The Cardinals enter the tournament as one of the nation's hottest teams. They've won nine straight since falling to Memphis Feb. 9 at Freedom Hall and knocked off TCU, UAB and Memphis last week to win the 2005 Kelly Tires C-USA Tournament in Memphis, TN.
Louisville enters the NCAA Tournament as one
of the nation's hottest teams, having won 18 of
their last 19 games
Against the 2005 NCAA Tournament field, Louisville went an impressive 8-2; yet apparently the selection committee wasn't impressed with the Cardinals entire "body of work." The Cardinals knocked off NCAA participants Charlotte, Cincinnati (twice), UAB (twice), Florida, Stanford, Eastern Kentucky. Louisville's two losses came against Iowa in November and a two-point loss to SEC Tournament Runner-up Kentucky, who lost to Florida Sunday in the SEC Tournament championship.
Louisville's opponent Friday, Louisiana-Lafayette (20-10), won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament last week with an 88-69 victory over regular-season Sun Belt Champion Denver. The Ragin' Cajuns are led by junior guard Tiras Wade (20.4 ppg.), and Florida transfer Orien Green (11.7).
The Ragin Cajuns have won 14 of their last 17 games, and ran through the Sun Belt tourney - beating Middle Tennessee State, Florida International and Denver by nearly 15 points per game.
If the Cardinals win their first round game, they'll face either ACC Tournament Runner-up Georgia Tech or George Washington of the Atlantic 10.
Washington is the top-seed in Louisville's bracket - Albuquerque - while Wake Forest and Gonzaga resceived the No. 2 and 3 seeds, respectively.
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