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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