Louisville climbed to the top over the weekend, landing the top seed position and sitting at the top of the Vegas odds for this year's NCAA tournament. The Cardinals have been the hottest team on the floor lately, winning 10 consecutive games to secure the top spot with a 78-61 win against Sycamore on Saturday. That puts them at 29-5 for the season.
The Cardinals will face North Carolina or Liberty in a second-round game on Thursday. Coach Rick Pitino said, "We are ecstatic to be the number one seed, particularly after finishing off one of the greatest conferences in the history of college basketball with a Big East Championship."
Last year's winner, Kentucky, was left out in the cold this year, suffering a 64-48 loss to Vanderbilt on Friday and finishing up with a 21-11 record for the year. The Wildcats will settle for a spot in the National Invitation Tournament this year, and be forced to sit back and watch as their rival opens the tournament later this week in Lexington.
Other teams locked into the 68-team bracket released yesterday include No. 1 seeds Gonzaga, Indiana, and Kansas.