Louisville found out yesterday that they would be one of 16 regional hosts in the NCAA Tournament, starting this weekend.
Today, Louisville also found out that they will be a top eight national seed in the tournament, meaning that they will host a potential Super Regional round as well, if they advance.
The Cardinals are paired with 2-seed Indiana, 3-seed Illinois State, and 4-seed Illinois-Chicago. The Hoosiers (36-21) earned their spot as an at-large team from the Big Ten, but lost to Louisville two weeks ago in Bloomington. Illinois State (34-24) also earned a spot in the tournament as an at-large team from the Missouri Valley Conference, who fielded three teams in the tournament (Dallas Baptist, Indiana State, Illinois State). Illinois-Chicago (29-21) is the only conference champion in Louisville’s regional, having won the Horizon League tournament by defeating Wisconsin-Milwaukee twice and #1 seed Wright State.
Should Louisville advance to the Super Regional, they will host the winner of the Greenville regional, which has its host East Carolina, NC State, Campbell, and Quinnipiac.
The Louisville regional starts on Friday at 2 p.m. with Illinois State v. IU, with Louisville facing Illinois-Chicago afterwards. The regional round is in a double-elimination format, meaning any team can be eliminated with two losses during the weekend.