Don't count Louisville out

They've suffered big losses and also attrition, but the Cards remain good

Updated: January 9, 2014, 5:37 PM ET
By John Gasaway | ESPN Insider

Russ Smith and Lincoln DavisAP Photo/Michael DwyerRuss Smith's development as an efficient scoring point guard shouldn't go overlooked.

When this week's 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?