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Five Things: Missing McGary And Hancock Saves Cardinals…Again

The preseason No. 2 team finishes 35-5 and wins 16 in a row to close the season, culminating with a national championship. No dominant team in college basketball this year?

04/09/2013

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Rothstein: Louisville, Michigan Set To Give Us A Thrill

The season that none of us could predict is set to give us a title game that none of us will forget.

04/08/2013

Jordan Morgan #52 and Blake McLimans #22 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrate after the Wolverines defeat the Syracuse Orange 61-56. (Credit: Streeter Lecka, Getty)

Louisville Will Play Michigan For NCAA Title

Michigan spoiled what would have been one heck of a going-away party for the Big East on Saturday night, beating Syracuse 61-56 to earn a spot in Monday night’s championship game against top-seeded Louisville. Now the Cardinals have less than 48 hours to get ready for a team they haven’t played since 1978.

04/07/2013

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Rising Star: Louisville Junior Russ Smith

Russ Smith, nicknamed ‘Russdiculous’ for his frenetic style of play, has been simply wonderful in the tournament.

04/02/2013

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After Horrific Injury, Louisville Beats Duke 85-63 To Reach Final Four

With tears in their eyes and Kevin Ware in their hearts, there was no way Louisville was losing this game.

03/31/2013

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Louisville Cardinals Shut Down Colorado State, Into Semifinals

The Louisville Cardinals put on a defensive clinic, shutting down Colorado State and dominated the Rams 82-56.

03/23/2013

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Russ Smith Plays Through Grief

Russ Smith last spoke with his former high school coach, Jack Curran, less than three weeks ago. They talked about how well Smith had been playing for Louisville this season.

03/18/2013

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No. 10 Louisville Holds Off DePaul 79-58

Russ Smith scored 17 points, Peyton Siva had 16 and No. 10 Louisville beat DePaul 79-58 on Wednesday night for its fourth consecutive victory.

02/27/2013

Head coach Rick Pitino, Peyton Siva #3 and Russ Smith #2 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Florida Gators 72-68 during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball West Regional Final at US Airways Center on March 24, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Louisville In Final 4 With 72-68 Win Over Florida

Rick Pitino nearly came unhinged and his point guard watched the end of the game from the bench. When it was over, though, it was Pitino and Louisville making plans for the Final Four.

03/24/2012

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Kuric, Smiths Lead Louisville Over DePaul 90-82

Russ Smith hit back-to-back baskets in overtime Saturday and No. 19 Louisville rallied from an early 17-point deficit to beat DePaul 90-82, the Cardinals’ seventh win in eight games.

02/18/2012

Russ Smith #2 of the Louisville Cardinals reaches for the ball while defending Worrell Clahar #0 of the DePaul Blue Demons during the Big East Conference game at KFC YUM! Center on January 14, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

DePaul Trails Early, Never Catches Louisville

Oliver Purnell thought DePaul did everything it could with minimal help from its top two players.

01/14/2012