Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 11/13/14
Top seeded Louisville punched their ticket to the Elite Eight by disposing of No. 12 seed Oregon, 77-69, Friday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.Louisville's Russ Smith led all scorers with 31 points, which tied his career high, but was he and the rest of Big East champion Cardinals playing under the weather?The answer is yes, according to quotes provided via Twitter by Louisville beat writers after the game.Smith, starting point guard Peyton Siva, and starting power forward Chane Behanan are among the notable Cardinals who are allegedly battling illnesses.Locker room interview reveals the team is all sick. Russ is the worst. Siva is very congested. Chane said he is just getting over it— Howie Lindsey (@howielindsey) March 30, 2013Much of Louisville's team, including Russ Smith (31 points), was sick in victory over Oregon.— Shannon Ryan (@sryantribune) March 30, 2013Pitino: "Russ has infected all our team with a ridiculous cold. All our guys are really sick. It took a lot out of us.:— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) March 30, 2013Pitino: "I kind of had to prod our guys all night. . . . All our guys were coughing and hacking."— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) March 30, 2013Pitino: "In every timeout, Russ was coughing in our faces."— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) March 30, 2013Siva says he's in the early stages of strep throat. Taking antibiotics. Smith, Ware also under the weather.— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) March 30, 2013Pitino's bunch will have to rest up quick as they are set to play Sunday afternoon for the chance to advance to the Final Four in Atlanta.
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