Mar 9, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals forward Chane Behanan (21) reacts during the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the KFC YUM! Center. Louisville defeated Notre Dame 73-57. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville Cardinals: Overall One Seed

  • 20+ win season?  Check
  • Big East Regular Season Champs?  Check
  • Big East Tourney Champs?  Check
  • Overall Number One Seed?……Check

We can now say, without any doubt, that Louisville is the overall number one seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.   Yes, there had been much speculation as to whether or not they would be the overall one seed following last night’s spectacular comeback victory vs Syracuse (who obtained a four seed).  But tonight, when Greg Gumbel immediately led off the selection show by saying that Louisville was the overall one seed, I, as well as most of CardNation, was absolutely ecstatic.  Then the opponent was revealed; Louisville will be playing the winner of the 16 seed play-in game between Liberty (15-20, Big South Champs) and NC A&T (19-16, MEAC Champs).  A preview of that game shall come later this week.

Mar 10, 2013; Conway, SC, USA; Liberty Flames team celebrates after the championship game of the Big South Conference tournament against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at HTC Center. Mandatory Credit: Curtis Wilson-USA TODAY Sports

But now, we get to the serious part.  As Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few said earlier tonight, it’s all fun and games for the time leading up to the selection show, but once those brackets are revealed and you know where and who you’re playing, it’s go time.  Louisville cannot slack off.  This is the NCAA Tournament, the Big Dance, Showtime, the biggest games of these players lives.  There are no second chances.  In the regular season, you lose, regroup, and move on, all the while learning from your mistakes.  It’s win or go home.  There are no mistakes.  You make too many, you’re sent packing.  A  one seed doesn’t mean anything is concrete but the fact that they made it there.  It’s what comes next that matters.  Will the Cards rise to the occasion and win a national title?  Or will they collapse under all of the hype and pressure built up by media and themselves alike?  Well, that’s up to them to decide.  They are the masters of their own destiny.  What they make of it is up to them.  Go Cards.




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