Strength: Frontcourt Athleticism
The Bears' frontcourt trio of Quincy Acy, Perry Jones III and Anthony Jones are as athletic as any frontcourt group in the country. Together, they've worked to own the boards, with Acy and Jones dominating the offensive glass. They've also teamed with reserve J'mison Morgan to block a high number of shots and intimidate opposing shooters. That frontcourt is a serious advantage for the Bears and could help to propel them to a Big 12 title this year.Weakness: Turnovers
The Bears are committing turnovers on a startling number of possessions, giving the ball away on nearly 23 percent of their offensive possessions. That problem is especially noticeable in the backcourt. LaceDarius Dunn has committed a whopping 26 turnovers in eight games (3.25 per game). But that's kid's play compared to point guard A.J. Walton, who has 38 giveaways in 10 games (3.8). There isn't a single player on the roster who has a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, and only one player who has played at least eight games has more assists than turnovers (Walton). The Bears also aren't shooting the ball well from deep, making just 32.4 percent of their threes.
Star Player: LaceDarius Dunn, G
Dunn missed the first three games of the season but has been nails since returning, averaging 21.8 points per game. Much of that production has come behind the three point line, where Dunn is shooting 41.4 percent. But he's also doing a nice job getting to the bucket, attempting more than seven free throws per game. He's making 83.1 percent of his freebies as well, and is averaging two steals per game.