Louisville Wins with 'Sea of Red' at Rival's Arena

Lexington, KY - Except for a lone section of green Colorado State fans and the ushers in Kentucky blue, virtually every fan in Rupp arena was clad in red and on their feet, cheering for Wildcats’ rival Louisville as they defeated the Rams 82-56

Russ Smith drained shots from anywhere in rupp arena in starting 6 of 9 (including 4 of 5 on three-pointers), and Louisville slapped on the press after every basket to force 10 first half turnovers and give Louisville a 45-31 lead by halftime.

Smith showed why on many nights he is probably the best, and fastest player in the country. Teammate Peyton Siva also drove to the rim at will to show why many called this the beat backcourt in the country and why Louisville is the overall one seed and consensus favorite.

Smith dominated the contest, scoring 27, while Siva dropped 10 points for the Cardinals against the 8th seed.

Often Siva  and the Cardinals have let opponents keep it close before adjusting their press to destroy them in the second half, but Saturday they took over early against a Colorado state team that proved very worthy when they blew out Missouri in the previous game.

The Rams hoped the best rebounding margin in the country would let them muscle Louisville inside, but managed only a 12-11 rebounding edge by the half, and the game was basically over.

Louisville's press Saturday was a suffocating as it was last year when th killed heavily favored Michigan state to make a surprise trip to the Final Four.

This year, the Cardinals are preparing to face off against the winner of Saint Louis-Oregon, and, if they win, they could face a rematch against Michigan State in the Elite Eight. While Louisville is the popular national championship pick, the Midwest bracket they are in is considered the toughest in the tournament.


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