2013 National Championship Game: Can Louisville Cardinals Russ Smith Be Slowed Down?

By Trevor Lowry
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Can Louisville Cardinals Russ Smith be slowed down by the Michigan Wolverines in the 2013 National Championship Game? Let’s answer this with one simple word: no.

Smith is averaging 25 points per game in the tournament. The only person that can slow him down is himself by having a bad shooting game. However, if Smith is not knocking down shots, he will find a way to get to the free-throw line or just drive to the basket.

Smith had his worst offensive game of the tournament against Wichita State, shooting 35.3 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from the charity stripe, but he still managed to score 21 points. However, he did have five turnovers in the game, which cannot happen against the Wolverines.

Whether the case, Smith is the type of player that is going to get his 20ish points no matter what. He is averaging 13.9 shots per game on the season and he has averaged more attempts per game in the tourney.

Although Michigan has a respectable defense in its own right, Trey Burke and Smith will likely have big games for their teams no matter what. Both players mean so much to their teams and both players will be giving it their all.

I can see it being a scoring bloodbath between both teams’ guards tonight, well at least Louisville’s Smith and Michigan’s Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr.

Whether the case, Smith is way too lethal of a scorer to be stopped and he has proved that in every game of the 2013 NCAA Tournament so far.


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