Originally written on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 2/11/13

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 22: Peyton Siva #3 of the Louisville Cardinals is pictured during the game against the Morgan State Bears on November 22, 2009 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville won 90-81. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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...
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Kevin Love to meet with Lakers

Carli Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Auburn, Oregon to open 2019 season at AT&T Stadium

Butler can’t sign one-year contract unless it’s with Bulls

DeAndre Jordan wants 4-year deal, bigger offensive role

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kings reportedly looking into viability of firing Karl

Jim Brown: I ‘encourage and support’ Johnny Manziel

Vincent criticizes NFLPA over spending millions on lawsuits

MLB urges Supreme Court to deny San Jose's A's appeal

Jeanie Buss: Phil Jackson loves the Twitter criticism

Vikings RB McKinnon: If I had a fantasy team, I'd take myself

Report: Pelicans sign Davis to five-year, $145M extension

Jose Aldo out of UFC 189, replaced by Chad Mendes

Landon Donovan takes shot at Jurgen Klinsmann

Hope Solo admits to using stalling tactics on penalty kick

Scottie Pippen: ‘I was LeBron James before LeBron James’

Feud between Scioscia and Dipoto makes Angels fascinating case study

WATCH: Jim Harbaugh throws out first pitch at Tigers game

MLB’s All-Star roster will now announced be over two days

Blackhawks trade Brandon Saad to the Blue Jackets

Blatter won’t attend World Cup final due to ‘personal reasons’

Sharks have found their starting goalie by acquiring Jones

Fan who caught A-Rod’s 3,000th says he’s received threats

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Selecting the 2015 AL All-Stars

NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

Under the radar NBA free agents

Michael Sam, boyfriend broke up?

Mickelson linked to money laundering?

Reminiscing on 'Love & Basketball' 15 years later

Selecting the 2015 NL All-Stars

The Sixers' latest horde

Projected landing spots for NBA's top free agents

MLB changes format for Home Run Derby

Revis to work out with Patriots DBs

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.