Russ Smith earns MVP honor

Louisville junior guard Russ Smith scored 21 points in 80-77 win over Kentucky on Saturday and becomes first Cardinal to receive the honor.

The Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) today named Russ Smith the Most Valuable Player of the men's basketball game between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. The Cardinals won the game by a final score of 80-77.

Smith, the first Cardinal player to receive the award, registered 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in the victory.

"We are honored to award this trophy to Russ Smith," said BSC Executive Director Terry Johnson. "This was a fantastic game in a great rivalry and Smith gave an oustanding performance in the win tonight for Louisville."

Smith will receive a trophy in recognition of his achievement. The award has previously been given to Kentucky players Josh Harrellson (2010) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2011).

The Bluegrass Sports Commission

Governed by a board of directors, the Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) is an independent, non-profit 501c3 responsible for recruiting, growing, executing and attracting sporting events of all sizes and types that serve the Central Kentucky by increasing economic activity and/or improving the quality of life for its citizens.

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