The Louisville Cardinals' chances of defending as national champs just got a lot stronger.
Russ Smith will return for his senior season to attempt to become the first college graduate in his family and compete for a second NCAA title.
The guard was Louisville's leading scorer on the season with 18.7 points per game and 22.3 in the NCAA tournament.
Online sports book TheGreek.com lists Louisville at +800 to win the national championship. The Kentucky Wildcats are the current favorites at +300.