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Peyton Siva, last year’s Big East tournament MVP, is ready to lead Louisville to a repeat performance at Madison Square Garden.
In speaking about what Siva brings on and off the court, it was recently noted that coach Rick Pitino links Siva with Florida coach Billy Donovan as "the two best men of character he has coached" (via C.L. Brown of Louisville's Courier-Journal).
That's no small statement.
In last year's conference tourney, Siva averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game as the Cardinals took care of Seton Hall, Marquette, Notre Dame and Cincinnati.
The 6'0" point guard from Seattle does not need to score in large quantities this year, but he must control the Cards on both ends of the court.
If Louisville faces Georgetown in the championship game, Siva needs to redeem himself for his zero points and two assists in his outing against the Hoyas in D.C. back in late January.