Rookie guards (men and women) at ISU making an impact with great assist-to-turnover margins

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The Iowa State men’s basketball team leads the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover margin and the Iowa State women’s basketball team ranks second in that category.

 Neither of those marks is particularly surprising. Coaches Fred Hoiberg and Bill Fennelly expect their players to take care of the ball and share it.

 The Cyclone men lead the Big 12 in minutes played by freshmen guards and the Cyclone women are second in the Big 12 in that statistic.

 Those marks are surprising when matched with the assist-to-turnover margins. Normally, inexperienced players suffer lots of turnovers.

 Hoiberg’s main rookie ballhandler – Monte Morris (27 assists, 6 turnovers) – has the best assist-to-turnover margin in the conference among freshmen.

 Fennelly’s two starting freshmen guards – Seanna Johnson (13:8) and Jadda Buckley (16:7) – have positive assist-to-turnover margins while averaging 29 and 28 minutes, respectively. The only other league freshmen guards playing those kind of minutes are Leticia Romero (ratio of 33:29) of Kansas State, Minta Spears (10:12) of Oklahoma State and Marina Lisarazu (22:30) of Texas Tech.

 Morris, Johnson and Buckley have earned their playing time in practice through their excellent ball handling skills. And, to date, the trio compares very favorably with their young peers in the Big 12.

 It’s a big reason the Cyclone basketball teams haven’t lost a game yet this season.

 [Statistics for this blog are as of Wednesday]