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The Midwest is by far the toughest region to get to the final four, just look at the coaches. Top 5 Players 1. Russ Smith (Louisville)- There is no quicker player from end to end that Smith, he can drive to the hoop 1 on 5 and score if he wants too. 2.  Mason Plumlee (Duke)- Plumlee is averaging about 16 ppg and 7rpg so far in the big dance. 3. Gorgui Dieng (Louisville)- No player has improved from his freshman year until now than Dieng. 4. Peyton Siva (Louisville)- Rick Pitino has called Siva one of the best leaders and players he has ever coached. 5.  Seth Curry (Duke)- Curry is the best shooter left in the tournament. Best scorer : Russ Smith, Louisville Best passer: Peyton Siva, Louisville Best shooter: Seth Curry, Duke Best low-post scorer: Derrick Nix, Michigan State Best leader: Peyton Siva, Louisville Best rebounder: Gorgui Dieng, Louisville Best NBA prospect: Mason Plumlee, Duke Ranking the Coaches 1.Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) 2.Rick Pitino (Louisville) 3.Tom Izzo (Michigan Sta...

Russ Smith leads Louisville into Elite Eight

Russ Smith scored 31 points in the University of Louisville's 77-69 victory over Oregon in Sweet 16 action at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday night.

Smith leads Louisville to 77-69 victory over Ducks

Louisville coach Rick Pitino is baffled by Russ Smith. Not by the star guard himself, who is managing to outdo himself each time he steps on the court. No, Pitino doesn't understand why the rest of the country isn't as impressed with Smith as he - and every opponent who's faced him - is. ''I look at (player of the year) lists, and I don't see Russ Smith...

Louisville Shakes Off Sickness To Oust The Ducks

Score: No. 1 Louisville 77, No. 12 Oregon 69 Star(s): Louisville: Russ Smith 31 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast. Oregon:  A. Kazemi 11 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast. Story: It seemed like the two games Louisville had played thus far in the tournament hadn’t greatly tested the seasoned Cardinals, and their third game wouldn’t go much differently.  The atmosphere was like a home game for an NBA...

Louisville Cardinals roll over Oregon Ducks

INDIANAPOLIS, March 29  –It did not even look like a  fair fight for most of the game. Louisville dominated Oregon to such a degree that the teams did not appear to be in the same weight class. It’s just that simple. Please click here to read this story. The post Louisville Cardinals roll over Oregon Ducks appeared first on Players View.

Cards down Ducks 77-69; Move to Elite 8

With the team battling illness and going against a scorching hot team, Russ Smith and company found a way to pull out a victory, 77-69.  Oregon was pesky and kept hanging around but in the end, Louisville was just to much.  This win combined with a heart wrenching Kansas loss gives Louisville the title of the only 1 seed remaining in this tournament. Russ Smith is the most loved...

Cardinals trying to get healthy for Duke game

A little rest may be the best medicine Louisville can get before playing Duke in Sunday's Midwest Regional final. After contending with an illness that had Russ Smith coughing every time he rested Friday night and was spreading throughout the team, the Cardinals said Saturday they are feeling better. Guard Peyton Siva said the team feels more energetic after getting to sleep...

No. 2 Louisville 77, No. 25 Oregon 69

Louisville survived its first test. Russ Smith matched his career high with 31 points to lead three Cardinals in double figures, and top-seeded Louisville showed it can win close games, too, beating Oregon 77-69 on Friday night. Kevin Ware added 11 and Gorgui Dieng had 10 points and nine rebounds for Louisville, which has won 13 straight. Coach Rick Pitino improved to 11-0 in the...

Louisville pushes past Oregon despite most of team feeling ill

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...

Poor start ends Oregon run in NCAA tournament

Blame Oregon's poor start for its disappointing finish. The Ducks missed eight of their first 11 shots and got outscored by Russ Smith through the first 10 minutes Friday night. They came back to make a game of it late, but the Ducks never could overcome that early hole in a 77-69 loss to top-seeded Louisville. ''If it wasn't for the beginning, it would have been...

Sweet 16 College Basketball Plays (3/29)

Must Plays: Russ Smith (Louisville)- Smith is just a flat out scorer. He will go 1 on 5 and score on you most of the time. So far in the tournament he has been unstoppable averaging 25 ppg. In both of those games he shot 15 field goal attempts and got to the free throw line 15 times total in 2 games. Jeff Withey (Kansas)- Withey is coming off a monster game against North Carolina...

Duke ready to return to Indy for Midwest Regional

Duke always seems to feel right at home in the heart of the Hoosier state. The Blue Devils have won six of seven NCAA tournament games played in Indianapolis and have won two national titles there. That includes their most recent championship in 2010 when the current seniors were freshmen. A pair of victories there this weekend at the Midwest Regional would send them back to their...

Pitino Said He And His Team Have Been Under The Weather

There had been some rumors floating prior to last night’s game that Louisville guards Peyton Siva and Russ Smith were both battling a cold. Rick Pitino confirmed that last night following his teams’s 77-69 win over Oregon in the Sweet 16. “He’s (Russ Smith) been sick,” Pitino told Kent Taylor of Wave3. “He infected the entire team. We’ve got six guys with major colds...
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