Found March 09, 2013 on
Last year on Senior Day, Louisville came out and laid an egg, losing to USF. This year they played in a game where they had a Big East Championship on the line and the Cards did not disappoint. It didn’t take any overtimes this time as the Cards downed the Irish 73-57. Peyton Siva, Gorgui Dieng, and Mike Marra will go out as winners.
This was one of the rare senior days where it seemed as if all of the players that really stood out were seniors. Other then Luke Hancock, who has been absolutely on fire from three lately, there was a very even spread of scoring amongst the team. Yes, as shocking as it may be…Russ Smith only scored 5 points.
Senior Day was emotional for everyone…here is the video of the ceremony
Mike Marra was named the honorary head coach for the Cardinals tonight and sat next to Pitino all night. A couple times tonight Marra even called timeouts when he felt they were needed. Marra has said that he wants to get into coaching eventually and Pitino is looking to welcome him into his coaching tree. It is nice to think that everything happens for a reason and that is the case with Mike Marra because no one deserves to go through what he has gone through without some kind of repayment in the end.
Gorgui Dieng was the only junior to participate in Senior Day this year. Dieng came to the United States from Senegal and has developed his game so much to the point where many consider him capable of being a first round draft pick. I can recall him first coming to Louisville and him being this big lanky guy in the middle of the floor that didn’t understand the rules of the game. Where has all that time gone? Dieng has developed into a fan favorite among Card Nation and will forever be loved among the city. Dieng still may come back next year, but all signs point towards this win versus Notre Dame being his last game in the Yum! Center. Dieng finished only 3 points shy of his career high with 20 points.
Peyton Siva will go down as one of the greatest Cardinals of all time. You may be able to argue this for his on the court performance but you certainly cannot argue this about his off the court demeanor. Many people refer to him as one the the best people they have ever been around and a blessing.
I remember when Peyton Siva first commited to Louisville and he was consistently compared to John Wall. I will tell you what, I would rather have four years of Peyton Siva, than one year of John Wall any day of the week. Peyton Siva has been a joy to watch. I always remember back to a Friday night game against Connecticut where Louisville blew their doors off. Peyton Siva literally jumped over someone that night to get a rebound and it was just stunning to watch. There are somethings that he can do on a basketball floor that a lot of people cant and it is hard to see him go.
Sure, he has had his performances where he has made me want to rip my hair out. But he has always responded with big games and big shots. I leave you here with a couple highlights of the great times that Peyton Siva has given to Louisville.
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The last few days have been pretty awesome for Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng. He was named Big East player of the week and ESPN national player of the year over the weekend after posting 20 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks and three steals against Notre Dame over the weekend. Earlier today Dieng was named the Big East defensive player of the year.
Press release from BigEast.org.
University of Louisville senior Mike Marra has been injured much of the past two seasons but is still a big part of the Cardinals’ program. Marra, who plays the role of student assistant this season, will be one of three players honored during Senior Day ceremonies before today’s 4 p.m. game against Notre Dame.
Louisville junior Gorgui Dieng, who was second in Big East play in rebounding (10.8) and blocked shots (2.8) has been selected the conference's defensive player of the year.
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There was no need for overtime this time. The University of Louisville tagged Notre Dame with a 73-57 loss on Senior Night at the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals said goodbye to Peyton Siva and Mike Marra and (perhaps) Gorgui Dieng in style and claimed part of the Big East title.
No overtime this time, smiles all around
A farewell that won’t soon be forgotten, accompanied by a 73-57 win for the University of Louisville basketball team over Notre Dame, witnessed by a record crowd of 22,815 Saturday at the KFC Yum! Center.
Two seniors with near perfect games, Gorgui Dieng with 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. Peyton Siva with five assists, three-of...
Louisville’s Russ Smith, Gorgui Dieng and Peyton Siva have received All Big East honors. Smith and Dieng have been selected to the All Big East First Team, while Siva was named to the third team. Russ Smith was thought to be one of the top candidates for Big East Player of the Year, but with Otto Porter of Georgetown being the only unanimous selection for the first team, I’m...
Score: Louisville 73, Notre Dame 57
Star(s): Louisville Gorgui Dieng 20 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Blks
Story: Louisville had this game circled on its calendar for several weeks. Since losing an unbelievable five-overtime game in South Bend earlier this season, the Cardinals had won six straight — but what they really wanted was a little revenge. Combine that with Senior Night, and the KFC...
The University of Louisville claims two spots on the Big East All-Conference first team.
The honors was awarded to Gorgui Dieng and Russ Smith as the league prepares for its annual conference tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Peyton Siva was named to the third team.
Dieng averaged 10.3 points and 10.1 rebounds. He also had 63 blocks in just 24 games, while also collecting...
On Saturday, Peyton Siva and company will play for at least a share of the Big East regular season title. This did not seem like much of a thought after the Cards dropped 3 straight to Syracuse, Villanova and Georgetown. But with a couple of timely upsets and outstanding recent play, Louisville has set themselves up nicely.
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I don’t think I’m out of...