Top to bottom, Kansas has all the pieces.
Bill Self has a dynamic defender and low-post threat in Jeff Withey. Guards Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford are both steady contributors, and the bench has contributed enough to make this team one of the deepest in the country.
Oh, and the Jayhawks might be sitting on the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft—Ben McLemore.
All that being said, the Jayhawks can also play different styles of basketball if necessary. They have Withey to bang with on the inside, the guards to run the fast break after a defensive play and the talent (not the consistency—yet) to be a good half-court team, too.
The key to the whole thing might be Johnson—specifically how he handles the ball in March.
We know Withey and McLemore are going to star—both are headed to the draft in April. Johnson, though, is notorious for taking bad shots and forcing the ball into the wrong spot at times, leading to turnovers and some of the close games the Jayhawks have played this season.
Think about this—Kansas has only lost five games this season. In those five games, Johnson has 17 turnovers to just 15 assists.
To take it a step further, Johnson has played in only five games this season in which his turnover number was one or zero. Kansas' record? 5-0. Its margin of victory? 26.4, highlighted by a 19-point victory in the opening game of the season.
If Kansas can cut down on the turnovers, they can go all the way. There's no denying that fact, and there's no other way to put it: Bill Self needs to make this team understand that the only team that can convincingly beat the Jayhawks in March is the men in the mirror.
Which Kansas team shows up? There's a championship one and one that might go home in the second or third round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Without a doubt, Kansas has the most boom-or-bust potential in this year's big dance.