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Updated RPI rankings for all Division 1 teams.
Cards NCAA Tournament Resume
- 24-6 record
- #10 RPI, #20 AP, #16 USA Today/ESPN
- C-USA Tournament Champions
- 3rd place C-USA regular season finish (11-5)
- 8-3 road record
- 17 game winning streak
- 9-4 vs. Projected NCAA Tournament field
- 3-1 vs. RPI Top 25
- 6-3 vs. RPI Top 50
- 11-6 vs. RPI Top 64
- #25 RPI strength of schedule in the nation
- 5-1 since losing starting forward Ellis Myles for the season because of injury
CBS projection: #4 seed in East Region playing #13 seed UW Milwaukee
ESPN projection: #3 seed in South Region playing #14 seed Holy Cross
Cards case strong for high NCAA Tournament seed
Heading into Selection Sunday, the Cards can make an extremely strong case for a #2 or #3 seed in the 2002-03 NCAA Tournament.
The Cardinals finished the season with a 24-6 record (only 8 teams in NCAA Division One won more games than the Cards this season) by winning the C-USA Tournament Saturday afternoon in Freedom Hall over upstart UAB, 83-78. Louisville placed third overall during the regular season C-USA race with an 11-5 record behind top 25 teams Marquette and Memphis.
The Cards, who played the #25 schedule in the nation according to the most recent RPI, had several quality wins during the regular and post season play and strung together the second longest winning streak in the nation this season at 17. No win though was more impressive than the Cards 18 point victory over #1 Kentucky in late December. After suffering defeat at the hands of the Cardinals, Kentucky has reeled off 22 straight wins, claimed the regular season SEC title and are a lock for a number one seed in the NCAA Tourney.
The Cards also posted wins over #8 Marquette in Milwaukee and against #25 Memphis in the C-USA Tournament. All together, the Cards finished 3-1 against the RPI Top 25, 6-3 against the RPI Top 50, including a road victory over Seton Hall and wins against Cincinnati and Indiana, and went 11-6 vs. the RPI Top 64. The Cards also finished an impressive 9-4 against the projected NCAA Tournament field.
Two other impressive accomplishments warrant reward with a high NCAA Tournament seed. The Cards played great basketball away from home, going 9-2 on the season, including victories at Seton Hall, Marquette, Tennessee and Ohio State. And the Cards didn't wilt after losing starting forward Ellis Myles for the season because of a knee injury. Instead, the Cards won 5 of 6 games without its leading rebounder, defeated #25 Memphis and claimed the C-USA Tournament title by winning three games in three days.
The Cards resume is very impressive and should earn them no worse than a #4 seed on Sunday.