The Shoes That Won Last Night: Russ Smith Drops 42, Leads Cardinals to Finals

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March 14

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With just days to go before Selection Sunday, some of the nation’s top teams are currently in the midst of battling it out with their respective conference’s tournament championships hanging in the balance. In the semis of the AAC, Louisville’s Russ Smith took it upon himself to dominate, scoring nearly half of the Cardinals’ points with 42 of his own. The No. 5 Cardinals made it look easy as they crushed Houston 94-65 and will head to the finals against Connecticut.

Elsewhere, No. 6 Virginia continued their miraculous season with an early win over Florida State in the ACC tournament. Joe Harris led the way for the Cavaliers with 20 points as they head to the semis against Pittsburgh, who also picked up a win last night. Forward Talib Zanna powered the Panthers to an 80-75 win over No. 15 North Carolina.

Catch all this, plus more NCAA conference tournament coverage and NBA action featuring Kyle Lowry in one of the most iconic Air Jordans of all time after the jump, and be sure to stick with Sneaker Report as March Madness action tips off!

Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things ’90s, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

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