Louisville plays Morehead in NCAA first round

Louisville received a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament's Southwest Region Sunday evening. The Cardinals, 25-9, will play Morehead State in the first round Thursday in Denver.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The University of Louisville has received a limited supply of tickets for its appearance in the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament second/third round site at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

Season ticket holders who submitted NCAA post-season ticket request forms and were selected in the lottery will be contacted by via email on Sunday evening. Those season ticket holders will be notified later where the tickets will be available for pickup in Denver.

U of L will accept additional ticket requests on a waiting list for this and future NCAA Tournament rounds by calling (502) 852-5151 or 852-5863 starting Monday at 9 a.m. Champion Sports Tours can assist Cardinal fans with travel plans by calling 866-995-7444, or through their web site at www.ChampionSportsTours.com.

The No. 4 seeded Cardinals will face 13 seed Morehead State (24-9, 13-5 Ohio Valley Conference) in the NCAA Tournament Southwest Region second round on Thursday, March 17. Game times will be announced later.

Louisville (25-9, 12-6 in the BIG EAST Conference) is making its 37th NCAA Tournament appearance and fifth straight in the event. U of L enters the tournament having won six of its last eight games, falling 66-69 to Connecticut in the title game of the BIG EAST Championship. The Cardinals have reached the NCAA Elite Eight two of the past three seasons. U of L is one of just nine schools that have won 20 games for the nine straight seasons.

"We've got a very, very tough opener, as we did two years ago (when U of L faced Morehead State in 2009 in Dayton, Ohio)," said U of L Men's Basketball Coach Rick Pitino, who is making his 16th NCAA Tournament appearance. "We know Morehead State is very tough. We'll just take it one game at a time and go right to work on Morehead State. We're very pleased to be going anywhere in the NCAA Tournament and we're very excited."

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