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Russ Smith ready to play against his 'boys'

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ORLANDO, Fla. - University of Louisville senior guard Russ Smith will have some familiarity with the Cardinals' first round NCAA Tournament opponent. The Cardinals face Manhattan, a team that Smith knows or played with most of the Jaspers' players during high school.

Forget the fact that Russ Smith almost transferred to Manhattan College following a disappointing freshman season at the University of Louisville four years ago. But the native New Yorker didn't need to almost become a teammate of those players on the Jaspers roster to know them well. Smith grew up with several of them, played with and against a few in high school and on the AAU scene and said...

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