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Peyton Siva sparks Pistons’ 4th quarter comeback


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Check out this video with Peyton Siva highlights from Saturday’s game between the Pistons and Celtics. The Celtics had a 19 point lead early in the game, and Peyton Siva brought a lot of energy on the court and sparked a comeback. Siva finished with 3 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals in 15 minutes.

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Basketball Video: The End Of An Era


Well this video is just awesome. Great job by Evan Westendorf.

Russ Smith and the UofL Record Books Entering the NCAA Tournament


MICHAEL CONROY/ AP PHOTO

MICHAEL CONROY/ AP PHOTO

Entering the NCAA Tournament game vs Manhattan

Career Scoring Leaders

1. Darrell Griffith – 2,333

2. DeJuan Wheat – 2,183

3. Pervis Ellison – 2,143

4. Reece Gaines – 1,945

5. Russ Smith – 1,856

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Russ Smith and the UofL Record Books Entering Friday Night


(AP Photo/John F. Rhodes)

(AP Photo/John F. Rhodes)

Entering Friday night’s AAC Tournament game vs Houston

Career Scoring Leaders

1. Darrell Griffith – 2,333

2. DeJuan Wheat – 2,183

3. Pervis Ellison – 2,143

4. Reece Gaines – 1,945

5. Milt Wagner – 1,836

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Russ Smith and the UofL Record Books


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Russ Smith continues his climb in the UofL record books in some categories. The biggest surprise to me is one where he isn’t even in the top 10 yet, and that is assists in a season. Russ needs 11 assists to tie Reece Gaines for the 10th most assists in a single season. Raise your hand if you ever predicted that would happen…now put your hands down you liars!

Career Scoring Leaders

1. Darrell Griffith – 2,333

2. DeJuan Wheat – 2,183

3. Pervis Ellison – 2,143

4. Reece Gaines – 1,945

5. Milt Wagner – 1,836

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Peyton Siva’s funny Russ story


Check out this funny story that Peyton Siva posted on Instagram about Russ Smith.

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Russ Smith Climbing Up in the UofL Record Books


(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

After scoring 26 points and making 6 three pointers, Russ Smith made some moves in these categories in the UofL record books.

Career Scoring Leaders

1. Darrell Griffith – 2,333

2. DeJuan Wheat – 2,183

3. Pervis Ellison – 2,143

4. Reece Gaines – 1,945

5. Milt Wagner – 1,836

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ESPN Article Says Louisville Searching for Identity


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ESPN.com’s Myron Medcalf posted an article today about the Louisville men’s basketball team and how it has been tough to replace the leadership of Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng, as well as the loss of Chane Behanan. I will post some of the more interesting quotes from the article.

To read the full article on ESPN.com, click here.

Russ Smith

“It’s different. It’s a lot of sacrificing that you have to make. I’m willing to do it, but it’s really tough and Peyton had, probably the toughest job last year, managing everybody. And he did a good job with it. I’m just trying to follow in his footsteps.”

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Russ Smith and the UofL Record Books


Russ Smith

Russ Smith is steadily climbing up the record books at UofL in a few different categories. He is currently 8th in total points, and could climb a couple more spots before the season is over. He is also threatening to take the career steals record from Peyton Siva. Here are some of the updated lists after Saturday’s game.

Career Scoring Leaders

1. Darrell Griffith – 2,333

2. DeJuan Wheat – 2,183

3. Pervis Ellison – 2,143

4. Reece Gaines – 1,945

5. Milt Wagner – 1,836

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My All-Time Starting 5 of Pitino-coached UofL Players: Justin


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Fans’ Starting 5

Jeremy’s Starting 5

Steve’s Starting 5

Daryl’s Starting 5

After thinking about it for a few days, I finally made my votes on the poll. I checked up on the results as the week went on, just to get a feel for how everyone else was voting. That clearly didn’t influence my picks as you will see. When the question was first thrown at me a few weeks ago in a group text chat by Chris Tingley, it immediately started a debate: Who would your starting 5 be at Louisville in the Rick Pitino era? Everyone has their favorite players that just can’t be replaced by anyone else, and everyone has their reasons why they may have chosen certain players. So here is my starting 5 with a few reasons…

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The Dream Team: Daryl’s starting 5


Fans’ Starting 5

Jeremy’s Starting 5

Steve’s Starting 5

Justin’s Starting 5

Point Guard

Now this wasn’t an easy choice for me. I’ve always been a ‘guard kind of gal’…if that’s a thing. This is who run’s the offense, my favorite aspect of the game. Some of my first cognitive memories following Cardinal basketball were lead by THE Reece Gaines. One word… Tennessee. I recall being on a field trip in from Audubon in the SAC at UofL (yes I was one of those annoying school kids causing extra lunch traffic…if you can imagine…) and our group ran into Reece Gaines on campus. I followed the elementary crowd asking for autographs not realizing at the time the significance of this run-in. Lo and behold, 15 years later I’d buy the man a shot of Patron at a Wicks Wednesday event after his return to Louisville to coach at Bellarmine.

