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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,College,John Keim

Kansas basketball is in trouble. That's what the recent three-game slide suggests, especially when one of those losses happens against the worst team in the conference, TCU.

The Jayhawks' defense remains one of the best in the country, but making shots has been a problem since Big 12 play began.

In the Big 12, only one of their top three 3-point shooters is making more than 29 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.

There were warning signs before this recent slide. In a five-game stretch in January, all wins, Kansas averaged just 62.2 points. According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, it was the lowest five-game scoring stretch for Kansas under coach Bill Self.

The Jayhawks still play some of the best defense in the country and have shooters who can get hot, like Elijah Johnson. Also, they did make 46.3 percent of their field goals in Saturday's loss to Oklahoma. So Kansas might be struggling, but the Jayhawks are not done.

- John Keim

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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