Terry Rozier Destined For Stardom

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect I can only speak for myself, but I honestly don’t remember a true freshman in the last ten years that Louisville fans have been more excited about than Terry Rozier. The Cleveland native’s unique path to Louisville made him an early fan favorite, but it’s not just his love and dedication to the Louisville basketball program that attracts...
Via The Cardinal Connect
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Russ Smith Named KenPom Player of the Year For The Second Consecutive Season

Pete Cautilli – The Cardinal Connect For the second year in a row Louisville has been recognized by college basketball’s stats sage Ken Pomeroy. His statistical equations have ranked the Cardinals the best team in the country and Russ Smith the nation’s best player under his statistic. Pomeroy’s statistical ratings focus on how efficient a team is on both the offensive and...
Via The Cardinal Connect
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug McDermott Earns Naismith Trophy

After two consecutive seasons of being an award finalist, the third time was a charm for Creighton University senior Doug McDermott, as he was named winner of the 2014 Naismith Trophy for Men’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T. The Atlanta Tipoff Club made the announcement earlier tonight during the AT&T National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Guardians...
Via Pro Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo: Louisville’s Russ Smith Attended Last Night’s Final Four, Wore A Cowboy Hat

Kentucky ended Louisville’s dreams of repeating as national champions, but apparently Cardinals point guard Russ Smith isn’t holding much of a grudge. We all heard how he went and personally congratulated his rival in their locker room after his final collegiate game. But it also looks like he attended last night’s Final Four games in the Kentucky fan section. He also wore...
Via College Spun
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Season ends but ACC beckons, a new dawn for Louisville

Take a while, absorb the fact that the both University of Louisville basketball teams are out of the NCAA tournaments. Yes, UofL fans are on the outside looking in at Final Four time, as are 600-plus other schools. At the end of the season, only two teams go home without a loss. It’s a bummer but that’s life, with all its ups and downs. Really makes one appreciate what Rick Pitino...
Via Louisville Card Game
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting Report – Russ Smith

Name:  Russ Smith      Age:   22 (23 in April)    School: Louisville Height: 6’0   Weight: 165   Projected Position: PG             2013-14 Stats (Through 2/4/14): 18.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.9 spg, 3.1 tpg (28.5 minutes per game) 45.4 FG%, 70.6 FT%, 39.5 3FG%, 56.9 TS%, 53.4 eFG% 32.4 USG%, 32.0 AST%, 16.3 TO%, 3.8 STL%   SKILLS...
Via NBA Draft Blog
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Russ Smith adds to list of All-American first teams

Russ Smith’s No. 2 jersey will soon be making its way to the rafters of the KFC Yum! Center, more than likely retired from use by any future University of Louisville basketball players. He was named a first-team All-American Monday by the Associated Press, the latest in a growing list of such honors, including  the United States Basketball Writers Association, Sports Illustrated...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Russ Smith named AP, Wooden All-American

University of Louisville senior Russ Smith has been named to the Associated Press' first-team All-American squad and to the John Wooden All-American team. Smith was one of five players selected to the prestigious AP team.
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Louisville Basketball Says Goodbye To Its Season And Four Seniors

It’s the end of an era for the Louisville Cardinals (via bustingbrackets) The Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball team saw its season come to an end in the Sweet Sixteen and when the final buzzer sounded, five players had played their last game in Cardinal red. Seniors Russ Smith, Luke Hancock, Stephan Van Treese and Tim Henderson are the winningest class in the history of...
Via Grandstand University
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Louisville star Russ Smith visited Kentucky Wildcats locker room after loss

Rivalries are what make sports what they are and college rivalries seem to make all other sports rivalries look like child’s play. There’s more than just pride on the line it seems when college programs clash and we saw one of the best rivalry games in college sports on Friday night when the Kentucky Wildcats upset their in-state rivals to advance to the Elite Eight this weekend...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Cameraman Falls on Louisville’s Russ Smith in Locker Room

Louisville Cardinals senior Russ Smith was reflecting on his college career when a cameraman lost his balance in the locker room. Smith saved said cameraman from falling flat on his face and even helped him up. [Lost Lettermen] The post Cameraman Falls on Louisville’s Russ Smith in Locker Room appeared first on Diehardsport.
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo: Russ Smith Thanks Teammates, Coaches, Fans On Instagram After Final Game At Louisville

Russ Smith’s Louisville career came to and end last night at the hands of Kentucky in the Sweet 16, but the fiery guard seems to be reflecting on the positive things that have happened during his college years rather than the heartbreaking final loss. As is becoming customary for star players who have completed their college careers, Russ took to Instagram late last night to thank...
Via College Spun
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Russ Smith to the fans: "I'm so sorry"

