1. One big reason Muscala leads BU in assists is that BU is using three PG’s. That may be troubling in another way, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t sharing the ball. BU PG’s in total average about 3.5 apg – not great but more than Muscala’s 2.7 apg.
2. When Muscala kicks out to Johnson or Ayers, it often leads to a good 3-point shot. Over the past two years, Johnson is hitting 41.2% on threes and Ayers is 43.5%. Those are effective FG pcts of 61.8% and 65.2% respectively. They are both better than that when they get a kick-out and are squared to the basket and open.
3. One big factor on assists is who is the official scorer. There are big differences across D1 schools in when an assist is given. For example, when I looked at this a few years ago, it was much tougher to get an assist at Lafayette than in other PL venues. Many of the scorers are different now, so I’m not sure which places are harder/easier. One big factor for Bucknell assists is that so many baskets come after passes to Muscala or Willman in the paint. Typically they then put the ball on the floor at least once before shooting. And once they put it to the floor to manuever for a shot, most scorers will no longer award an assist (although some will).