Posted: 6:06 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013
By Mike Rutherford
For the second time in five seasons, Louisville is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAATournament. The honor was announced at the beginning of the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on CBS.
U of L entered the postseason needing to win the Big East Tournament to have a shot at earning a No. 1 seed, but their title combined with the losses of teams like Duke and Indiana allowed Rick Pitino and company to capture the bracket's top honor.
The Cards, who are the top seed in the Midwest region, will open play on Thursday against the winner of Liberty/North Carolina A&T; in Lexington. The tip time and television for that game will be announced later tonight. Should U of L advance, it will face the winner of the 8/9 game between Colorado State and Missouri in the Round of 32 on Saturday. If the Cards make it past the first weekend, then their Sweet 16 and (potentially) Elite 8 games will be played in Indianapolis.
The committee didn't exactly reward Louisville, as the Cards were given a region with Duke, Michigan State, Saint Louis and Oklahoma State all in the fold.
Louisville was also the No. 1 overall seed in 2009 when they advanced to the Elite 8 before their run was ended by Michigan State. That game, ironically enough, was played in Indianapolis.