No matter what seed, U of L passes eye test

MEMPHIS - The University of Louisville men's basketball team will find out its NCAA Tournament seeding this afternoon during the Selection Show at 6 p.m. The Cardinals are not likely to be a No. 1 seed, but sure do pass the look test.

It's a long shot that the University of Louisville men's basketball team will land a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

But at this point, that really doesn't matter to the U of L players and coaches. The Cardinals have won 12 of their last 13 games and trailed for less than a minute in romping through the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

"It really doesn't matter to us," guard Chris Jones said. "We're playing our best ball now, so we don't care where they put us."

Added sophomore Montrezl Harrell: "They can make us the last seed, we don't really care. We'll play anyone, anywhere."

Louisville is expected to get a No. 2 or No. 3 seed when the NCAA Tournament field is released during the Selection Show at 6 p.m. Many experts still have the Cardinals, who could be ranked as high as No. 2 in the polls this week, as a No. 3 seed and many have them in the East Region.

Again, the Cardinals are not fretting.

U of L will try to reach a third consecutive Final Four with a team that doesn't have a ton of quality wins, but looks the part.

The Cardinals have had different guys step up each night in recent weeks and All-American Russ Smith is leading the way. In the AAC event, the Cardinals won by an average of 33.3 points a game and that was the largest margin in a conference tournament by any team since Arkansas in 1991.

U of L has also won its past five games by just under 30 points a game, including three of those games to top 25 foes.

"I judge it from the eye test," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "Now understand something, every analyst has an agenda and every single coach has an agenda.

"I think it because I was there at SMU in the ugliest environment in 39 years. I was there in Cincinnati in the most hostile environment. I've been there with a run through March and I know what the guys have been through. "Do I think we should be? Yes. Do I think we will be? No. That being said, if you asked me who the best college basketball player in America is, I would say Russ Smith. If you asked me who the best power forward was I would say Montrezl Harrell, so I have an extremely biased opinion. But I'm impressed with our guys and what they have done (this season)."


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