Peyton Siva's Third No-Show Leads to Louisville's Third Straight Loss

By marcvilas
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Coming into the season Peyton Siva was heralded as one of the nations top point guards and expected to lead his team deep into March.  Right now Louisville is just hoping its engine can just get going again before they drop off a cliff.  After reaching the No. 1 ranking in the nation the Cardinals have dropped three straight, and Siva is a huge reason why. Going into the Syracuse game a week ago, the six-foot little engine that could was running a highly efficient attack for Rick Pitino.  However, that seems to be where this train jumped the track.

Siva had dropped big games on top of big opponents like, Missouri, Duke, Memphis and in-state rival Kentucky.  He averaged 16 points, 4.5 assists, three turnovers and two steals in those four games.  After reaching the top of the rankings his stats, and team, have taken a nosedive. In his last three games, against Syracuse, Villanova and Georgetown, he has averaged six points, seven assists, three turnovers and one steal.

Where he has really killed his team is in his inability to create and make shots.  For the majority of the season he was the spearhead of their pressure defense which led to easy baskets, those have disappeared. Against the Hoyas he attempted two shots, making neither and, the worst effort coming at the end of regulation with his team down one. Having a point guard that is 6-24 from the field in his last three games is scary.

The Cardinals have some soul searching to do as a team as they are now 4-3 in Big East play, and on the wrong side of momentum.  Basketball tends to start and end with guard play, and Siva is not getting the job done for a team with high expectations.  If he cannot right himself and get back to the level of play he displayed early in the season, the Cardinals will not get back on track this year.

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