Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 3/18/13
There are several numbers you can point to if you want to make the argument it'll be Rick Pitino's Louisville team that cuts down the nets in Atlanta on April 8. Point to the fact that the Cardinals' pressure-filled defense is second in the nation in steals per game and turnover margin, behind only Virginia Commonwealth. Mention that they're second in the nation in defensive efficiency as well. Look at the fact that no team is hotter than the Big East tournament champions (their only loss since Jan. 26 was the five-overtime thriller at Notre Dame). Talk about the resilience they showed in the Big East title game, when they were down 16 points to Syracuse with 15:34 left and then outscored the Orange 49-16 the rest of the way. Point to numbers guru Ken Pomeroy, who has Louisville as the second-ranked team in the nation (behind a flawed Florida squad) as well as the No. 1 team in adjusted defensive efficiency. But the best reason that this year's No. 1 overall seed will be the natio...
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