Louisville transitioning at the right time

The Louisville Cardinals enter the 2013 Big East championship on a seven-game win streak and are playing some of their best basketball of the season. One reason for their recent play is how the Cardinals turn turnovers into points.

Most PPG Off Turnovers
Big Six Conference Teams

The Cardinals force 18.5 turnovers per game and create turnovers on 28.2 percent of their opponents' possessions. They score 22.6 points per game off turnovers, the most among the big six conferences. In Big East games, Louisville averages 16.6 transition points per game, and more than half of those have come off turnovers.

Louisville’s most explosive player in transition is Russ Smith. He averages just less than 18 points per game, and more than one-third of them (6.2) come in transition. That ranks fourth in the nation and second among big six conference players behind Virginia Tech guard Erick Green’s 6.7 transition points per game.

The Cardinals would not be as productive in transition if it weren’t for their defense. Before the seven-game win streak, Louisville had lost four of seven games. In that stretch, the Cardinals were allowing 97.5 points per 100 possessions. However, that number has dropped to 88.0 points per 100 possessions during Louisville’s seven-game win streak.