Louisville Cardinals guards Peyton Siva (L) and Michael Baffour (32) celebrate after they came from behind to beat the Syracuse Orange in their NCAA
Louisville Cardinals guards Peyton Siva (L) and Michael Baffour (32) celebrate after they came from behind to beat the Syracuse Orange in their NCAA men's championship final basketball game at the 2013 Big East Tournament in New York, March 16, 2013. (By Ray Stubblebine, Reuters)

There's a reason Louisville got the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, and his name is Peyton Siva.

The personable point guard became the first player since Patrick Ewing to win the Big East Tournament MVP two years in a row. A senior from Seattle, Siva averages just 10.0 points, but his 5.9 assists this season kept the Cardinals' offense rolling all season.

And his 2.2 steals a game was a springboard for the defense. He had a season-high seven steals Friday against Notre Dame and made the Irish uneasy in the 69-57 semifinal win. He set the school record with 240 for his career.

"Our press is pretty much like controlled chaos," he told reporters after Saturday's Big East title game win over Syracuse.

But he does commit nearly three turnovers a game.

Siva had 10 or more assists five times this season, including 13 in a loss to Villanova and 12 in a blowout win against Florida International.

Last year in the Big East tourney, he averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.8 steals in his four games.