INDIANAPOLIS - An emotional University of Louisville senior Russ Smith met with the media after Friday night's loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament and told the fans, "I'm so sorry." Smith had 23 points to lead the Cardinals.
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Camera guy wipes out on Russ Smith during interview (Video)

Russ Smith had a crowded locker after Louisville’s loss to Kentucky on Friday night. Almost every writer and reporter wanted to talk to Smith, who had just finished playing in his final collegiate game. One cameraman even tried to sit on his lap. Just kidding, but a guy actually did take a spill and drop […]
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Russ Smith visited Kentucky locker room after loss

Russ Smith saw his senior season come to an abrupt end on Friday night as Louisville lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16. The eighth-seeded Wildcats gave the Cardinals all they could handle, and free throw shooting and offensive rebounding prevailed down the stretch. Smith was all class after his final collegiate game. Like Coach […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Hits: Kentucky trumps Cards, rolls into Midwest final

Here are three things we gleaned from Kentucky's 74-69 win over defending national champion Louisville, a stunning comeback victory that vaulted the 8th-seeded Wildcats to Sunday's Midwest Regional final (against Michigan): 1. Kentucky's unwitting Iron Five was amazing down the stretch Things didn't look good for the Wildcats early on when they fell behind 18-5 and...
Via Fox Sports South
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Kentucky headed to the Elite Eight and Russ Smith completely bricked a dunk after the buzzer

John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats are headed to the Elite Eight after upsetting the Louisville Cardinals 74-69.
Via College Football Section
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Kentucky Outlasts Rival Louisville After Russ Smith Misses Game Tying Three Attempt

Earlier tonight, we wrote that it would be hard for Kentucky-Louisville to surpass Michigan-Tennessee. We were wrong, it may have done just that. After jumping out to a double-digit lead early in the game, the two archrivals fell into a second half slug fest that saw Louisville forwards Montrezl Harrell and Stephan Van Treese foul out down the stretch.  With six seconds left and...
Via College Spun
20 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Russ Smith throws down big dunk vs Kentucky

Kentucky vs. Louisville has been everything we hoped for so far in the first half – well, at least it’s what Cardinals fans were hoping for. Louisville has built a sizable lead in the first half behind impressive shooting and intense defense – along with one big-time dunk. Cardinals senior Russ Smith absolutely unloaded on a drive and slammed the ball home over Julius Randle...
Via College Spun
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Russ Smith's dunk shocks Kentucky

Russ Smith played the role of rally killer early against Kentucky with a ridiculous dunk over Wildcats star freshman Julius Randle.Louisville pulled...
Via Athlon Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Steve Masiello puts Manhattan in a tough spot

After Louisville defeated Manhattan, the nation stepped back and took a deep breath. For 40 minutes the Jaspers pushed the Cardinals to the limit. Without some late game heroics from Russ Smith and Luke Hancock from behind the three-point arch, Manhattan would have been the most unexpected Cinderella at the dance to all of us. Everyone except Rick Pitino. Because he knew Steve Masiello...
Via Gumbeaux Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

A rested Russ Smith ready for UK Game

INDIANAPOLIS – University of Louisville senior All-American Russ Smith earned another honor this week, but he’s focused on helping his team win. Smith updates us on his health and his feelings as the Cardinals head into Friday’s game with Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
21 days ago  |  Discuss

The last lesson for Russ Smith ☆

For Louisville, the world revolves around Russ Smith. He is the point guard, sure, that is part of the job description, and on a pressing team that makes things all the more important as the main defender on the opponent’s primary ballhandler. Rick Pitino clearly puts a lot and expects a lot from his senior point guard and leader. There was that tinge of disappointment with his...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

5 reasons why the Louisville Cardinals will prevail

Rick Pitino and John Calipari face off in Friday night’s Battle of the Bluegrass.   5 reasons why the Louisville Cardinals will prevail 1. Montrezl Harrell. In the Wildcats’ 73-66 victory on December 28th, Chane Behanan had yet to be dismissed from the team. Behanan played 20 minutes without making a shot or attempting a free throw. The seven rebounds he snared were his lone...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

One for the ages

INDIANAPOLIS - Luke Hancock turned 24 a couple months back and has won NCAA tournament games at two different programs. Russ Smith is a few weeks from turning 23, and together they're the old men of a battle-tested Louisville team trying to repeat as national champions. Point guard Chris Jones was playing junior college ball at this time last year; he's the new guy, but he...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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