Russ Smith not worried about record book

University of Louisville senior Russ Smith has moved up several spots in the Cardinals' record book but he's not thinking about those marks. Smith wants to end his season with wins. Cardinal Authority checks in with Russ Smith.

University of Louisville senior guard Russ Smith is now tied for second in school history in steals and is No. 10 in all-time points scored.

With five regular-season games left, the 6-foot Smith can move up even more in the U of L record books before he graduates.

But that's not what Smith's thinking about as the Cardinals prepare for a big game on Saturday at Cincinnati. The tip is noon against the Bearcats in Cincinnati.

"I couldn't tell you where I am on any lists right now," Smith said. "I'm very thankful for everything that's happened to me and all of my coaches and teammates. But I don't worry."

Smith, who was expected to perhaps transfer after playing limited minutes as a freshman, has turned into one of the nations top players.

After helping U of L to back-to-back Final Four berths and last year's national title, Smith ranks No. 10 on the school's scoring list. He passed Wes Unseld and Billy Thompson on Tuesday night and has 1,697 points heading into Cincy.

Smith can pass the next five players on the list and finish fifth all-time, trailing only Darrell Griffith, DeJuan Wheat, Pervis Ellison and Reece Gaines. U of L's Milt Wagner (1,836) is currently in fifth.

"When you look at Russ' resume, pretty tough to top that resume," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "He's come a long way."

Smith has 230 career steals and is tied with Griffith for second, just 24 behind Peyton Siva. He also ranks fourth in school history with 432 career free throws.

"Individual accolades are nice and all," Smith said. "But I wouldn't have any of it without coach Pitino and my teammates. I've had a lot of great teammates that I am grateful for. Every time I look back, I'm just thankful."

And he's not finished.

Smith said his goal is to make it back to a third straight Final Four. The Cardinals are 22-4 and have won four in a row since losing to Cincinnati, the team they play on Saturday.

"It's a game we need," Smith said. "We're going to go in and do our best. But we're pretty confident where we are at right now."


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