Louisville is awesome. Point blank. Just when you think this team can’t pullout another come-from-behind win they do it-again. Down 46-32 at half, and as much as 16 in the second half, the Cards roared back with pressure full-court defense and an effective inside-outside game to beat Notre Dame 83-77 in OT. That effort allowed them to beat #4 Notre Dame and possibly keep them from getting a #1 seed. Preston Knowles took over when the team needed him to and Terrence Jennings provided some clutch baskets down the stretch. Once again, the Cards use their pick and rolls to perfection and get buckets when they needed.
Other than committing some dumb fouls, Peyton Siva was an animal. 15 points and 7 assists with only one turnover. His ability to get in the lane, almost at will, against Notre Dame was a thing of beauty. Just about about every time out, he is showing that he is not only one of the best point guards in the Big East, but in the nation. His play making ability is absolutely crucial for this team’s success. He alone has made Kuric, Chris Smith, and Marra better players with his penetration in the lane.
On to the Big East Championship for the second time in three years. These 25-8 Cardinals are primed to take on the red-hot UConn Huskies. Having swept them in the two game series this year (and currently riding a four game win streak), can UofL do it again? Their zone-man hybrid defense has given Kemba Walker fits this year (containing him to shooting 10-33 from the field and only 36 points). He has been on a tear in the 2011 edition of the Big East Tournament, but it their is any team that can slow him down, it’s the Cards. Oh yeah, the Cards came back from 16 down to beat the #4 team in the nation and potential #1seed. Absolutely huge.