While it has been recorded that even Dwayne Wade called Reece the best college player he had ever faced, my choice at the PG position in the Pitino era is without a doubt the one and only, Peyton Siva. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s my class’ point guard. Meaning him and I entered college the same year, a very important time in both of our lives. He, of course, finished before me… but whatever, man. I like to think that I watched Siva grow as a player his entire career at Louisville while I, myself, was searching for an identity in my own realm. For years I watched ‘fans’ bash the man’s game when he would turn the ball over in a critical moment or miss the potential game winning shot. But what do we expect from fans in a ‘microwave society’, as Coach P puts it. I never lost faith in Peyton and despite size difference favoring Reece, I’m looking at the guys’ hands. Peyton wears five titles… Big East Tournament Champion and MVP 2012 & 2013 and NCAA National Champion.

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Who Is Your All-Time Starting 5 Of Rick Pitino Players at UofL: Steven


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Fans’ Starting 5

Jeremy’s Starting 5

Daryl’s Starting 5

Justin’s Starting 5

I’ve said many times that I will cry the day Rick Pitino retires. Pitino is everything a head coach should be and through the years has had some tremendous players. But if I am putting together a Louisville Rick Pitino Dream Team, it’s going to look like this (All Pics from High School):

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Who Is Your All-Time Starting 5 Of Rick Pitino Players at UofL: Jeremy


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Fans’s Starting 5

Steve’s Starting 5

Daryl’s Starting 5

Justin’s Starting 5

I am gonna start this off by being honest. I went to UofL to finish my Bachelors degree from 05-06 and was around that basketball team 365 since I had so many friends on that team. I may be a little biased. I may not be. Who knows? Oh yeah, I do. Well here goes my top 5 UofL players of the Rick Pitino Era.

Yes that’s a Rick Pitino bobblehead I got in 05 looking over my signed Final Four ball. I truly believe it is bugged……Sorry coach

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Fans have chosen their all-time starting 5 for UofL players under Rick Pitino


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First of all, thanks to everyone who voted on this. I think it was a really cool topic to vote on and discuss with other fans. Hopefully we can do more of these in the future. On the results, the % is rounded, so it may not equal exactly 100% for some reason. So without further adieu, here is the all-time starting 5 for UofL players under Rick Pitino that the fans voted…

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Who is your starting 5 of Rick Pitino players at UofL?


Villanova v Louisville

My friend Chris Tingley posed this question to me a couple of weeks ago, and it is very interesting and fun to talk about. Of all the players that Rick Pitino has coached at the University of Louisville, who would be your starting 5? Now I will say that some players did play multiple positions, and after discussion, we decided to only have each player on 1 poll. So guys like Francisco Garcia, Larry O’Bannon, Ellis Myles, and Samardo Samuels had to be placed in only 1 category, even though we are well aware that those guys (and others) could be on different polls.

Please vote for each position. This will run until the end of the week on Thursday night, so that will give us time to get the word out all week and get as many people as possible to vote on this.

Pistons Release Summer League Roster & Schedule


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The Detroit Pistons will get a good look at Peyton Siva next week during summer league play. The Pistons released their summer league roster and schedule today.

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CSZ News & Notes: Tuesday afternoon


*First and foremost, we want to send our thoughts and prayers to Luke Hancock and his family. Luke’s dad, Bill, lost his battle with cancer and passed away on Monday. Bill was able to make the trip to the Big East Tournament as well as the Final Four in Atlanta. Here is a photo of the Hancock family in Atlanta.

Luke Hancock

 

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A look at NBA Mock Drafts


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This year’s NBA Draft is Thursday June 27! Here is a look at some of the mock drafts! Some of the sites did not have a 2nd round of picks, so that is hopefully why you don’t see Peyton Siva on all of them. I have said it before, I believe he has worked his way into the 2nd round of this year’s draft!

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not? (May 27)


This is the first edition of a new set of posts on CSZ, “Who’s Hot/Who’s Not?” It will not only focus on UofL sports, but some national stories as well, since there is not much “not” going on at UofL! Enjoy!

Who’s Hot?

*Peyton Siva – Siva has possibly worked himself into this year’s NBA Draft (June 27). He was not on any of the early mock drafts, mainly because of his size. He had a great NBA Combine and has been working out well with teams at their individual combines. Now most mock drafts have Siva going in the 2nd round.

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Peyton Siva impresses at Nets’ combine


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Adam Zagoria of zagsblog.com wrote an article about Peyton Siva having a good combine showing for the Brooklyn Nets. To read that full article, click here. Below, I have taken some of the key points from that post.

*Nets’ Director of Player Personnel Gregg Polinsky said this about Siva: “Real competitive, great speed, what do you say, winning culture, being coached, can take all you can give him. He’s gonna get some looks.”

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