The Louisville Cardinals are ranked No. 10 in the nation, but are fourth in the Big East after the overtime loss to Notre Dame. This loss really hindered Louisville’s chances at getting a number 1 seed in the tournament. However, the Cardinals can still get a No. 1 seed with a little bit of luck based on how their schedule, and other top ranked teams schedules, looks for the rest of the season.
Three teams ranked ahead of the Cardinals (Michigan, Michigan State, and Indiana) all play each other twice, which means two or all of them should drop in the standings giving Louisville an opportunity to advance. The mess at the top of the Big 10 is helping Louisville on its quest for a No. 1 seed.
The last three games of the season the Cardinals play Syracuse (ranked ahead of Louisville), Notre Dame, and Cincinnati – strong tournament bound teams. The game against Syracuse is exceptionally important because the winner will most likely get the 1 seed, depending on the outcome of games in the Big 10. Louisville must win-out in the Big East.
Although it would be ideal for Louisville to get a number 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, it might be out of reach because of the loss to Note Dame. However, it is certainly very easily possible for the Cardinals to get a number 2 seed. All Louisville can do now is to continue to win and try and win the Big East, because achieving a number 1 seed is out of their hands at this time.