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Russ Smith gives some tremendous and classy quotes following the loss to Kentucky

Mar 29, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT

Senior guard Russ Smith gave a good performance in his final game for Louisville on Friday night as Smith scored 23 points in the loss to rival Kentucky in the Sweet 16 of the Midwest Regional.

Smith even dunked on Julius Randle. Again.

But the senior also gave some fantastic extended quotes after the game and showed that he’s a true class act.

Smith also went into the Kentucky locker room after the loss to shake the hands of his opponents, according to multiple reports.

Clearly a classy gesture from a player who has tasted both victory and defeat during a tremendous four-year college career. The Louisville and Kentucky rivalry can be ugly at times — as can any rivalry — but this marks a great moment from a key player in the rivalry from the last few seasons.

(H/T: Eric Crawford of WDRB and Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com)

  1. sportsfan18 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Things change over time… these kids play with each other in AAU, text each other etc… post videos online…

    Back in the 80′s, there was no internet, no calling on cellphones, texting etc…

    MJ and the rest of N. Carolina did NOT like Duke…

    Bobby Knight and IU did NOT like Kentucky in the 80′s… Bobby was ticked at Steve Alford for getting suspended for the Kentucky game when he posed in a calendar for charity and received no money…

    Bobby told him it was KENTUCKY and Bobby thought it absurd that Alford was suspended when Kentucky was dirty in every way, shape and form…

    No love back then…

    today, they all love each other…

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