Cards to face West Virginia/Providence winner

Louisville (22-8, 12-4), the No. 2 seed in the Big East Tournament, will play the winner of No. 7 West Virginia/No. 10 Providence Thursday night at 7 p.m. in New York's Madison Square Garden.

Louisville (22-8, 12-4), the No. 2 seed in the Big East Tournament, will play the winner of No. 7 West Virginia/No. 10 Providence Thursday night at 7 p.m. in New York's Madison Square Garden.

The Cardinals earned the No. 2 seed Sunday with their, 86-71, win over Seton Hall. Louisville tied for second place in the Big East with Pittsburgh but gets the two-seed by virtue of their, 66-53, win over the Panthers last month.

The Friars lost Sunday afternoon to St. John's, 77-64. West Virginia closed out their regular-season Saturday with a, 79-65, win over Cincinnati. The Mountaineers enter the Big East Tournament having dropped four of their last seven games. St. John's has also lost four of their last seven games, but beat West Virginia, Feb. 20, 64-61.

Louisville beat Providence, 78-63, Jan. 13 at Freedom Hall. The Cardinals did not play West Virginia this season.

The only team I think we don't match up real well is West Virginia," Rick Pitino said. "We haven't faced them. It will be a lot of fun to guard their offense against their 1-3-1. They'll probably play great because I'll have no idea what they're in."

West Virginia and Providence play at 7 p.m. Wednesday night.


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