Pitino 'excited' about Indianapolis draw

Pitino 'excited' about Indianapolis draw

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - UofL coach Rick Pitino sounded satisfied with his team's No. 2 seed and placement just up the road in Indianapolis for the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

"We're very excited to be going to Indianapolis for our fans," he said in a statement Sunday evening. "If our fans can find tickets there, it can be a great site for us to play some outstanding basketball."

Pitino is making his 21st appearance as a coach in the NCAA Tournament. He has a 53-18 record in it, including two national championships (Kentucky in 1996; Louisville in 2013).

UofL will open Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against Jacksonville State, coached by former Western Kentucky boss and Kentucky native Ray Harper. The 15th-seeded Gamecocks earned their bid by winning the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

Following Louisville's early exit from the ACC Tournament, some experts had Louisville on the 3 line, but the Cards' overall resume lifted them into the 2 slot.

"Obviously, our strength of schedule was important," Pitino said. "We've had the best or second best ranked scheduled and a high RPI. Half of our schedule was played against teams now competing in the tournament, and we didn't lose to a team below 40 in the RPI."

Pitino's son, Richard Pitino, led Minnesota to a No. 5 seed, making the two the first father-son duo to coach in the NCAA Tournament in the same year.

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