in offensive efficiency. But they would presumably rank higher if they stopped wasting so many possessions.
Kansas has turned it over 80 times during Big 12 play 26 more times than their opponents. So its not surprising that they rank last in the Big 12 in turnover margin (-2.9 per game). For the season, the Jayhawks turnover percentage* (20.4) ranks 283rd nationally, according to KenPom.com.
*Turnover percentage is the estimated number of turnovers per 100 possessions.
Heres why its not as bad as it sounds: Traditionally, Selfs teams have never been among the countrys best at limiting turnovers. Teams can only be good at so many things. And Selfs system seems to produce teams that turn it over at a decent clip. Right now, KUs turnover percentage is right in line with last years mark (20.3). But the last KU team to turn the ball over like this was in 2008-09.
So whats been the main problem? Heres a breakdown of KUs turnovers during Big 12 play: