Peyton Siva is now the 64th Louisville basketball player in school history to score 1,000 points in his career. He needed 13 points before the game to reach the milestone, and Siva scored 17 in the game.
The 6'0" point guard will forever be in the Louisville record books with some of the best players to ever play the game—names like Pervis Ellison, Milt Wagner, Darrell Griffith and Wes Unseld.
Pitino said of Siva's accomplishment after the game:
Every now and then in life you come across a Billy Donovan, you come across a Peyton Siva. They are so few and far between, where they don’t have any of what we all have, the human frailties in life. There are no perfect human beings, but he’s about as good as I’ve coached. Those two guys are just as wonderful of human beings as anyone I’ve ever encountered in my coaching career.
Center Gorgui Dieng also had a good game with 12 points and 16 rebounds in his fourth double-double of the season.
Dieng, who is coming off a broken wrist, is playing a lot more physical in the post. South Florida even tried to contain the 6'11" junior by matching him up against Jordan Omogbehin.
But even at 7'3" and 334 lbs., Omogbehin couldn't keep Dieng off the boards.
Another stat that was impressive was Louisville's free-throw percentage. Every coach's fear is to have a bad free-throw shooting team, but the Cards have improved dramatically in the past month. They were 15-17 from the stripe against the Bulls.
This could be a major factor in many of the Cardinals upcoming Big East games. If the Cardinals can continue to shoot a high percentage from the free-throw line, they should come out on top more times than not.