Davidson Passes Its Way into the Tournament

In this week’s Assist Map, we take a closer look at Davidson’s run in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. On Saturday, March 10, the Wildcats defeated St. Bonaventure in Washington, D.C. by a score of 82-70 to set up a pivotal showdown with Rhode Island. Their outstanding performance in this game helped them eventually make the NCAA Tournament.

In their win over the Bonnies, Davidson compiled 23 assists on 28 made field goals, for a 82.1% assist rate. On the year, the Wildcats rank 12th in the country in this statistic at 61.6%; however, they especially relied on their passing in this game. Davidson’s great passing set up countless great looks at the basket and allowed them to shoot 56% from the field and 55.2% from beyond the arc.

In this game, Jon Axel Gudmundsson and Rusty Reigel had eight assists each, with Rusty actually setting a new career high for assists in a game. From Jon Axel’s assists, two were directed at Oskar Michelsen, three at Peyton Aldridge, two at Kellan Grady, and one at Will Magarity. Reigel’s assists were relatively dispersed, with three going to Kellan Grady, two going to Peyton Aldridge, and one each going to Oskar Michelsen, Jon Axel Gudmundsson, and Will Magarity. Peyton Aldridge and Kellan Grady also contributed with three assists each. Two of Peyton’s went to Kellan Grady while the final was directed at Will Magarity; two of Grady’s assists were directed at Rusty Reigel while the final went to Peyton. The Wildcats will need to rely on their great passing once again in their NCAA Tournament game against Kentucky.

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