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Card fans happy to be close to home

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Tony Vanetti Tony Vanetti
Bob Domine Bob Domine
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Tickets for the NCAA Thursday's games in Lexington. Tickets for the NCAA Thursday's games in Lexington.
The UofL women's team and fans at the NCAA selection show watch party. The UofL women's team and fans at the NCAA selection show watch party.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Plenty of red will fill both Rupp Arena and the KFC Yum! Center when the University of Louisville men's and women's teams begin play in the NCAA tournament. University officials say tickets are available for both games, but you just have to be careful which sites you buy them on. 

Monday at Mall St. Matthews, Cards fans gathered to fill out their brackets and listen to local radio sports personalities give their tourney picks along with local sports icons, like Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum. 

The talk was all about the Cards being the overall number one seed of the tourney. 

"Everybody on all the national shows are picking Louisville," said Bob Domine, the former WAVE sportscaster turned radio host.

But that's the scary part for some lifelong Cardinal fans like Afternoon Underdogs host Tony Vanetti.

"The jinx is on right?" laughed Vanetti about all of the hype. "Everyone is picking Louisville to win this thing from your Grandma to Dick Vitale, so now it's never going to happen!"

"Now they got a big target on their back," said Matt Twombly, a UofL fan.

But Twombly still believes their amazing comeback against Syracuse in the Big East Tourney shows how confident they're playing and he believes the can pull it off.

We found some reasonably priced tickets on Ticketmaster in Rupp Arenas upper deck. On other sites, like Craigslist, we found better seats at much higher prices from $500 all the way to $2,000 for a pair.

Prices will be much better for the women's early rounds at the KFC Yum! Center. A huge crowd of fans gathered there Monday night for the NCAA Selection Show. The Louisville women are number 5 seed and will take on Middle Tennessee on their home court Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

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