Louisville basketball is number one

Louisville basketball is number one

Both the Associated Press and the USA Today College Coaches poll now  rank the University of Louisville Cardinals number in their weekly basketball pecking order. Even with all the Cardinal success over the years, including championships in 1980 and 1986, this is only the second time Louisville (15-1) has lead the nation in the AP poll. More interesting still, this is the first time the Cards have been number one during the regular season. The only other top ranking occurred after the 2009 Big East Conference Tournament.

The Louisville success comes on the heels of losses by previously top ranked Duke when they lost to North Carolina State on Saturday and by number two Michigan when Ohio State beat them on Sunday.

Louisville received 36 first place votes in the Associated Press poll followed by Indiana who got 13 and now ranked number 2 in the country. The University of Kentucky is not ranked in the Top 25.

The Cards take that number one ranking into Hartford, Connecticut to battle with the University of Connecticut Huskies at the XL Center as part of the ESPN “Big Monday” broadcast tonight. UConn is now cast in the roll of giant killer since they dispatched then number 17 Notre Dame over the weekend and are coming off a Final Four season from a year ago. That game tips at 7pm.

The AP Poll goes as follows:

  1. Louisville
  2. Indiana
  3. Duke
  4. Kansas
  5. Michigan
  6. Syracuse
  7. Arizona
  8. Gonzaga
  9. Minnesota
  10. Florida
  11. Ohio State
  12. Creighton
  13. Butler
  14. North Carolina State
  15. San Diego State
  16. Kansas State
  17. Missouri
  18. Michigan State
  19. New Mexico
  20. Notre Dame
  21. Oregon
  22. VCU
  23. Illinois
  24. UCLA
  25. Marquette

The USA Today Coaches Poll goes as follows:

  1. Louisville
  2. Indiana
  3. Duke
  4. Kansas
  5. Michigan
  6. Syracuse
  7. Arizona
  8. Gonzaga
  9. Florida
  10. Creighton
  11. Ohio State
  12. Minnesota
  13. Butler
  14. San Diego State
  15. North Carolina State
  16. Missouri
  17. Michigan State
  18. Kansas State
  19. VCU
  20. Notre Dame
  21. New Mexico
  22. Illinois
  23. UNLV
  24. Cincinnati
  25. UCLA

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