Dieng, Smith named first-team All-Big East

The Big East Conference has honored three University of Louisville men's basketball players with postseason recognition. Russ Smith and Gorgui Dieng were named to the first-team All-Conference team, while Peyton Siva is on the third team.

One day after claiming a share of the Big East regular-season title, the University of Louisville men's basketball team dominates the postseason honors.

The Cardinals were the only team with two players in the Big East first-team All-Conference released by the league on Sunday afternoon.

Juniors Gorgui Dieng and Russ Smith were both named to the first-team, while senior point guard Peyton Siva was named a third-team members. It's the first time in school history that U of L has two first-team picks.

The 6-foot-11 Dieng, who went through Senior Day festivities on Saturday because he's expected to perhaps turn pro, averaged 10.3 points and 10.1 rebounds a game for the Cardinals. He also has 63 blocked shots in 24 games.

The 6-foot Smith is second among Big East players in scoring at 17.9 a game. He ranked third in the league in steals and 34th nationally with 2.0 a game. Smith is one of 30 candidates for Naismith Men's National Player of the Year honors.

Siva, who was the league's preseason Player of the Year, averages 9.9 points and 5.9 assists a game for the Cardinals.

It marks the first time U of L has had a first-team league selection since Terrence Williams was honored after the 2009 season.

The Cardinals (26-5) are the No. 2 seed in the league tournament and won't play until Thursday at 7 p.m. U of L meets the St. John's-Villanova winner.

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