NCAA Tournament

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12:59 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

A 16 Seed Upsetting a 1 Seed is Inevitable, Writers Say

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Update: Louisville easily defeated North Carolina A&T  but Gonzaga struggled against Southern. Indiana plays James Madison on Friday afternoon and Kansas plays Western Kentucky Friday night.

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4:23 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Louisville Cards Begin NCAA Title Quest in Lexington

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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.

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4:48 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

With the NCAA's Top Seed, Pitino's Cards Set Sights on Next Goal

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino says his team has worked hard to earn its top overall seed in the NCAA tournament, but the Cards are not dwelling on the designation.

Pitino says its one of many steps toward the ultimate goal of winning a national championship.

"When we lost three in a row, we set goals.   We set regular season goals, we set tournament goals, we set seeding goals.  Now you go on to your next goal.  Until it ends, you just keep putting forth goals to your basketball team," Pitino said today. 

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2:40 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Nate Silver: Louisville Cardinals Have 23.8% (and Best) Chance of Winning NCAA Tournament

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Five Thirty Eight's Nate Silver is famous for accurately forecasting presidential elections, but he also correctly picked the 2012 NCAA men's basketball champion—the Kentucky Wildcats.

This year, Silver is forecasting that the Louisville Cardinals have the best chance of winning the NCAA Tournament, though he cautions that they're not overwhelming favorites.

The Cardinals chance of winning is 23.8 percent, Silver writes.

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10:01 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Heading to Lexington for the NCAA Tournament? Think About Traffic

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Kentucky transportation officials have a hunch that thousands of people will descend onto Lexington's Rupp Arena for first and second round games of the NCAA Tournament, starting Thursday.

And, of course, there's roadwork on state highways to contend with.

Here's some advice issued Tuesday morning by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

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1:02 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Is Louisville's Region Toughest? Who's the Betting Favorite? NCAA Tournament By the Numbers

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An evening and morning have passed for basketball-obsessed Louisville to consider the pairings for the 2013 men's basketball NCAA Tournament. Some themes that have developed are that the Louisville Cardinals' Midwest Region is the toughest despite being the overall No. 1 seed and the defending champion Kentucky Wildcats being left out of the field.

Aside from the obvious question—"Who wins?"—this year's bracket leaves a great deal to think about. Let's take a look at the pairing by the numbers.

U of L's Midwest Region was instantly pegged by analysts as the toughest, and a few Cardinals fans grumbled on social media Sunday night. They may have a point.

Let's toss out No. 16 seeds—none has ever beaten a No. 1 seed. (Apologies to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.) If the better seeds win out, no team has a tougher road to the Final Four than Louisville, going by RPI ranking. The Nos. 8, 4 and 2 seeds in the Midwest average a 13.3 RPI ranking. (In fact, the No. 2 seed Duke Blue Devils are the RPI's No. 1 team in the nation.)

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6:10 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Overall No. 1 Seed in NCAA Tournament; Kentucky Wildcats Heading for NIT

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team will be the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, heading to Lexington where they'll play Thursday against either Liberty or North Carolina A&T.

In the Midwest Region, Louisville would play either Colorado State or Missouri in the second round. The Cardinals won the Big East Tournament on Saturday and enter the NCAA Tournament with a 29-5 record.  The Duke Blue Devils are the region's No. 2 seed.

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6:49 am
Sun March 17, 2013

Why Does Louisville Love Basketball So Much, Anyway?

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The bracket for the men's basketball NCAA Tournament will be announced this evening and, if recent history holds, Louisville will be watching.

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11:23 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Win Big East Tournament

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team won the Big East Tournament on Saturday—and likely a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. And possibly the No. 1 overall seed.

U of L defeated the Syracuse Orange 78-61 in the final Big East Tournament before the conference's seven Catholic universities split and several other teams leave as well, including the Cardinals in 2014.

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9:46 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Kentucky Wildcats' Fate Unclear After Upset Loss in SEC Tournament

The hopes for the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team to defend their national championship took a hit Friday night when the team lost in their first game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The Wildcats lost 64 -48 to the Vanderbilt Commodores and go into Selection Sunday with a 21-11 record.

Freshman forward Willie Cauley-Stein led the Wildcats with seven points and nine rebounds.

The Wildcats were the SEC Tournament’s No. 2 seed. The Commodores were the tournament’s No. 10 seed.

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