U OF L MEETS WITH BILL CLINTON
The University of Louisville men's basketball team had a special visitor to the locker room after a win over Villanova – former President Bill Clinton.
Clinton, who was in the stands watching the Cardinals' 74-55 win over the Wildcats in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals, talked with the team and coach Rick Pitino and then took some photos.
"He was just telling a lot of stories," Pitino said. "I knew him back at Kentucky when he came to the University of Kentucky. I was able to introduce him on campus. At that time, the Republicans were going to win the state and overturned it, and he got elected by, I think, two percentage points.
"Since that point, we have been very friendly toward each other. He was telling a lot of stories, not only basketball, but also Senegal where Gorgui (Dieng) is from. He's a walking encyclopedia. It was very enjoyable for the guys."
U of L sophomore Chane Behanan said it was "really cool"
SIVA ONE STEAL FROM SCHOOL RECORD
Senior point guard Peyton Siva moved closer to a school record.
Siva recorded three steals and now has 229 for his career, which is just one behind the school-record of 230 set from 1976-80 by Darrell Griffith.
Siva, who had two in the first half, went past former U of L star LaBradford Smith, who had 227 from 1987-91.
Siva also has 635 assists that ranks him second all-time in school history and has 186 assists this season, which is third all-time in school history.
REDEMPTION TOUR CONTINUES
The Cardinals redemption tour continued.
U of L has now avenged three of its five losses, beating Notre Dame, Villanova and Syracuse the second time around.
U of L also lost to Georgetown, a team they could meet in the Big East final on Saturday, and Duke. The Cardinals could play Duke in the NCAA Tournament.
A FEW LEFTOVERS
*U of L is now 11-5 overall in Big East Tournament play and the Cardinals are 5-1 all-time in the quarterfinals.
*Louisville has won five straight games in the Big East Tournament – after winning the title last season – and seven of the last eight games. The five-game streak is the fifth-longest in tournament history.
The 28 points by Russ Smith marked the highest-point total for a U of L player in a Big East tourney game. Edgar Sosa also had 28 in a win over Cincinnati in 2010.
*The U of L bench outscored the Wildcats' 17-4.
(The photo is from the U of L SID office).