At the start of the season, B12H.com ran a "Five Questions For..." segment asking the five most pressing questions of each team. In our continuing review of the season, here are the answers to those questions.
1) Can the Bears rebound from the loss of 50% of their scoring and 2/3 of their assists due to graduation?
I'm gonna go with a resounding YES on this one. Three players, LaceDarius Dunn, Tweety Carter and Ekpe Udoh, all averaged over 13.9 ppg. Add in Quincy Acy's nearly 10 ppg and you have four guys getting 57.8 ppg. To put that into perspective, Nebraska, as a TEAM, only averaged 66.5 ppg.
2) Coach Scott Drew can recruit, but can he coach those guys to a third straight post season tournament?
Another resounding YES. Drew led the Bears to an 11-5 conference record and 28-8 overall. Their tourney los... that was to eventual national champion Duke.
3) Can Michigan transfer Ekpe Udoh be the defensive force Bears fans are expecting from the 6-10 center?
This is getting too easy... YES. Not only was he a defensive force, but his 13.9 ppg perfectly complemented his 9.8 rpg. Oh, and he not only made the Big 12 Hoops first team all conference, but made it in as the Rookie of the Year.
4) Did highly ranked recruit Nolan Dennis make the right decision in rescinding his verbal from Memphis and commit to Baylor?
Hmmm... jury's still out on this. Nolan only averaged 2.2 ppg, but as we all know Memphis wasn't the Memphis of the past decade. If I were to have to decide, I'd say he did, but only because of the experience he got on an Elite Eight team under the tutelage of Tweety Carter.
LaceDarius averaged nearly 20 ppg and Tweety netted 15. I guess you could call it a toss up between the two, but certainly not one of the freshman.
As an aside, the question you fans thought was the most pressing at the onset of the season was about the impact freshman.