Found February 11, 2013 on
The Cardinal Connect:
Louisville was predicted to be one of if not the best teams in the country for numerous reasons. Experience, depth and overall talent were all popular reasons, but having what was thought to be one of the best backcourts in the country was also a factor.
Peyton Siva and Russ Smith have both had solid seasons for Rick Pitino. Siva was the preseason Big East player of the year and is one of twelve finalists for the Bob Cousy Award. Smith had a lot of hype heading into this season after breaking through last year for the Cards. Russ has lived up to the hype and was named a finalist for the USBWA Oscar Robertson trophy.
Everything was smooth sailing until Jan. 19 when Louisville fell at home to Syracuse 70-68. The Cards have now lost four out of their last seven games and while Siva and Smith have taken turns having solid performances, it’s been quite a while since the two have collectively played well in the same game.
Since Louisville’s loss to Syracuse, Siva has scored in double figu...
BEST OF MAXIM
This game can only be categorized as a heartbreaker if you are a Louisville fan. And if you’re not a Louisville fan, than it was one of the best games of the year. Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant scored 12 points in the last 47 seconds to force overtime.
Fans had been calling for Russ Smith to get the ball in end of the game situations for weeks now, and when Siva fouled out in...
Notre Dame faces two major obstacles in its quest for an upset win tonight over No. 11 Louisville: the Cardinals defensive pressure, and its orchestrator on offense, long-time Irish foil Peyton Siva.
Cameron Biedscheid scored on a layup with 1:19 left in the fifth overtime, and Eric Atkins and Pat Connaugton added free throws in the final 19 seconds as No. 25 Notre Dame overcame an eight-point deficit in regulation to beat No. 11 Louisville 104-101 Saturday night.
Russ Smith had a chance to tie it, but his 3-point attempt missed before Notre Dame students flooded the court to...