Big 12 Capsule: Colorado

How good are the Buffs? Read more about Colorado's keys to success below.

Colorado

Record: 9-4

Strength: Offensive Efficiency

The Buffs are currently ranked 15th in KenPom's adjusted offensive efficiency, thanks in part to a turnover percentage that ranks in the top-10 nationally an efficient scorers like Alec Burks and sharpshooter Levi Knutson. The Buffaloes haven't typically turned the ball over, and they do an excellent job of getting to the line and making those shots, shooting 78 percent. The Buffaloes are also a top-25 team in effective field goal percentage.

Weakness: Defense

Colorado struggles in just about every area of defense. They don't block shots at a high rate and allow opposing teams to make nearly 37 percent of their threes (the national average is 34.2). The Buffaloes rank 171st in adjusted defensive efficiency, 214th in effective field goal percentage,182nd in offensive rebound percentage allowed and 207th in free throw attempt to field goal attempt ratio.

Star Player: Alec Burks, G

Burks is a difficult matchup for whoever he faces. Long and athletic at 6-foot-6, he often has a size advantage of his opponents. The sophomore from Grandview, Mo., was among the Big 12's top players as a freshman, and has ratcheted up his efficiency as a sophomore, going to the basket and making almost 51 percent of his shots. He's also getting to the line at a high rate and is making 81.3 percent of his free throws. One of the best players in the conference at playing to his strengths.


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