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BOZICH | NCAA Tournament projections, resumes for Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana

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Louisville is currently projected as the highest local seed for the NCAA Tournament. Louisville is currently projected as the highest local seed for the NCAA Tournament.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Extensive research revealed that the University of Louisville basketball team played one game last week. The Cardinals punished Pittsburgh, a Top 25 opponent, 59-41.

That resulted in a two-line bump for the Cardinals in the latest NCAA Tournament bracket projection by Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com. Lunardi considers Louisville a four-seed in the Midwest Regional.

Hold your applause.

Michael Beller of Sports Illustrated looked at the same results (by everyone, not simply the Cards) last week and penalized Rick Pitino’s team by dropping them from a five-seed to a six-seed on his bracket.

The third bracket guru that I consult is Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. He also gave Louisville a one-line promotion. But Palm still likes the Cardinals less than Lunardi or Beller. Palm has Louisville as his seventh seed in the West Regional.

Four, five seven? Which projection do you trust?

What’s going on?

Considerable craziness in college basketball abounds. Three Top Five teams – Kansas, Oklahoma and Xavier – have already stumbled this week. Duke, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Kentucky played in the Final Four last season. Their combined records in conference play? An uninspiring 11-12.

Enjoy.

Here is my weekly look at the NCAA Tournament resumes of the three local teams.

LOUISVILLE

Best Wins: Pittsburgh (46 Ken Pomeroy), North Carolina State (68), Grand Canyon (100).

Worst Loss: Clemson (58).

Record Against Top 50 RPI Teams: 1-2.

Road Record: 1-3.

Ken Pomeroy Rating: 5, improved from 9.

Jeff Sagarin Predictor Rating: 1, improved from 3.

RPI: 28, improved from 30.

Joe Lunardi ESPN Bracket: 4th Midwest Regional.

Jerry Palm CBS Bracket: 7th East Regional.

Michael Beller Sports Illustrated Bracket: 6th West Regional.

KENTUCKY

Best Wins: Louisville (5), Duke (20), Arizona State (65).

Worst Losses: Auburn (153), Ohio State (79), UCLA 69.

Record Against Top 50 RPI Teams: 4-0.

Road Record: 1-3.

Ken Pomeroy Rating: 31, down from 18.

Jeff Sagarin Predictor Rating: 30, down from 24.

RPI: 18, down from 8.

Joe Lunardi ESPN Bracket: 5th South Regional.

Jerry Palm CBS Bracket: 6th East Regional.

Michael Beller Sports Illustrated Bracket: 5th West Regional.

INDIANA

Best Wins: Notre Dame (26), Creighton (38), Wisconsin (61).

Worst Losses: Wake Forest (127), UNLV (67).

Record Against Top 50 RPI Teams: 1-1.

Road Record: 3-1.

Ken Pomeroy Rating: 24, down from 22.

Jeff Sagarin Predictor Rating: 19, down from 18.

RPI: 46, improved from 58.

Joe Lunardi ESPN Bracket: 7th East Regional.

Jerry Palm CBS Bracket: 8th South Regional.

Michael Beller Sports Illustrated Bracket: 8th South Regional.

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