The Louisville Cardinals are looking to get back to the Final Four this season after falling just short of the National Championship game last year. The Cardinals are 25-5 on the season and are currently the number eight team in the country. Their next game will be a showdown with number 24 Notre Dame and a win would give Louisville at least get a share of the Big East title.
One player that has been constant with the Cardinals success is senior point guard Peyton Siva. He has been with the Cardinals since his freshman year and he is the clear leader of the team. With him at the helm, the Cardinals made the Final Four last season and if he can step it up in the tournament, the team could be looking at a return trip.
Statistically, Siva has improved every year since coming to Louisville and this season, he is averaging career highs in field goal percentage (41 percent), free throw percentage (87 percent), and assists (5.9). Furthermore, he only turns the ball over 2.8 times a game and averages 9.8 points per game. He is ranked 22nd in the country in assists per game and with him running the team, the Cardinals can go far.
Russ Smith may be the team’s go-to scorer, but Siva is the team’s leader and will be the key for Louisville’s tournament run. However, he has been in a shooting slump lately and is only 14 of 44 in the last five games for a field goal percentage of 31 percent, including an 0 for 9 shooting performance against Syracuse. Despite his recent shooting slump, the Cardinals have won their last five games and he has averaged 5.2 assists per game to go along with 1.8 steals.
The team is still winning because Siva has been showing mental toughness by not letting his shooting slump affect his team’s success. He will be a dangerous player come tournament time and with him leading the Cardinals, good things will happen.