Despite battling a cold â€“ and being accused of passing it on to his teammates â€“ Louisville guard Russ Smith matched his career high of 31 points.
â€œRuss has been getting everybody sick coughing and everything, but, hey, if he continues to be sick and score 31, then I told somebody else Iâ€™m just going to keep him outside all night and get him even sicker so he can score even more,â€ senior Peyton Siva joked in the locker room following the game.
With Siva in foul trouble early on, reserve Kevin Ware gave the Cards a lift with 11 points, topping his previous career best by one. Gorgui Dieng had 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots.
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