Found March 25, 2013 on NESN.com:
The University of Louisville is the 3-1 favorite at  Bovada to win the national championship heading into the Sweet 16. Therefore, it’s not surprising that Cardinals star guard Russ Smith is the 5-1 favorite to take home the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player award. It’s pretty much a guarantee that a player from the team that cuts down the nets will win the MOP award. The last to do so from a school that didn’t win the national championship was Houston’s Akeem Olajuwon (he wasn’t Hakeem yet) when his Cougars were stunned in the 1983 title game by Jim Valvano’s NC State Wolfpack. Louisville’s Smith, a 6-foot-1 junior from Brooklyn, led his team in scoring this year with 18.4 points per game. In U of L’s 79-48 blowout of No. 16 North Carolina A&T in the round of 64, Smith scored 23 points and had eight of Louisville’s NCAA Tournament-record 20 steals. Louisville wasn’t challenged by No. 8 Colorado State in the round of 32 either, winning 82-56. Smith again led the Cardinals wi
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