The college basketball season is roughly one month old, and Pitt finds itself among the national leaders in assists. Through 11 games, the Panthers are averaging 19.7 assists per contest and as of Tuesday night, ranked second in the nation. It is a very important stat to have, because it means the team is unselfish and not so dependent upon just one or two players.
The main reason Pitt is among the leaders in assists is partially due to Jamie Dixon starting two point guards. Senior Tray Woodall is a point guard by trade, but has played off the ball a good bit this season. Despite his role as an off guard, Woodall still leads Pitt in assists with six per game, which is good for 21st nationally. The emergence of true freshman James Robinson has opened things up offensively in a big way. Robinson averages 4.2 assists per game. Lamar Patterson is one of the most versatile players in the Big East, and he also averages 3.8 assists.
Pitt, as a team, shares the ball very well, and they spread the wealth around. The schedule has yet to be challenging, but the way the team is playing has to be commended. Last season did not look pretty at times, and some selfish play was going on. The 2012-13 Panthers look like they have the team aspect together, and it is impressive to see them so highly ranked in a very important category.