NOTEBOOK: Cardinals meets Bill Clinton

NEW YORK - A notebook of items from the Louisville quarterfinal victory over Villanova in the Big East Conference Tournament, including a meeting with former President Bill Clinton and Peyton Siva's quest for a school record.

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).


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