(LOUISVILLE, KY) The University of Louisville basketball team is keeping their possible ascension to number one in the country in perspective.
After blowing out South Florida 64-38 on Saturday, following, then number one, Duke's 84-76 loss to North Carolina State, and number two Michigan falling on the road to Ohio State, the number three Cards seem poised to take over the top spot in the polls on Monday. If that happens, it would be only the second time in school history U of L would be ranked number one, and the first time during the regular season. The Cards were ranked number one in 2009 before the NCAA Tournament.
While the fans will sure to be excited to see their team in the top spot, the team realizes that the rankings don't mean anything in the grand scheme of things. " It doesn't really matter right now like who's number one, number two. We would like to get the number one seed in the tournament, and win the whole tournament. That's all that counts. So, all the games we do right now, once the Big East Tournament start, once the NCAA Tournament starts, it doesn't count anymore," said Center, Gorgui Dieng. Senior Point Guard, Peyton Siva who scored his 1,000th career point in Saturday's win echoes Dieng's sentiments,"We'd rather be number one at the end of the year. Right now, we're just playing for a high seed in the NCAA Tournament, and just trying to continue to win games."
If U of L is named the number one team in the nation, Monday's game at Connecticut will be their first regular season game as the country's number one team.