Afterward Smith spoke with ITV about the game, and where the Cards go from here.
Q: What was going on in that first half when you guys trailed 32-21 at halftime?
A: "We haven't had a half like that since I've been at Louisville for two years. You've just got to give them credit as well, they took us out of our offense early and they played a very good game, you've got to give UNLV credit.
Q: Was UNLV's defense the best you've seen this year?
A: "We've played a lot of good defensive teams, but they rank up there. They try to deny you, take you out of everything you're doing and get a ton of deflections and steals every game."
Q: You guys were able to make a comeback in the second half, what keyed that?
A: "Our defense without a doubt. The first couple minutes of the second half it was all about getting stops, that's what we wanted to focus in on. We knew offense would slowly come, but we really wanted to focus in on getting stops."
A: "Earl hasn't played Kentucky since he's been here...he'll make a difference without a doubt." Q: Is this one of the most frustrating losses you've been a part of since you've here?
A: "Without a doubt, by far, simply because there's so much on the line and it's at home as well."
Q: Is this a similar loss to your team's last home loss, Jan. 1, 2008 against Cincinnati?
A: "This is the same exact feeling after that game simply because we were down, fought all the way back, then they got us by one."
Q: What does this loss to do you the team?
A: "It deflates you a little bit, we'll be out of the Top 25 now, it's tough. But you've just got to stay positive and try and keep it moving."
Q: How to you keep everybody up?
A: "Just stay positive and don't hang your head and dwell on it. We've got Kentucky Sunday, to make amends and turnaround heading into Big East games, we've just got to focus in."
Q: Can you talk about the upcoming game against UK, the rivalry and what you guys will have to do to be successful?
A: "There's not another (rivalry) like it in college. People go to the extreme for this game. We've just got to lock in on the scouting report, they've got two tremendous players and we've got to come ready to play team defense to stop them."