Louisville earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament with a ferocious regular-season finish and Big East tournament title run. The Cardinals cruise into the Sweet 16 riding a 12-game win streak, and the team hasn't lost in regulation since Jan. 26.
Rick Pitino and Co. have roughed up tourney opponents. Louisville outscored North Carolina A&T and Colorado State by a combined 57 total points.
The opening week of tournament competition eliminated 52 squads, trimming the field to a small collection of title contenders. Examining every end of the bracket, the following scenario presents the path of least resistance for Louisville on its way to a national title.