Louisville to play Xavier in NCAA Tournament

No. 10 seed Louisville (20-9, 9-7) will face No. 7 seed Xavier in the Orlando this Friday in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

After finishing the season 20-9 with a 62-60 loss to Cincinnati in the Conference USA Tournament quarterfinals last Thursday, Louisville was selected as a 10th seed and will face Xavier (23-10) on Friday in Orlando, Florida. 

Should the Cardinals win their first round game against Xavier they would face the winner of the  Mississippi State/Monmouth. for the right to advance to next week's Sweet Sixteen.

More on Louisville's NCAA Tournament appearance coming soon!

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Selection committee punishes Cards for late season slump
Despite an RPI below 30, a strong strength of schedule, a victory over the top overall seed (Kentucky) in the NCAA Tournament on the road, and a 7-5 record against the NCAA Tournament field, the selection committee seeded Louisville 10th in the Orlando regional. Despite a 20-9 overall record, the Cardinals lost 8 of their last 12 games and were clearly penalized for their late season play.

Louisville vs. the field
With a 7-5 record against the field of 65, Louisville knocked off the top overall seed Kentucky, went 1-2 against No. 4 seed Cincinnati, beat No. 5 seed Florida, split with No. 7 seed Memphis, lost in overtime to No. 7 seed Depaul, beat No. 8 seed Seton Hall, defeated No. 9 seed UAB and downed No. 12 seed Murray State.

Xavier on a roll
Led by seniors Romain Sato, Lionel Chalmers and Anthony Myles, the Musketeers finished the season strong. Not only did Xavier hand No. 1 seed Saint Joseph's their first loss of the season last Thursday in route to the Atlantic 10 Tournament title, they also won 14 of their last 15 games overall.

C-USA receives 6 NCAA bids
For the first time since the league was formed in 1996, Conference USA received six bids to the Big Dance. Tournament champion Cincinnati received the conference's automatic bid, while Memphis, Charlotte, UAB, Louisville and DePaul all received at-large invitations.

Cards were on the bubble
As a 10 seed, Louisville was clearly on the bubble and one of the last at-large teams invited to the dance, along with South Carolina, BYU, Dayton, and Air Force.


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