The Cardinals, 23-9, lost to Pittsburgh Friday night in the Big East semifinals and return to the NCAA Tournament after missing out on the Big Dance last season. If Louisville gets past Stanford Thursday, they would face the winner of the No. 3 Texas A&M / No. 14 Pennsylvania game Saturday.
Big Ten champion Ohio State received the No. 1 seed in the South, while Conference USA champion Memphis is the second seed. If Louisville wins their first two games in Lexington, they could meet old rival Memphis in the Sweet 16.
Six Big East teams made the 65-team tournament field. Big East regular-season and tournament champion Georgetown is the No. 2 seed in the East region, while Marquette is the No. 8 seed. No. 9 Villanova will play No. 8 Kentucky in the first round in Chicago in the West region. Pittsburgh is the No. 3 seed in the West. Notre Dame received the No. 6 seed in the Midwest.
Only the ACC (7) put more teams into the tournament than did the Big East.
Remaining Tickets in Lexington Going Quickly
LEXINGTON – Remaining tickets for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament to be held Thursday and Saturday in Rupp Arena are selling quickly.
As of Sunday at 7 p.m., approximately 5,400 tickets, covering all six games in Lexington, were still available at a cost of $162 each. On Sunday night, tickets may be ordered only through the Internet at ukathletics.com or ticketmaster.com.
If any tickets remain on Monday morning, they may be purchased at ukathletics.com, ticketmaster.com, or by calling the University of Kentucky Ticket Office (800-928-2287), or by calling Rupp Arena (859-233-3535).
Public Invited to Open Practices
The public is invited to Rupp Arena on Wednesday as all eight teams will have open practice. Teams must use at least 30 minutes of their allotted practice time. Parking and admission to the arena are free on Wednesday. Here is the schedule, all times EDT:
Noon – 12:40 p.m. Game 1 lower seed
12:45 – 1:25 p.m. Game 2 lower seed
1:30 – 2:10 p.m. Game 1 higher seed
2:15 – 2:55 p.m. Game 2 higher seed
4:25 – 5:05 p.m. Game 3 higher seed
5:10 – 5:50 p.m. Game 4 higher seed
5:55 – 6:35 p.m. Game 3 lower seed
6:40 – 7:20 p.m. Game 4 lower seed
Game Times: The order of the games and tipoff times for Thursday's games will be announced on Monday. Game times for Saturday will be decided late Thursday night.