For the third time in the past four years, the Louisville women’s basketball team earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Cardinals (25-4) lost to Miami in the Atlantic Conference Tournament, but their overall resume was strong enough to land Louisville a No. 1 seed. South Carolina, Stanford and North Carolina State also received top seeds.

Louisville is in the Wichita Region and will play 16th seed Albany on Friday at the KFC Yum! Center.

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Louisville sophomore guard Hailey Van Lith is the Cardinals' leading scorer at 14 points per game. Louisville, No. 1 seed in the Wichita Region, plays Albany Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the KFC Yum! Center. (Adam Creech | Louisville Athletics)

Louisville is making its 24th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and is the only team in the country to secure a No. 1 seed three times in the last four tournaments.

The Louisville/Albany winner will play the winner of No. 8 seed Nebraska (24-8) and No. 9 seed Gonzaga (26-6) on Sunday.

The Kentucky women’s basketball team, which captured its first Southeastern Conference Tournament title since 1982 by stunning top-ranked South Carolina, was placed in the Bridgeport Region as a No. 6 seed and will take on 11th-seeded Princeton in the opening round Saturday in Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana.

The Wildcats (19-11) defeated the top three seeds in four days in the SEC Tournament and carry a 10-game winning streak into the tournament.

This is the third time the Wildcats have been a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament and their 17th all-time appearance. UK is 2-2 all-time as a sixth seed. UK was last a six seed in 2019 when it defeated Princeton in the first round in Raleigh, North Carolina, before falling to No. 3 seed N.C. State.

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