The Louisville Cardinals are marching into the Big Dance with a chip on their shoulder.
The defending champions are hoping to join elite company by becoming just the third post-UCLA dynasty team to repeat—Florida (2006 & 2007) and Duke (1991 & 1992) are the others. But they'll have to get there the hard way after being seeded fourth in the Midwest bracket by the NCAA selection committee.
The seeding itself left analysts scratching their heads. The red-hot Cardinals, the AAC regular-season and tournament champions and winners of 14 of their last 16 games, were projected by many as a No. 1 seed.
“Absolute shock,” analyst Seth Davis told CBS' Greg Gumbel after the seedings were announced.
But the Cardinals could have the last laugh by winning the entire tournament once again. Here's how: