The red-colored and red-hot Louisville Cardinals earned the No. 1 overall seeding for this year’s NCAA tournament.
Rick Pitino’s Big East Conference tournament championship team got the top spot in the Midwest Region and will open play Thursday in nearby Lexington, Ky.
Louisville faces the winner of the first-round “play-in” game between North Carolina A&T and Liberty.
The other No. 1 seedings were Kansas (South), Indiana (East) and Gonzaga (West).
Gonzaga opens play Thursday in Salt Lake City against Southern.
UCLA, the regular-season champion of the Pac-12 Conference, is off to Austin, Texas, after drawing a No. 6 seeding in the South against No. 11 Minnesota.
Oregon, which defeated UCLA for the Pac-12 tournament title, received only a No. 12 seeding in the Midwest and got a tough draw in San Jose against No. 5 Oklahoma State.