Conventional wisdom held that Russ Smith, Louisville’s leading scorer from it’s NCAA championship team, would be headed to the NBA after a remarkable junior season. That wisdom was apparently way off, as Smith has announced he will return for his senior season.
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Tonight in New Orleans, a Cinderella (Louisville), an emerging program no longer in the shadow of its rival (California), one of the best programs in women’s basketball history (Connecticut), and a team that is making its third straight Final Four appearance behind one of the nation’s top players (Notre Dame) will meet in the NCAA Women’s Final Four.
Second round games are tonight and tomorrow. Tonight’s line-up includes a pair of intriguing 4-5 games: Maryland-Michigan State at 6:20 Central and Georgia-Iowa State at 8:50. Tomorrow will see All-American Elena Delle Donne and Delaware take on coach Sylvia Hatchell’s third-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels.
Two soon-to-be conference rivals are paired off in the Round of 32 in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament at Rupp Arena, which fortunately holds a lot higher capacity than the Maui Convention Center. Folks, a new rivalry is being born. Maybe the constant realignment of college sports isn’t all bad.