Originally written on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 12/18/12
Louisville is averaging more steals per game than any other Division 1 team that has played at least eight games this season. Louisville is averaging 12.1 steals in ten games. Here are some numbers courtesy of StatSheet.com. LSU is averaging 12.3 steals per contest, but have only played seven games this season. Nat’l Rank SPG Team Games 1 12.1 Louisville 10 2 11.7 Syracuse 10 3 11.3 Virginia Commonwealth 10 4 11.2 Monmouth 11 5 11.1 Stephen F. Austin 8 Although Louisville’s offense has improved with each game of the season, particularly in the second half against Memphis, I still think this is a defensive team. What makes this group a national championship contender is their ability to defend. I can’t think of a back-court in the country that is better defensively than Peyton Siva and Russ Smith. .
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