Posted January 21, 2013 on AP on Fox
Louisville only occupied the No. 1 spot for a week as its 11-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday. However, the turnover-minded Cardinals appear poised to get back on track on Tuesday night against Villanova, a team that has struggled to protect the basketball while losing three straight. Fifth-ranked Louisville (16-2, 4-1 Big East) forces 19.7 turnovers a game, the second-highest rate in the country. The Cardinals held a 16-9 turnover advantage on Saturday against Syracuse, but still lost 70-68 to the then-sixth-ranked Orange. It was the Cardinals' first loss since falling to Duke, 76-71 on Nov. 24. Coach Rick Pitino's team - which entered shooting 45.7 percent from the floor - hit 40.7 percent of its shots compared to Syracuse's 49.0 percent. "Give them credit, they made the plays; they made the shots when it counted and we didn't so you have to give them credit," Pitino said. "Great college basketball game and they won it." Louisvil...
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