Louisville guard Peyton Siva admitted this week he's a big fan of the Oregon football program in the fall because of the speed at which the Ducks play and their constantly changing uniforms.
Obviously, Siva isn't expected to have any trouble putting aside his affinity for the Ducks tonight when Louisville, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, clashes with No. 12-seeded Oregon in the Sweet 16.
The fact that Siva roots for a football team from the Pacific Northwest isn't such a surprise. He attended high school in Seattle and was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Washington as a senior.
“I love their style of play, they like to get out they like to run,” Siva told Louisville Courier-Journal reporter C.L. Brown. “I love Oregon football – plus their jerseys are just the best in college, so why not root for them? Now to play against their basketball team is kind of funny.”
Siva is trying to lead the Cardinals back to the Final Four for the second consecutive year and hopes to take his team a couple steps beyond a loss last season in the national semifinals.
Siva wasn't the only one to mention the Oregon football team in the build up to today's game. Oregon basketball coach Dana Altman drew comparisons between how difficult it is for opponents to prepare for the Ducks' speed in football and how tough it has been for the Ducks and other opponents to prepare for the speed at which Siva and Louisville play on the hardwood.