Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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Louisville coach Rick Pitino dished out plenty of praise following a season-opening victory, though that may have been expected given the amount of contributors that returned from last season's Final Four team. The second-ranked Cardinals have a good chance for another dominant performance when they host Samford on Thursday night. Louisville returned 11 players from a 30-win squad that fell to eventual national champion Kentucky in the national semifinals, including Gorgui Dieng, Peyton Siva and Russ Smith. All three contributed in Sunday's 79-51 victory over Manhattan to begin a season filled with high expectations, and Pitino wasn't shy about discussing how pleased he was with each - especially Siva and Smith. While Dieng scored nine points and played his customary solid defense in 20 minutes, Siva scored 10 points and dished out a career high-tying 10 assists to earn high marks from his coach. "I think Peyton is the best guard in the country," Pitino said. "He (rarely was) a...
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