Louisville hoops: NCAA By The Numbers

SEATTLE - The University of Louisville basketball team will open the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon at 4:10 ET in Seattle against UC-Irvine. Here’s a look at some numbers to remember as the Cardinals head into the tournament.

The University of Louisville will open play in the NCAA Tournament for the 41st time on Friday when the Cardinals play UC-Irvine.

The Cardinals are the No. 4 seed in the East Region and will play the Anteaters at 4:10 p.m. ET at KeyArena in Seattle.

Here are a few key numbers to remember heading into the tournament:

2-2 - While Louisville is playing in the state of Washington for the first time in school history, the Cardinals are 2-2 against teams from the state. The Cardinals are 2-1 against Washington and 0-1 against Gonzaga.

4 - The number of former Cardinals who played professional ball in Seattle. Bud Olsen played one season for the Seattle SuperSonics, while Butch Beard, Scooter McCray and Pervis Ellison also played one season there.

5 - U of L is playing in the East Region for the fifth time in school history, making the Elite Eight in 1997 and 2008 with an East draw.

5-1 Louisville had the best record in the ACC at 5-1 in games decided by four points or less or in overtime.

7-1 - U of L’s record against No. 13 seeds all-time in the tourney.

7-4 - U of L’s record in the NCAA playing in the East Region.

10-0 - U of L will play UC-Irvine for the first time ever, but the Cardinals are 10-0 against teams from the Big West Conference. U of L has beaten Hawaii three times and Long Beach State twice, while earning one win over Cal Poly, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside and CSU Northridge.

16-9 - Louisville’s record in NCAA Tournament games as a No. 4 seed. The Cardinals made it to the Final Four in 2005 and ’12 as the No. 4 seed.

20 - Louisville’s all-time appearances in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Only North Carolina (25), Kentucky (25) and Duke (22) rank ahead of the Cardinals. Kansas is tied with U of L at 20.

23-19 - Louisville’s record against California colleges, including seven wins over UCLA all-time.

41 - Louisville’s all-time NCAA Tournament appearances, which ranks only behind Kentucky (55), North Carolina (46), UCLA (45) and Kansas (44).

41-7 - Rick Pitino’s NCAA record against higher seeded teams.

49-9 - U of L’s record as a higher seed in the NCAA Tournament.

50-17 - U of L coach Rick Pitino’s all-time record in NCAA Tournament games, which ranks second among active coaches.


5 - The ACC leads all conferences with five teams among the schools that are seeded No. 1, 2, 3 or 4.

6 - Current ACC schools have won six of the last 14 NCAA titles, including Louisville (2013), Duke (’10, ’01), North Carolina (‘’09, ’05) and Syracuse (‘03). The AAC and SEC are tied for second with three apiece.

15 - Schools that are currently members of the ACC have won 15 NCAA titles all-time led by North Carolina with five. Duke has four, Louisville three, North Carolina State two and Syracuse one.

29 - The ACC schools have the most NCAA title game appearance – 29 – and is seven ahead of the next conference – the Big Ten.

565 - The number of NCAA Tournament wins by the current 15 members of the ACC. The number ranks first among any conference, ahead of the 404 by the Big Ten and 330 by the Southeastern Conference.

.656 - The ACC has a .656 winning percentage since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. The league is 277-145.

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