Mar 25, 2012, 12:44 PM EST
During his MVP performance at the Big East tournament in New York, Peyton Siva did just about everything, averaging over six assists and scoring in double digits in every game.
The Siva that has emerged in the NCAA tournament is scoring less, but the Cardinals are still winning, which means Louisville can survive without an MVP performance from him.
Saturday night was a prime example of that, as Siva had just nine points, but added eight assists and had just one turnover. He then fouled out with four minutes to play.
“This is one of the first times that I really handled the one in like a situation that was so serious,” said guard Russ Smith about Siva fouling out. “And it could have potentially cost us the season. I was very nervous.”
That may not be the raw confidence that Pitino would prefer his players to exude, but at least it’s truthful. Smith, put in that situation, was able to make Louisville work in the last few minutes.
They may have found a different way to make it to New Orleans, but they did. Welcome the Cardinals to the Final Four.
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