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Does Minnesota Have an Assist Problem?

Does Minnesota Have an Assist Problem?

Minnesota’s assists to field goals made ratio (“A/FGM” or “assist rate”) puts them in the top 5 of all D-I programs. You’ll hear many extol the virtues of assists and how wonderful it is the Gophers “share the ball.” However, assists don’t make an offense good (efficient). They’re just assists. Making a basket without an assist counts just as much as scoring with some help from a teammate.

An assist rate can indicate a number of things, but more than anything it helps to describe a team’s style and tendencies. A high assist rate is not a good indicator of an efficient offense.

Last year Creighton attempted (and made) a lot of 3-point shots off of passes. Their high assist rate helped push their offensive efficiency to excellence.

For some teams a high assist rate is due to the lack of offensive creators. In order to score, their offense needs to operate as a team.
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Minnesota: Stealing Is Not The Answer

Minnesota: Stealing Is Not The Answer

You know, my first year at FIU we were top ten in the country in steals. We certainly were not that last year. I think that number will go up…” – Richard Pitino at Big Ten Media Day

In fact, the Gophers had the 23rd best steal rate among 351 D-I teams (including teams transitioning in). Only Ohio State, who boasted one of the nation’s best defenses, was better among conference peers.” – LateNightHoops.com

Head coach Richard Pitino has talked about more steals as a way to improve the 2014-15 Gophers, but the Gophers aren’t likely to improve their defense much by creating more steals. Last season was already very good and the team’s top thief has graduated (Austin Hollins).
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