Cards stake claim to No. 1 overall seed

NEW YORK – The University of Louisville men's basketball team had one final time to impress the NCAA Selection Committee and did they leave an impression. The Cardinals rallied from 16 points down to score a 78-61 win over Syracuse in the Big East Tournament final on Saturday night for a 10th straight victory.

Now, the Cardinals have to wait until Sunday night to see if they will be the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament that begins on Thursday.

The bracket will be released at 6 p.m.

Louisville sure has made a case.

"No disrespect to Gonzaga or anyone else, but I think so," junior Luke Hancock said. "I think we are very deserving."

Cardinal Authority polled seven national writers at the Big East Tournament and all seven said the Cardinals would likely be the top seed. Indiana and Gonzaga are other teams that could be in the slot.

U of L coach Rick Pitino said it really doesn't matter. He'll watch the selection show with his team and then start preparing.

"I would say probably," Pitino said when asked if his team would get the No. 1 seed. "It's not a big deal. I would say were going to be the No. 1 seed of No. 1s but if not, it's not a big deal. . . . We'll let the committee decided for us."

U of L (29-5) has now won 10 straight games and is the only team in the country without a double digit loss.

The Cardinals are 4-3 against teams in the top 25 of the RPI, 10-4 against the top 50 and have 15 top 100 victories. The Cardinals are ranked No. 3 in the RPI ratings and have one of the top five strengths of schedules in the country.

"We'll let (the committee) decide that," Siva said.

Added Montrezl Harrell: "We just want to keep winning."

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