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The University of Louisville men's basketball team is the No. 2 seed in the Midwest of the NCAA Tournament

The University of Louisville men's basketball team is the No. 2 seed in the Midwest of the NCAA Tournament.

The University of Louisville men's basketball team is the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region in the NCAA Tournament.

The Cardinals will open the tournament on Friday in Indianapolis against OVC champion Jacksonville State, which is coached by former Western Kentucky coach Ray Harper.

The winner would get the Michigan-Oklahoma State winner in the second round. Kansas is the No. 1 in the Midwest Region with the regional semifinals and finals in Kansas City, Mo. Oregon is the No. 3 seed and the No. 4 seed is Purdue.

Louisville finished the season ranked No. 7 in the Ratings Percentage Index, with a record of 24-8 against a schedule ranked second in the nation.

The Cardinals are making their 42nd NCAA Tournament appearance after sitting out last season because of the self-imposed ban. The 42nd trip is the fifth most by any school and U of L went on to win the 1980 and '86 titles as the No. 2 seed.

"We’re very excited to be going to Indianapolis for our fans," U of L coach Rick Pitino. "If our fans can find tickets there, it can be a great site for us to play some outstanding basketball.  Obviously, our strength of schedule was important.

"We’ve had the best or second best ranked schedule and a high RPI.  Half of our schedule was  played against teams that now competing in the tournament and we didn’t lose to a team below 40 in the RPI (ratings percentage index)."


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