Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Morning tipoff: Siva’s dimes Posted on November 21, 2012 by C. L. Brown

Peyton Siva is off to the hottest start that you probably didn’t notice. U of L’s senior point guard has 27 assists through three games – which is his highest three-game total of his career. That includes twice tying his career high of 10 in a game against Manhattan and Miami (Ohio).

(As a freshman his highest total was 11 vs. Western Carolina 4, Oral Roberts 3 and Western Kentucky 4.

As a sophomore: 23 twice vs. DePaul 10, @Notre Dame 7, Syracuse 6; Marquette 9, Notre Dame 7, UConn 7.

As a junior: 26 vs. IUPUI 8, Fairleigh Dickinson 9, Memphis 9.)

More than anything else, what it says to me is that Siva has been playing within himself. Unlike the beginning to last season, he doesn’t feel like winning all rests on his shoulders. Through these first three games he’s taken just 16 shots – compared to 27 over his first three games last season.

If he can get 23 assists in three days of the Battle 4 Atlantis he’ll move past Keith Williams and DeJuan Wheat into fourth place on the school’s career assists list.

It’s doubtful Siva can surpass LaBradford Smith’s record of 713 career assists. (Siva currently sits at 476.) But he can make a serious run at the single season record of 226 and also held by Smith the 1989-90 season. Siva’s total of 211 assists from last season is second on the single-season list.

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