Our defense is better because we are not getting killed in transition from bricks and missed shots where rudy would chuck them up the 2 bigs would expect a miss and go to the boards and get caught up court.
We make shots we can play defense. One took care of the other imo. and because we can play d we can get out in transition too. Ross, Lowry and JV have played better but the transition part now allows them to.
Deeper bench helps too.