Fear the Cardinals.
Everyone knows Louisville can defend — the team had 20 steals in its first game, a tourney record — but when its offence is going like it was on Saturday, well, that No. 1 overall seed seems well-deserved.
The defensive powerhouse improved to 31-5 on the season with an 82-56 throttling of Colorado State.
When Russ Smith is on his game, Louisville is the NCAA’s premier team. The junior followed a 23-point opening performance with 27 points, including four of Louisville’s five threes.