What a crazy season for the Louisville Women's Basketball team. Coming into the season, it looked like this team was the main attraction on Main Street. There were high hopes for this team, ranked #8 in the preseason. After opening up the season 1-4, it looked like it was going to take some time to get this team to click. The nation's best recruiting class wasn't playing as well as we had hoped.
Since losing to Dayton on November 30, this Louisville team has won 24 of its last 27 games. Led by ACC Player of the Year, Myisha Hines-Allen and ACC 1st Team player Mariya Moore, Louisville lost just one game in ACC play to earn the #2 seed in the ACC Tournament. After a tough loss to Syracuse in the ACC quarterfinals, Louisville has waited for what seems like an eternity for Selection Monday.
Finishing 8th in the final AP poll, Louisville was poised to grab a 2 or 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. Playing in the Lexington Regional would have been a blessing for the Lady Cards, which would have given the Cards the potential of playing virtually four home games.
When Notre Dame was announced as the #1 Seed in the Lexington Region, Louisville's hopes of staying close to home for the tournament vanished. The NCAA doesn't allow for teams in the same conference being in the same region's top 4 seeds together. Louisville was announced as the #3 seed in the Dallas Region. The other top four seeds include #1 Baylor, #2 Oregon State, and $4 Texas A&M.
Lousiville's likely 2nd round opponent will be #6 Depaul, but for now they will focus on their matchup on Friday against #14 Central Arkansas. The 28-3 Sugar Bears won the Southland Conference title. Their only notable game this season came against the Lady Vols of Tennessee in a 102-47 loss. I don't forsee this being a tough game for Louisville.
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