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CRAWFORD | By the numbers: U of L in the NCAA Tournament

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1 -- The University of Louisville is a No. 1 seed for only the third time (1983, 2009). Their record as a No. 1 seed is 6-2. It's also the number of programs over the past six years to reach the men's and women's Final Four, College World Series, College Cup in men's soccer and a BCS Bowl game. U of L is that program.

2 -- U of L's national ranking in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' polls heading into the tournament. The Cardinals received almost a third of the first-place votes in the coaches' polls.

3.41 -- The Cardinals' team grade-point average in the fall semester, the highest ever for the program.

5 -- U of L's rank in Sweet Sixteen appearances, with 18. Only North Carolina (25), Kentucky (24), Duke (23) and Kansas (19) have appeared in more.

6 -- Final Four appearances for U of L coach Rick Pitino, with three different teams.

9 -- Final Four appearances by U of L, seventh all-time, behind North Carolina, UCLA, Duke, UK, Kansas and Ohio State.

10 -- Number of consecutive games the Cardinals have won entering the tournament, the fourth longest streak in the nation (Davidson 17, Gonzaga 14, Texas Southern 12).

11 -- Number of times U of L has held an opponent to 20 points or fewer in a half this season.

11-0 -- U of L's record as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. It won both its national titles (in 1980, and '86) as a No. 2 seed.

15.6 -- The Cardinals' scoring margin over opponents this season, ranking fourth nationally.

16 -- Number of games against eventual NCAA Tournament teams U of L played in its 34-game schedule, compiling an 11-5 record.

17 -- Number of times U of L has rallied from nine or more points behind to win games in the past three seasons, including five times this season (all from double-digit deficits). Nine of those comebacks were from a dozen points behind or more. U of L has twice come back from 16-point deficits to win, including in the championship game of the Big East Tournament.

18.7 -- Average number of turnovers U of L forces per game.

30 -- The Cardinals are seeking their 30th win of the season against North Carolina A&T. It would be the seventh time the Cardinals have reached that number, and the sixth time for Pitino.

31 -- Percentage of U of L's points this season that have been scored off turnovers (778 of 2,501 points). The Cardinals average 22.9 points per game off turnovers.

39 -- Number of NCAA Tournament appearances, ranking fifth all time.

42-16 -- Pitino's record in the NCAA Tournament. He is 33-6 as the higher (better) seed.

46 -- In the field of 68, where U of L ranks in terms of experience (measured by class and minutes played). By this measure, calculated by Ken Pomeroy at kenpom.com, U of L is the least experienced of the No. 1 seeds.

47-18 -- U of L's record in March over the past nine seasons.

53 -- Number of dunks this season for Chane Behanan, six shy of the career record set by Pervis Ellison in 1987-88.

71.1 -- Cardinals' team free-throw percentage heading into NCAA Tournament play, its highest in eight years.

80.9 -- The average number of points U of L's opponents have scored per 100 possessions this season. The average number for a  college basketball team to give up in that many possessions this season has been 110.6. U of L's number in this defensive efficiency statistic is the lowest ever posted in the 13 years that stat guru Ken Pomeroy has compiled the ranking.

177 -- Number of free throws made by Russ Smith this season, breaking the school single-season mark set by Wes Unseld in 1967-68.

240 -- Career steals for Peyton Siva, a school record, breaking the old mark of 230 set by Darrell Griffith.

365 -- Number of steals this season for U of L, a school record.

635 -- Number of turnovers forced by U of L, a school record.

21,571 -- Average home attendance for U of L this season, third-highest in the nation behind Kentucky and Syracuse.

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