"What's holding back Kansas' offense?" is a question that I suspect will persist this season. After the Jayhawks' loss to Michigan State in the Champions Classic, various, valid diagnoses included failure to make layups, failure to get Perry Ellis enough shots, and failure to adjust schemes to fit KU's personnel. For me the most tantalizing thing is the same as it was last season—the Jayhawks have the potential to be a top-five offense if they really leverage the long-range shooting of Brannen Greene, Wayne Selden and Frank Mason, but that's unlikely given their commitment to inside-first basketball.
With all of that said ... this is still a very good team, one that should win the Big 12, and I doubt there will be many more games—if any—in which all three of their primary guards lay eggs like they did in Chicago. They had an ugly night and still only lost by six to a team that'll likely be a top-three seed in the NCAAs.