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Louisville Cardinals Still Have the Potential to Earn a No. 1 Seed in the NCAA Tournament

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Over the past year or so, the Big East Conference has been ripped apart by conference realignment. On Tuesday night however, the league will officially kick off its conference tournament, a week that virtually marks the final stretch run for the league as we know it.

Don’t expect anything short of some unexpected madness and excitement, but for one team in particular, it’s all about business and opportunity.

The defending Big East Conference Tournament champion Louisville Cardinals will embark on their crusade for back-to-back league titles when they begin quarterfinal final play on Thursday. The Cardinals are seeking to become the first Big East team since Syracuse back in 2005 and 2006 to win the league title in consecutive seasons.

That potential accomplishment is not the only thing that Louisville will be aiming for, however. For head coach Rick Pitino and the Cardinals, the potential to dance as a No. 1 seed is still in play this week.

The Cardinals don’t have the greatest of chances to secure a No. 1 seed, but should Louisville grab the Big East Conference Tournament title, it’s certainly an option. If Louisville can beat out Georgetown and potentially gather enough steam to surpass a team like Kansas, then the Cardinals could certainly roll into that final No. 1 spot.

Yet, we will have to wait and see just how things play out.

Louisville, who is the No. 2 seed within the conference tournament this week, will await the winner of No. 10 St. John’s and No. 7 Villanova.

 

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