The University of Louisville basketball team faces Missouri Valley Conference tournament champion Northern Iowa in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday at 9:40 p.m. ET.
The Panthers own one of the best records in the nation at 31-3 and have won 20 of the past 21 games, with the lone loss coming on the road to Wichita State on Feb. 28. The other two losses this season were at Evansville and at VCU.
The Panthers own Division I’s fourth-best scoring defense (54.3) and held beat Wyoming 71-54 in the game on Friday. UNI averages 65.5 points a game and hits 48.2 percent from the field, including 40.0 percent from three-point range.
UNI has some depth but the heart and soul of the team is 6-8 senior forward Seth Tuttle. He averaged 15.3 points and 6.9 rebounds a game.
Tuttle is the only player to hit for double figures on average, but the Panthers have seven players between 4.9 points and 7.8 points a game.
The two teams met for the only time ever two years ago when U of L won 51-46 on Nov. 22, 2012 in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. U of L has a 96-39 record all-time against teams from the Missouri Valley Conference.
Here's audio from the news conferences: