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Louisville's leading scorer Russ Smith
The Louisville Cardinals are one of the few teams this NCAA tournament that avoided being upset.
Rick Pitino’s crew is the only No. 1 seed that made it to Atlanta and has to be the favorite heading into the weekend. Louisville will meet Cinderella squad Wichita State and coach Gregg Marshall.
The Cardinals' biggest strength is their outstanding backcourt. They have not one but two potential NBA draft picks with their starting guard combination of Peyton Siva and Russ Smith.
Together, Smith and Siva have led the Cardinals through the tournament with ease, their toughest test coming in the Sweet 16 against Oregon, where they won by eight.
Through the first four games, Smith has been their go-to scorer, averaging 26 points per game.
Louisville’s biggest weakness is its half-court offense.
If their opponent can slow the tempo down and force Siva and Smith to work against a set defensive front, then the Cardinals could be in trouble.
They don’t have a very good inside threat on offense, nor do they have perimeter shooting that can stretch the floor (32.8 percent three-point shooting), so they rely on team speed and scoring in transition.