One of the biggest questions going into Monday’s NCAA championship game is, “Which Peyton Siva is going to take the court in Atlanta?”
Will it be Louisville’s confident point guard who was only the second Big East player to be named the tournament MVP in consecutive seasons (along with Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing)?
Or will it be the erratic, poor-shooting leader who is only connecting on 36 percent of his shots from the field and 8.3 percent (1-of-12) from beyond the arc in March Madness?
Siva is rarely a big-time scorer, but his persistent slashing and dishing sets most of the Louisville offensive attack in motion. So, when he is settling for jump shots or merely reversing the ball, Siva is minimizing his influence on the offensive end of the court.
Where the 6’0” senior could have a huge impact is on defense. Siva relentlessly annoys anyone he guards, and he said “the best defensive team will win.”
We will have to see if Siva matches up against Wooden Award winner Trey Burke. If he does, we could be in for one of the best one-on-one duels of the season in the most important game of the year.
Because of the injury to Kevin Ware, Siva has that much more on him in terms of shutting down the Michigan perimeter unit.