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.