At approximately 2:40 p.m./ET, the fifth-seeded Louisville Cardinals will tip off against the 12-seeded Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders at home in Louisville, Kentucky, in the first round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament.
Leading the Cards are the Schimmel sisters: Junior point guard Shoni, arguably the best point guard in the nation, and sister Jude, a sophomore guard and super sixth-woman. The sisters, from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon, sizzle, especially at home–and the U of L fans turn out in droves. The Cardinals ranked third nationally averaging a crowd of 9,577 fans a game this season, and the boisterous boosters helped the Cards to a 14-2 home record.
"It's the NCAA tournament," Shoni told ESPN. "So for us to have that home advantage it's great for us because we can go out there and have our home crowd behind us. With being 14-2, it shows we like the home crowd a lot more than any other crowd."
The game will air live on ESPN2 TV and/or online on ESPN3. Click here for ESPN's interactive listings website. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m./ET.
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