Four questions that matter most for Duke-Louisville

Sunday March 31st, 2013
Russ Smith

in transition?\nWhen Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski went into superlative mode in Saturday's press conference, it was not hyperbolic.* What he said was, "There's not a better transition guard in the country -- [and] I'm trying to think of one in recent memory -- than Smith."\nThis is the truth: When Smith gets into the open court off of a steal or even a decent outlet pass, it typically doesn't matter if he's 1-on-2, or 3, or 4, or even 5 -- he finds a way to get a layup or get to the free-throw line. I combined Synergy's transition-possession logs with minutes-played data to identify which major-conference guards score the most in transition, and Smith is far and away the national leader, at 7.39 fastbreak possessions per 40 minutes played.\n

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