Originally written on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 3/28/13
I think it’s safe to say that Russ Smith is one of the best players in the country this year, right? If you’ve watched Russ and Louisville this season, it’s hard to deny him as one of the top scoring guards in the country. For the first 2/3 of the season, Russ was consistently being mentioned as a candidate for national player of the year. After Louisville’s three-game skid in January, Russ’ name stopped being mentioned quite as much. After Louisville’s five overtime loss to Notre Dame in February, Russ’ name to my knowledge was never mentioned again as a player of the year candidate. Having a meltdown in the game that was likely watched by more people than any other game this season really hurt Russ’ chances at winning National Player of the Year. I’m not necessarily saying that Russ should win the award, but there is a chance he’s going to end up being the best player on a team that wins the national championship. That alone should make him a top candidate. At least that is what s...
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