The Louisville Cardinals are the top seed in the NCAA tournament after a topsy-turvy season in college basketball that was topped with by another round of upsets over the weekend.
YouWager experts believe that that other team from the Bluegrass State won’t even get an opportunity to defend their national title.
While the Big East champion Louisville surged to the top of the 68-team bracket released Sunday, joined by fellow No. 1 seeds Kansas Jayhawks, Indiana Hoosiers and the Gonzaga Bulldogs, the school that won it all a year ago was left out of the field.
The Kentucky Wildcats were hoping the committee would overlook a dismal performance in the Southeastern Conference tournament, however this college basketball teams had to settle for a spot in the second-tier National Invitation Tournament.
As if that’s not bad enough for the Wildcats followers, the Cardinals (29-5) get to gloat even more by opening the tournament about 75 miles from campus on Kentucky’s home court, Rupp Arena in Lexington.
Louisville will face either Liberty or North Carolina State Wolfpack in a second-round game Thursday.
The Wildcats play an NIT game Tuesday — on the road because Rupp is taken for the NCAAs — at Robert Morris.
The selection committee had a lot to think about after five teams swapped the top ranking in The Associated Press poll, capped by West Coast Conference champion Bulldogs (30-2) moving to the lead spot for the first time in school history. Bobinski said six teams were in the running for No. 1 seeds on the final weekend, the result of a season in which no school established itself as a clear-cut favorite.
Granted, only four spots were available at the head of each bracket. The top one went to fourth-ranked Cardinals, a team that stumbled through a three-game losing streak in January after rising to No. 1 in the poll, and came up short in an epic five-overtime loss at Notre Dame Fighting Irish a few weeks later.