One-on-One: Jerry Smith

Jerry Smith has started every game for Louisville this season but the 6'1 sophomore guard has struggled of late, scoring in double figures just once in the Cardinals past five games. Smith went one-on-one with following Louisville's 70-65 win over New Mexico State last week.

Sophomore guard Jerry Smith had a very successful freshman season for the University of Louisville men's basketball team. The 6-foot-1 Wisconsin native averaged eight points per game for the Cards while also leading the team in three-point percentage (47.8). He made 55 of his 115 tries from long range and overall made 48.4 percent (91 of 188) of his field goal tries.

This season, though, Smith has struggled somewhat – especially of late. Smith is one of only three players to have started every UofL game so far (Terrence Williams and Earl Clark are the others) and he is third on the team in minutes played per game, but he is only fifth in scoring (9.1 ppg) and is shooting just 36 percent from the field (27 of 75), including 31.3 percent (15 of 48) from three-point range.

Smith has scored in double figures in half of UofL's first 10 games, but he's only done so once in the last five games. In Saturday's 70-65 win over New Mexico State Smith played a season-low 19 minutes, shooting 2 of 7 from the field, including 1 of 5 from three-point range, on his way to seven points. Smith, like most of the Cards in the locker room, wasn't in the best spirits after the narrow win over the Aggies.

Q: What was the difference in the game against New Mexico State?

A: "The difference in the game was three-point shooting. We made more threes than they did (12 to 7) and that was basically it. They gave us the three and we took them, a lot of them."

Q: What about the Aggies' shooting, it seemed like every time you guys made a shot they came right back and made a big shot?

A: "They're great shooters. (Jonathan) Gibson is a knock-down shooter, No. 1 (Justin Hawkins), I don't know his name, but he's a great shooter as well and they hit some big shots and came back and made it a close game at the end."

Q: How do you feel about the team right now after a close game?

A: "Right now the atmosphere just feels like we lost. Coach is down, everybody else is, and it's a struggle right now. We're just grinding it out and trying to work hard in practice, get back on top."

Q: How do you guys fix things?

A: "Practice hard tomorrow and try to just get back out there, that's the only thing we can do."

Q: What are you trying to bring to the court right now?

A: "(Just bring) intensity and hard work. I'm just playing hard and trying to help the team win."

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