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April 5, 2014

Study: Sam Houston State shows liberal assist giving

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Sam Houston State University found its way into the sports conversation Friday with an article penned by lead news writer Carl Bialik, who’s research on the subjectivity of assists awarded at college basketball games revealed that Johnson Coliseum is the best place in the game to pad this particular stat.

According to Bialik, Sam Houston has been the most generous in awarding assists out of more than 800 team-seasons at the NCAA Division I levelover the last three years.

Sam Houston athletic officials are clear about their liberal awarding of assists, with Jason Barfield being quoted saying “if the pass creates the basket, it’s an assist.

Experts say the assist is one of the more subjective stats to measure in basketball, and perhaps the NCAA Basketball Statisticians’ Manual’s ambiguous definition of an assist spells out why.  

The manual allows the stat keeper to exercise judgment: “An assist should be more than a routine pass that just happens to be followed by a field goal. It should be a conscious effort to find the open player or to help a player work free. There should not be a limit on the number of dribbles by the receiver.”

Over the past three years, Sam Houston is among five schools to consistently award assists on a higher percentage of made field goals than scorers judging the same matchups at different venues, according to Bialik.

The study also showed Bearkats statisticians apply the philosophy to opponents as well as the home team. Teams that played both home and away games against the Kats in the same season over the last three years averaged assist rates that were 20 percentage points higher in Huntsville than when they hosted the Bearkats.

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