LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The University of Louisville has earned the nation's top seed for the 2013 Division I NCAA Men's Basketball Championship and will play its initial game on Thursday, March 21, against the winner of the Liberty - North Carolina A&T matchup.
While it is the 39th NCAA Tournament appearance for the Cardinals, it is just the third time UofL has been a No. 1 seed in the event, also earning that seeding in 1983 and 2009. It is the second time in the last five years that Louisville has been the top overall seed, also attaining that position in 2009.
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"We are ecstatic to be the number one seed," said UofL Coach Rick Pitino, "particularly after finishing off one of the greatest conferences in the history of college basketball with a BIG EAST Championship. Our players showed incredible grit to come back from 16 points down. We know we will be challenged right away in one of the toughest brackets that I’ve seen in quite some time. I think our guys are up for the challenge. We look forward to it.”
Ticket requests from Cardinal fans exceed UofL's allotment for the site. Season ticket holders who submitted NCAA post-season ticket requests online will be contacted by via email on Sunday as to whether they were selected or unsuccessful. Those season ticket holders who receive tickets to purchase will be notified later where the tickets will be available for pickup. Student ticket information will be distributed via email to students on Monday.
Tickets remain available for purchase via www.ncaa.com/mbbtickets, or by calling 877-NCAA TIX (or 877-622-2849). Additional ticket information is included below.