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Russ Smith, Ralph Willard, and The Rifleman.

Rick Bozich, doing good work.

But Pitino is already guaranteed one very expensive defeat: Long ago, before Russ Smith scored the first of his 1,205 points for the University of Louisville, Pitino bet his former assistant coach Ralph Willard a dinner that Smith would never be a prime-time player for the Cardinals.

Pay the man, Rick. Pay the man.

So obviously a lot of us know the story about Russ, and how Rick had to be talked into recruiting him.

But the bonus of the article is when we find out more about Rick:

"It's the perfect marriage," Willard said. "Rick isn't going to tell you this but when Rick was in high school he was the same kind of player that Russ is. He had four Division I players on his team – and he took more shots than anybody on the team. There's a reason that Rick's nickname was ‘The Rifleman.'

So... The Rifleman and Russdiculous, together in Atlanta. Go Cards!

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