Louisville Basketball: Keys to Cardinals' 2012 NCAA Tournament Run

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Louisville Basketball: Keys to Cardinals' 2012 NCAA Tournament Run
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The Louisville Cardinals are a dangerous team to think about when filling out your NCAA tournament bracket.

After finishing the regular season 22-9 (10-8 Big East), the Cardinals got red-hot and stormed through the Big East tournament, beating Cincinnati for the tournament title.

For their efforts, they were rewarded with the No. 4 seed in the West region to face No.13 Davidson.

After beginning the year 12-0, Rick Pitino’s bunch suffered a serious midseason swoon; losing five of seven games to set themselves back in the polls and among the computers. Big East play provided plenty of ups and downs.

Yet with the combination of strong rebounding and a defense that holds opponents to 34.7 percent shooting in man-to-man defensive formations, this team knows the formula for how to win in the NCAA tournament.

Here are the gory details on a team that has Final Four potential.

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