LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The University of Louisville has received a limited supply of tickets for its appearance in the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament first/second round site in Dayton, Ohio.
Season ticket holders who submitted NCAA post-season ticket request forms and were selected in the lottery will be contacted by via email. Those tickets will be available for pickup at the Brown and Williamson Club, located on the third floor of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. or Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
U of L students who entered the ticket lottery will also be notified by email where pick up their tickets in Dayton.
The Dayton site is sold out except for the participating team allotments. Should any tickets from the participating teams be returned, they will be made available through the University of Dayton online at www.ticketmaster.com.
U of L will also accept additional ticket requests on a waiting list for this and future NCAA Tournament rounds by calling (502) 852-5151 or 852-5863 starting Monday at 9 a.m. The No. 1 seeded Cardinals will face the winner of the Alabama State vs. Morehead State game in the NCAA Tournament first round on Friday, March 20 at the UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
Game times will be announced later.Bolstered by winning both the BIG EAST Conference regular season and tournament championships, Louisville earnedthe No. 1 overall seed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. It was only the second No. 1 seed ever attained by the Cardinals, the last coming in 1983 when U of L capped a 32-4 season in the NCAA Final Four.
It is the fourth time a team led by U of L Coach Rick Pitino has earned a No. 1 seed, previously achieving that status when he guided Kentucky into the tournament as a No. 1 seed in consecutive years from 1995-97. Louisville's current 28-5 record is tied for the sixth-most victories in school history entering the NCAA Tournament. Six of the seven previous teams that have won as many as 28 games have reached at least the NCAA Sweet 16, except for the 1947-48 Cardinal squad that won the 1948 NAIB National Championship (National Association for Intercollegiate Basketball, the forerunner to the current NAIA).
This is the first time in school history that the Cardinals have won as many as 27 games in back-to-back seasons.