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Louisville junior Russ Smith is on a tear in the tournament.
Few guard tandems in the country compare to the Cardinals' dynamic duo of Russ Smith and Peyton Siva.
This is the second straight year they led Louisville into the Final Four.
Loaded with talent and experience, the stars complement each other quite well.
Smith is a sensational scoring threat, averaging 26 points per game in the tournament. The junior dropped 31 against Oregon in the Sweet 16 and is clearly playing with more confidence than at any time in his career.
Siva, a two-time Big East tourney MVP, clamps down on opponents defensively and can put up points in bunches when called upon. He had 16 points and four assists in the Elite Eight win over Duke.
Sophomore Wayne Blackshear bolsters the backcourt with a blend of size and outside shooting ability. The 6'5" swingman is averaging fewer than seven points per game in the tournament, but he adds length to Louisville's defensive efforts on the perimeter.
The Shockers' success is based on strong post play and rebounding, but don't overlook a solid stable of guards. Senior Malcolm Armstead spearheads a predominantly young unit.
He averaged just 11 points per game in the regular season, but he's been even better in the tournament. Armstead scored 22 points against Pittsburgh in the round of 64 and accumulated 32 points in the team's past two victories over La Salle and Ohio State.
He is an excellent slasher who displays patience along the perimeter. Armstead often concentrates on setting up teammates before looking for his shot.
Freshman Ron Baker has been Wichita State's second-best guard in the postseason. He drilled four three-pointers against top-seeded Gonzaga in the round of 32 and connected on all nine of his free-throw attempts against Ohio State.
Sophomore Tekele Cotton could be an X-factor among this group. He averages about seven points per game and will be relied on for defensive help against Louisville's excellent guards.
Cotton had five steals against Pittsburgh.