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5 Reasons Why Louisville Will Win the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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5 Reasons Why Louisville Will Win the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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The No. 4 seeded team in the Midwest region, the Louisville Cardinals, will feel that they deserved a better seed in the 2014 NCAA tournament. The Cardinals are in the toughest region and will be trying to win back-to-back national championships. Here are five reasons Louisville can do it again in 2014.

5. Rick Pitino

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5. Rick Pitino

Rick Pitino
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Pitino is one of the top coaches in college basketball. If anybody can come up with a strategy to survive the “Group of Death” that is the Midwest region, it’s him.

4. Difficulty of Schedule

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4. Difficulty of Schedule

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Louisville played one of the most difficult schedules in college basketball, while also being in one of the more difficult conferences in college basketball. A hardened team will go far in the NCAA tournament.

3. Russ Smith

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3. Russ Smith

Russ Smith
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Smith is one of the best players in the country and can put this team on his back when he has to. Expect several clutch shots by Smith against top tournament opposition.

2. Chip on Their Shoulder

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2. Chip on Their Shoulder

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After receiving a No. 4 seed in the 2014 NCAA tournament, Louisville will feel that they were ignored by the Selection Committee. This is a team that deserved at least a No. 3 seed and likely a No. 2 seed.

1. Experience

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1. Experience

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Louisville won the national championship last year. This team is hungry for another win.