NCAA Louisville Cardinals flying high

Louisville's Russ Smith fights to get his shot off under pressure from Colorado State's Colton...

Louisville's Russ Smith fights to get his shot off under pressure from Colorado State's Colton Iverson yesterday. Smith's 27 points, including four of Louisville's five threes. (Reuters)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:23 PM ET

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.


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