Selection Sunday and March Madness is upon us and it’s time to fill out the brackets, starting in the Midwest Region, home of the No. 1 overall seed: the Louisville Cardinals.
Louisville grab the No. 1 seed in the Midwest , just a day after winning their final Big East Conference Tournament, with a 78-61 over Syracuse. In that game, Louisville used a 29-4 run in the second half to pull away from the Orange and solidify their No. 1 seeding.
Since narrowly losing to Notre Dame in five overtimes back in February, Coach Rick Pitino’s Cardinals finished the season on a 10-game winning streak, a stint that included two wins each over the aforementioned Irish and Orange.
Louisville will kick off their tournament fun on the homecourt of their arch-rivals, roughly 75 miles east at Rupp Arena in Lexington, home of the Kentucky Wildcats.
The Midwest Regional will conclude on March 29th and March 31st at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Here’s how the region stacks up:
No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 16 Liberty/North Carolina A&T
No. 8 Colorado State vs. No. 9 Missouri
No. 5 Oklahoma State vs. No. 12 Oregon
No. 4 Saint Louis vs. No. 13 New Mexico State
No. 6 Memphis vs. No. 11 Middle Tennessee/St. Mary’s
No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 14 Valparaiso
No. 7 Creighton vs. No. 10 Cincinnati
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Albany