Found March 22, 2014 on Louisville Card Game:
Saint Louis had finally made the game ugly enough to go ahead 29-27, with the University of Louisville having missed its first 10 shots in the second half. During those five and a half minutes, Stephan Van Treese blowing a point blank tip in, Chris Jones clunking on three attempts, including a layup, Montrezl Harrell three beneath the basket, Luke Hancock on three three-point attempts while committing two turnovers, and Russ Smith, playing with a thumb wrapped in tape, air balling a three-point attempt. The outlook not good at this point for the defending national champions. Going downhill fast. Rick Pitino has seen enough. Time out. Russ Smith, his eyes glazed, his body aching, his thumb no longer wrapped in tape, would somehow assert himself, connecting on a floating jumper in front of the basket to tie the score. Smith would step to the free throw line 40 seconds later and sink two free throws to put UofL back in front. An absolutely critical sequence, Russ making it happen. Not...

Rick Pitino seems frustrated with Russ Smith

Louisville coach Rick Pitino and his star senior guard Russ Smith have always had a complicated relationship. While Smith has played a key role in much of the Cardinals’ success over the past few seasons, which included a national championship last year, Pitino has always been very vocal about Smith’s decision-making abilities on the court. After all, he did coin the term ...

Reward for amazing comeback vs. NC State? Billikens get Louisville

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jim Crews insists he hasn't spent much time thinking about what it would mean for Saint Louis to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time. The fifth-seeded Billikens (27-6) are a win away for the third straight year, and it won't be easy making school history against defending national champion Louisville in the Midwest Region. The fourth...

Billikens' regular-season woes come back to haunt them in Louisville loss

There would be no dramatic comeback for the Saint Louis this time. The Billikens overcame a rough start against fourth-seeded Louisville and led briefly with 14:15 remaining, but the reigning national champion Cardinals were too much for SLU down the stretch and pulled away for a 66-51 victory in Orlando to advance to the Sweet 16. "We didn't play particularly well today...

Rick Pitino: Russ Smith doesn’t understand scouting by other teams

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino says there is one more thing star point guard Russ Smith needs to work on to improve his game. Smith shot 3-for-10 and committed 7 turnovers in Louisville’s win over Saint Louis in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. Quick Rick, talking about Smith’s shaky game, says […]

Defense wins the day for Louisville

Louisville’s ethos is built on the trapping, pressing defense that has made Rick Pitino one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history. Saint Louis had a hard time breaking that defense and the low field goal percentage — 39.6 percent — was a sign of that. Eventually not even Saint Louis’ attempts to keep the game close with their own suffocating defense was enough. The...

2014 March Madness: Louisville Vs. Saint Louis – Game Time, TV Schedule, Announcers, Line, Predictions

Twitter/@BleacherReport Louisville was very lucky to pull out a win against its MAAC doppelganger Manhattan. Saint Louis was even luckier to be the beneficiary of an epic collapse by N.C. State. Someone’s luck will run out on Saturday. The winner will face one either Wichita State, Cal Poly, Kentucky, or Kansas State. Be sure to click here for more on Louisville and Saint Louis...

Louisville 66 – St. Louis 51: Cards Survive And Advance

Kevin Cox – Getty Images It was ugly for the most part of the game, but when it’s late March, there is only one thing that matters. Survive and advance. That is exactly what Louisville needed on Saturday afternoon. For whatever reason, this team clearly didn’t look like themselves in the first weekend of the tournament. Against both Manhattan and St. Louis, the Cards were able...

Louisville dodges Manhattan's upset bid, 71-64

Chris Jones leaned back in his chair, shook his head and sighed, the hushed conversations around University of Louisville's locker room doing nothing to drown out his exhausted breath. "It's hard playing against yourself," Jones said. No, it wasn't a challenging practice. It was Manhattan, the No. 13 seed in the Midwest region. It was the unintimidated Jaspers...

Russ Smith a Naismith Award finalist

One day after helping lead the University of Louisville men's basketball team into the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for a third consecutive year, senior Russ Smith has picked up another big-time individual honor.

VIDEO: Will Gardner & James Quick

Louisville quarterback Will Gardner and receiver James Quick discussed their progress and more following the Cardinals Friday afternoon practice session.

Montrezl Harrell On The Fear Of Losing During Manhattan Game: “You Might Never Put On This Uniform Again”

Montrezl Harrell was one of the main reasons that Louisville was able to take down 13-seed Manhattan, despite receiving the Jaspers’ best shots. The athletic forward scored 12 points, grabbed 13 key rebounds, and added four blocks in the 71-64 win that was much closer than the score would indicate. After the game, Harrell discussed the fear of losing, and how it drove the team...

Russ Smith Named One Of Four Finalists For The 2014 Naismith Trophy

Pete Cautilli – The Cardinal Connect Louisville senior guard Russ Smith is one of four finalists for the 2014 Naismith Trophy. The official website for the prestigious award revealed the four finalists on Sunday afternoon. Each finalist was chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based selections on individual performances throughout the 2013-14 men’s...

Billikens struggle to take care of basketball, fall to Louisville 66-51

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Louisville didn't need a big game from Russ Smith to get back to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Luke Hancock scored 21 points and the defending national champions shrugged off a cold shooting performance to beat Saint Louis 66-51 on Saturday and advance to the round of 16 for the third straight year. The fourth-seeded Cardinals (31-5) shot under 45 percent...

Louisville barely shakes Manhattan

The Cardinals can breathe a bit easier. Not too easy. Manhattan might still be behind it waiting to play catch up. Louisville might have played with its food a little too long, certainly too comfortable for those that have Louisville going deep in its title defense. But the Cardinals secured a 71-64 win over the Jaspers in a hard-fought, difficult game. Manhattan was able to muck...

Blackshear the 'unsung hero' for the Cards

ORLANDO, Fla. - Luke Hancock and Russ Smith hit key shots down the stretch for the University of Louisville in a 71-64 win over Manhattan on Thursday in the NCAA Tournament. But junior Wayne Blackshear came up huge for the Cardinals off the bench. Cardinal Authority has the latest.
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