5 Things to Know About: Louisville

As the Orange enter into the Cardinals' nest, get an in-depth look who the leaders are for Louisville as well as how the team performs as a whole inside.

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team enter the game as the nation's number-one-ranked program.

They are currently tied with the Syracuse Orange in overall record (16-1) and conference record (4-0), going into their home match.

Inside the KFC Yum! Center this season, the Cardinals have won all of their nine matches.

Away from the Carrier Dome, the Orange post a 4-1 record this season.

As the teams prepare to face off, here is what you need to know about Louisville:

1. Preseason Player of the Year update:

Senior guard Peyton Siva was bestowed with the honor by the Big East Conference's head coaches back in October of last year.

So far this season, Siva is averaging the second-most points per game (11.8) on the Cardinals squad, while being on the floor for the longest amount of time per game (29.4 minutes).

He is also tied for most steals per contest (2.4).

2. Being of Assist-ance:

Siva leads Louisville in assists per game with 5.6.

He has recorded the most assists in 12 of the team's 17 matches.

In Big East Conference play, Siva has attained at least seven assists in two of four games.

Overall, Siva has amounted at least seven assists in seven of the Cardinals' 17 matches, including three matches where he recorded double-digits in helpers.

3. Providing more opportunities:

Both Siva and fellow guard, junior Russ Smith has both spent around half of their season through 17 games as Louisville's leader in steals. Siva has had the most assists by any Cardinals' player in nine of 17 contests, while Smith has led the team in eight of their 17 games.

Overall, Louisville steals the ball a little over 11 times per game, good for third-best in the country, with only the Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) Rams and Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles gaining more steals per game in the entire nation.

4. Scoring:

In 12 of their 17 match-ups, the Cardinals have made at least 45% of their attempts from the field.

Of the four players on the team that have at least 100 attempts from the field this season, sophomore forward Chane Behanan has the best percentage, making a little better than 50% of the attempts he takes.

Up against Syracuse's 2-3 zone, connecting from three-point range has boded well for keeping teams with the Orange.

Louisville attempts almost 20 three-pointers per game.

They have gained more than 20 points from long range in approximately half of their contests, making at least seven three-point attempts in eight of their 17 contests.

Among the four Louisville players that have attempted at least 50 threes, Siva has the best percentage, making 39% of his tries.

Siva also leads the Cardinals at the charity stripe. Among all Louisville players who have taken more than 25 attempts from the free throw line, none is better than Siva's 88.5%.

Overall, Smith is recording the most points per game for Louisville, with just under 20 (18.9).

He has attained the most points for the Cardinals in 10 of their 17 match-ups.

5. On the boards:

On the offensive end, the Cardinals are 21st-best in rebounds attained, with the Orange leading the nation.

Defensively, Louisville has accumulated the 56th-most defensive rebounds in the country.

But, outside of the first game they competed in this season, the Cardinals have grabbed more rebounds than their opponent in 16 consecutive games.

They average a little over 40 rebounds per game.

Junior center Gorgui Dieng is the head of the nest as the only Cardinals' player averaging double-digits in rebounds per game, with 10.4.

Dieng has had no less than 11 rebounds in each of Louisville's last four match-ups, leading the team ever since Big East play began for them.

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