Every bad pass, every dribble off the foot, every fumble is going to prove painful for Kentucky.
That's the only way Coach Matthew Mitchell thinks he can put a stop to a burgeoning turnover problem for the No. 8 Cats.
"It's something I think we can correct, I just have to figure out some way to make it so punitive in practice that they sharpen up or I don't know," Mitchell trailed off after the Cats coughed up the ball a season-high 28 times versus Middle Tennessee on Friday night.
Mitchell called the mountain of turnovers the "one real, real troubling part" of a good win for UK (9-1), which will face Belmont on Sunday in Memorial Coliseum.
What seemed like an anomaly early in the season has started to look like a contagious disease spreading from UK player to UK player. The Cats have had double-digit turnovers in every game this season, including 20 or more in six of 10 games.
"We're real indecisive about it," sophomore guard Makayla Epps said of the turnovers. "Twenty-eight turnovers. I mean, MTSU played some good defense, but some of those are just strictly us. We need to get that way, way down."
Coaches tried to drive the point across in practice before the MTSU game, forcing players to run for making careless decisions with the ball, but that obviously wasn't enough, Mitchell said.
"We're making very poor decisions against a packed defense, and these diagonal bounce passes are just a lack of focus and discipline," he said. "I have to as a coach make that very painful for them in practice."
Normally, when commentators are talking about turnovers and Kentucky, it's about how many the Cats' "40 minutes of dread" style has forced.
This season it might be about UK's own problems hanging onto the ball. After averaging 15.5 turnovers a game each of the last two seasons, UK is now coughing it up 19.3 times a game.
Out of 343 teams in the nation, just 61 are averaging more turnovers per game than Kentucky. Only three Southeastern Conference teams are turning it over more than UK.
"We just get ourselves into a spot where we over-dribble against a packed defense," Mitchell said. "We don't reverse the ball; we don't move the basketball."
The Cats' most veteran point guards, Janee Thompson and Jennifer O'Neill, are averaging 3.5 and 2.6 turnovers a game, respectively, both increases from their averages a year ago.
But it's not just those two with the problem, Mitchell said.
In the locker room after UK's win over the Raiders on Friday night, the coach offered this notion for his players to consider: "Think of what we could've done if we'd just taken care of the basketball. If everybody just had one less."
Other teams have been able to capitalize on UK's mistakes as well, which is especially troubling for Mitchell.
In three games this season, Kentucky has given up 20-plus points on their own turnovers. That number went up to 30 points handed over against the Raiders.
The silver lining for Kentucky is that it's just 10 games into the season and Mitchell believes his guard-heavy team will get better at getting the ball into the right hands.
Just how painful he has to make that lesson is up to the players.