Don't count Louisville out

Russ Smith's development as an efficient scoring point guard shouldn't go overlooked. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

When this week's ESPN.com Power Rankings came out, I couldn't help but notice that my opinion of Louisville is not what you'd call widely shared. I had the Cards ranked No. 5, but most of my colleagues (seven of nine fellow voters) didn't even have Rick Pitino's club in the top 10. That tracks pretty well with the AP poll, where the Cards are ranked No. 12.

That seems a bit harsh for a 13-2 team whose only losses came by single digits to North Carolina (on a neutral floor) and Kentucky (at Rupp Arena), doesn't it?