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CRAWFORD NOTEBOOK | Seeds, suds, scenarios and U of L's football schedule

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Fast-breaking news has created a notebook backlog. Time to clean it out . . .

-- The University of Louisville basketball team moved into a first-place tie in the Big East when Georgetown lost to Villanova Wednesday night, but the Cards' final Big East tourney position is hardly set.

If U of L beats Notre Dame on Saturday in the KFC Yum! Center, the Cards will earn a share of the Big East regular-season championship. But they still need for Georgetown to lose to Syracuse to take the No. 1 seed at next week's Big East Tournament, a seed that would lock in early start times (beginning with noon on Thursday).

In the event of a three-way tie between U of L, Georgetown and Marquette, the Hoyas would hold the No. 1 seed via tiebreaker, because it has wins over both U of L and Marquette.

-- Miami's home loss to Georgia Tech wasn't enough to drop the Hurricanes below the Cardinals in the Rating Percentage Index. U of L remains at No. 4 in the RPI, despite having jumped to No. 1 in the Sagarin ratings. The Cards are No. 3 in the ratings compiled by Ken Pomeroy.

-- Gorgui Dieng, who will officially go through Senior Day festivities on Thursday, addressed the question of the NBA with Paul Rogers on Rick Pitino's weekly coaches' show Wednesday night.

When Rogers asked if Saturday's game would be his last time U of L fans would see him play at home, he said: "I don't know. I love the game, and I'm just going to play. I'm not worried about what's going to happen tomorrow. If I play Saturday and they don't see me any more, this is it. That's not the end of the world. I'm sure they'll find some other player better than me. They have nothing to worry about. It is what it is. If I'm gone I'm gone, and if I come back, I mean, nothing's going to change."

-- Just getting this straight. Duke beats Miami by three points in Cameron Indoor Stadium and the story is all over ESPN's SportsCenter. But Georgia Tech beats Miami by two in Coral Gables, Fla., and you need a slow-mo button on your DVR to catch the story? Nah. Nothing's up with that.

-- Bob Knight is back on the University of Kentucky beat. He'll call tonight's game at Georgia with Rece Davis. In honor of Knight, I hear they'll be turning off all the shot clocks.

-- The game at Georgia is a big one for UK, but win or lose, Saturday's game against Florida is bigger. The Wildcats have exactly one win all season against the Top 50 of the RPI. When the selection committee begins to break down each team on the bubble, that's going to hurt UK more than any other factor. Florida would give the Wildcats two top-50 wins, but more importantly, two top-50 wins in the season's final month, without Nerlens Noel, and with the chance, perhaps, to get another in the conference tourney. So while tonight's Georgia game is big, it's not as important as what happens Saturday in Rupp Arena. When all is said and done, in seeding and selection, who you've beaten is more important than who has beaten you.

-- A win by UK at Georgia would likely put UK, now sitting at No. 52 in the RPI, into the top 50 itself -- which would help U of L in its bid to snag a No. 1 seed. Georgetown's loss gives the Cards a shot, but they likely need to win the Big East Tournament to have a shot at a No. 1 seed.

-- The more interesting question for Louisville isn't seed but location. A good showing in the Big East Tournament likely lands the Cardinals in Lexington for the opening rounds, but then where? A No. 2 seed in Indianapolis for a possible road matchup against a top-seeded Indiana is the best geographic setup, but hardly the best competitive setup. More preferable, perhaps, is a trip East for a possible Duke rematch (the Blue Devils beat the Cardinals by 5 early in the season with Dieng injured) or the Austin or Los Angeles regionals.

-- If Indiana loses at Michigan Sunday, it still has Big Ten Tournament work to do to get a No. 1 seed. I think the Hoosiers will get it done, but you can only remain a "lock" for a No. 1 seed for so long, even if the Hoosiers have played as tough a schedule as anyone over the past two weeks.

-- U of L released its football schedule on Wednesday and, unfortunately for the program and its fans, there were no surprises. The home games: Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, FIU, Rutgers, Central Florida, Houston and Memphis. Road games: UK, Temple, USF, Connecticut and Cincinnati.

Louisville's chances of a BCS title game appearance are slim, just based on that schedule. Its win over Florida already is being rationalized away by some.

U of L athletic director Tom Jurich was hoping that TV connections might be able to help the Cardinals get a deal done to slip into one of the season-opening kickoff games, but it didn't happen. And the loss of Boise State and San Diego State knocked a pair of 10-win teams off the conference schedule.

-- UK football has distributed 30,000 tickets to its Spring Game.

-- U of L isn't selling tickets, but announced on Wednesday that it would sell $1 beer before and during its Spring Game.

That should take care of the crowd question.

-- The NCAA has announced the musical acts to perform during this year's Final Four. They include Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Muse, Flo Rida, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Ludacris.

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