The Louisville Cardinals may have only been a Preston Knowles’ 3-pointer away from being considered a #2 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. However, the Cards awaited their destiny on Sunday like everyone else after losing to Connecticut 69-66 in the Big East Championship Game on Saturday night. During Sunday’s selection show, the Cards were handed a #4 seed in the Southwest Region, starting in Denver Colorado on Thursday. The Cards drew #13 seed Morehead State and tipoff will commence at 1:40pm EST on Thursday. The Eagles finished their season with an overall record 24-9 and a conference record of 13-5, which was good enough for second place in the Ohio Valley Conference.
The Cardinals and Eagles last met in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament when the Cards were the #1 overall seed and Morehead St. was the #16 seed. The Eagles battled hard but Louisville ultimately overpowered their way to a 74-54 victory.
The Cards come into this game with a bad taste in their mouths after letting the Big East Championship slip through their fingers last Saturday. That loss could spell disaster for the Eagles. Louisville is the epitome of resiliency having never lost back-to-back games this season. The key for the Cardinals will be to jump on Eagles early. The Cards are notorious slow starters and with Morehead St.’s slow moving style, it could get difficult to turn the game into a track meet if the Cards fall behind. However, if Louisville comes out firing and puts the pressure on early, the Eagles will be forced to play a style of game they aren’t comfortable with.
If things play out the way they are “supposed” to, Louisville should be able to handle Morehead St. with a double-digit win. The winner of this game will play the winner of #5 Vanderbilt and #12 Richmond.
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Written by John Buffone
John was born in Rural Valley, Pennsylvania. He attended Clarion University and received a degree in Mass Media Arts and Journalism. He currently hosts "The Sports Zone with John Buffone" on AM 1380 WTYM in Kittanning, PA. John is also a sports columnist for the Kittanning Paper and a contributor to Examiner.com, and CatholicSportsJournal.com.