March 19, 2013
Louisville may be the tournament's overall No. 1 seed, but the Cardinals certainly weren't rewarded with a cushy path to the Final Four. Winners of 10 straight, including the Big East championship, Louisville is a worthy favorite. But there is plenty of company in a loaded Midwest Regional. Led by forward Mason Plumlee, Duke was a cinch for a top seed before losing to Maryland in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. No team is carried more by emotion than Atlantic Ten champion St. Louis.
November 6, 2012
Last year's season champion: Syracuse (17-1 conference, 34-3 overall). Last year's tournament champion: Louisville (defeated Cincinnati, 50-44). Top returning players: Peyton Siva (Louisville, 5-11 senior guard, 5.6 apg.); Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati, 6-4 junior guard, 14.3 ppg.); Otto Porter (Georgetown, 6-8 sophomore forward, 9.7 ppg.); Jack Cooley (Notre Dame, 6-9 senior forward, 8.9 rpg.); Anthony Collins (South Florida, 6-1 sophomore guard, 9.0 ppg.).
February 4, 2013 |
Russ Smith scored 18 points, Peyton Siva added 14, and No. 12 Louisville shot 52 percent to run away from No. 25 Marquette, 70-51, on Sunday. The lopsided outcome was somewhat surprising considering what was at stake for both teams in the Big East. Marquette had an opportunity to take a one-game lead on Syracuse, but the Golden Eagles (15-5, 6-2) were left settling for a first-place tie with the Orange. The Cardinals (18-4, 6-3) moved a half-game closer to both schools with their second straight win, remaining in a four-way tie for third.
June 5, 2013 |
It looks as if the 76ers are starting the process of looking at potential draft picks. On Tuesday, the Sixers brought in Temple's Scootie Randall, Louisville's Peyton Siva, and Kentucky's Archie Goodwin. The workout was unannounced. Last season as a senior, Randall, who graduated from Communications Tech, averaged 11.3 points and 6.3 rebounds for the Owls. Siva, the starting point guard for national champion Louisville, averaged 10 points, 5.7 assists, and 2.3 steals. In one season at Kentucky, Goodwin averaged 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.7 assists.
March 10, 2012 |
Sean Kilpatrick keyed Cincinnati's early three-point barrage and scored 18 points as the Bearcats held on for a 71-68 victory over No. 2 Syracuse on Friday night in a semifinal of the Big East tournament. The fourth-seeded Bearcats (24-9) will meet Louisville, which beat Notre Dame in the other semifinal, in Saturday night's championship game in New York's Madison Square Garden. To get there, the Bearcats ended the 11-game winning streak of the top-seeded Orange (31-2). They did it with an incredible shooting performance over the opening 14 minutes of the game when they took a 17-point lead, and then by holding on as Syracuse was able to get within one point in the final seconds.
March 23, 2012 |
Chane Behanan scored 15 points and Gorgui Dieng anchored Louisville's stifling defense with seven blocked shots, helping the Cardinals knock off top-seeded Michigan State, 57-44, Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals in Phoenix. Louisville (29-9) smothered the NCAA tournament's best-shooting team with its matchup zone, getting good pressure from its guards up top and some big swats by Dieng, one of the nation's top shot-blockers. The Cardinals relied on three-point shooting in the first half and went inside during the second to befuddle the Spartans and earn a trip to the West final against either Marquette or Florida on Saturday.
January 25, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Peyton Siva scored 16 points, and Louisville beat Villanova 84-74 on Wednesday night to return to .500 in the Big East after a rough start to conference play. Siva was brilliant late when the Cardinals (16-5, 4-4) needed him most. He made a turnaround jumper from 15 feet to give the Cardinals a 73-67 lead with 2:56 left, then made two sharp passes on the next two possession that led to points, including Jared Swopshire's three-pointer in the corner that made it 78-70 with 1:09 left.
April 7, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Louisville already had the bigger names, the better team and some unfinished business after coming up short in last year's Final Four. All Wichita State had was the cute-and-cuddly underdog angle. Now the Shockers don't even have that. Kevin Ware is everybody's favorite player since he suffered a broken leg in gruesome fashion last weekend yet summoned the strength to encourage his teammates, and having him at the Final Four has given the top-seeded Cardinals (33-5)
January 26, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE - Villanova's shooting stroke went south, and its defense went downhill in the second half at Louisville on Wednesday night. The Wildcats, who led by five points at halftime, shot just 30.3 percent and were outscored, 45-30, in the second half as the host Cardinals rallied for an 84-74 Big East Conference victory in front of 21,219 fans at the KFC Yum! Center. "I thought we played good in the first half, but in the second half I thought our defense was just porous," Villanova coach Jay Wright said.