Sharing the Rock

Jan 12, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton on January 12, 2012 at 12:13 am | Updated: January 12, 2012 9:25 am

In BYU’s 81-56 victory over San Francisco on Jan. 7, the Cougars had one of the best games in program history in terms of sharing the basketball. BYU hit 29 shots against the Dons and assisted on 27, including all 16 baskets in the first half and the first 18 of the game.

The 27 assists on 29 made shots is a ratio of .931, the third best in a single-game in program history. The BYU record for a single game was set in 2001 against Idaho when BYU had assists on 20 of 21 baskets (.952). The second-best mark was set in 1982 against Wyoming with 17 assists on 18 baskets (.944). Interestingly, BYU was on pace to set the record before Nate Austin’s put-back dunk as time expired against San Francisco. Without the dunk, BYU would have had 27 assists on 28 baskets, a ratio of .964. But alas, the Austin dunk did earn frozen yogurt for the fans.

Not only was the San Francisco game an impressive display of sharing, that has been the story of this entire season. In fact, the 2011-12 squad has an assist/field goal ratio of .653 (343 assists on 525 baskets), a ratio that if maintained will be a BYU record. The current record was set by another Dave Rose-coached team in 2007-08 with a ratio of .648 (587/906).

See the chart below for assist information on all of Dave Rose’s teams since he became BYU’s head coach in 2005.

Season FGs Assists Ratio Assists/G Assist Leaders
2011-12 343 525 .653 19.1 Carlino 4.9, Abouo 2.9, Winder 2.5, Zylstra 2.4
2010-11 538 1019 .528 14.5 Fredette 4.3, Emery 3.5, Collinsworth 2.1
2009-10 567 1025 .553 15.8 Fredette 4.7, Emery 2.7, Haws 1.5
2008-09 537 909 .591 16.3 Fredette 4.1, Cummard 3.4, Emery 3.0
2007-08 587 906 .648 16.8 Murdock 3.6, Cummard 3.5, Burgess 1.9
2006-07 542 972 .558 15.9 Ainge 4.4, Cummard 2.7, Balderson 1.7
2005-06 462 782 .591 15.9 Broadus 3.7, Ainge 2.6, Reichner 2.5