Wed March 20, 2013
Louisville Cards Begin NCAA Title Quest in Lexington
With the number one overall seed, a Big East Tournament title and a nine-game winning streak on its resume, the University of Louisville begins play in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament tomorrow in Lexington.
The Cards take on North Carolina A&T, which defeated Liberty in Tuesday’s play-in game. It was the Aggies’ first-ever NCAA tournament victory.
U of L senior guard Peyton Siva says the Cards are clicking—as a team--at the right time.
"That’s what you all have been seeing the last couple of games. It’s not just the starting five…you know everybody’s giving us a big contribution off the bench," Siva said.
This is the second time since 2007 that the Cards will begin tournament play in Rupp Arena. That year, U of L won its opener over Stanford, but was eliminated by Texas A&M in the second round.
Coach Rick Pitino says despite the close proximity to Louisville, playing at Rupp doesn’t give his team much of a competitive advantage.
"It really does come down to execution. It’s certainly more convenient, but it doesn’t make a difference once the game starts," Pitino said.
If the Cards win Thursday's opener, they’ll face either Missouri or Colorado State on Saturday.
U of L and North Carolina A&T will tip off at 6:50pm.