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BOZICH | Louisville Tries To Secure High NCAA Seed

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Rick Bozich believes that Louisville will be a three seed in the NCAA Tournament if they win the AAC Tournament. Rick Bozich believes that Louisville will be a three seed in the NCAA Tournament if they win the AAC Tournament.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WDRB) – Louisville led Rutgers by a trillion points on Thursday afternoon, and Rick Pitino still had his team aligned in a full-court press. Somebody asked one of Pitino's friends if he expected the coach to ease off the pressure.

"No," the friend said. "Rick's playing for that high seed."

As he should.

We won't know Louisville's NCAA Tournament seed position until early Sunday evening when the 68-team bracket is announced. First the Cardinals must deal with Connecticut Saturday at 6 p.m. (EDT) in the championship game of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in the FedEx Forum.

Louisville has already handled the Huskies twice – by 12 points in Storrs in mid-January and by 33 in Louisville seven days ago. A victory today would push Louisville to 29-5 and give the Cardinals a dozen wins in their last 13 games.

If that happens, what seed should the defending national champions expect?

I'd say a three-seed. But it depends upon which bracket projection you trust.

Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com currently has Louisville on the two line. Nobody is as bullish on Louisville as Palm.

But Joe Lunardi, the bracket master at ESPN, makes the Cardinals a four-seed. If you check CrashingTheDance.com, another popular web site, you'll find Louisville a five seed.

The knock against Louisville won't be fixed by another win against Connecticut. The Cards don't have enough wins against Top 25 teams. They have five victories against teams in the current AP Top 25 – and four losses.

They only have a single victory – at Cincinnati – against a Top 10 team (although you'll no longer find UC in the Top 10).

But I'll stand by my prediction: A victory against UConn will ensure the Cards are at least a three seed.

Ken Pomeroy likes Louisville by six -- with a 73 percent win probability.

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